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dave

December 4th 2013 2:05 pm

Geeky home improvements: wiring up some Cat 6!



We recently moved into a new place. One of our current projects is wiring up the house with some Cat 6 (future proofing things)! I'm enjoying this.

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baileylo

My wife and I thought about doing this with our house, but decided just to use the WIFI.
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dave

Yeah, I think that's perfectly reasonable. Just from a geeky standpoint, I WANT ALL THE NETWORK SPEED.

But also, so we could more centrally locate our wifi router, rather than being in front of the house and stuck inside our crowded entertainment center.
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flackend

That's some really nice baseboard :D
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groovechicken

It's not so fun when you get stuck adding it to a newer house that has firebreaks in the walls and is not raised up off the ground. :/ That's when you can easily find yourself willing to try a powerline ethernet adapter after all.
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frankspin

In a rental property now and I wanted to get my NAS out of my living room so I went the MoCA route (Fios supports it). I tried powerline as well and the speeds are about the same, so we just stuck with MoCA.
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mmelbs

Will Cat 6 support Google Fiber? I'm crossing my fingers fiber comes to Oakland soon...
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dave

In theory, it should. According to Google's marketing material, they claim download speeds of 1,000 Mbps. For comparison, my Comcast connection tops out at about 18 Mbps.

https:­/­/fiber.google.com­/about/

Admittedly, I don't know all the crazy details between Cat 5, Cat 5e, and Cat 6 cables, but from what I gather Cat 6 is rated for 10-gigabit ethernet speeds (i.e., up to 10,000 Mbps)! So, if you have everything properly hooked up (with a proper gigabit router, etc) then you should be good to go!
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frankspin

Your run of the mill ethernet cable will handle gigabit. At a previous job I would plug into gigabit jacks all the time with cheap ethernet cables and get a gig connection.
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baileylo

Did you have all the required tools or are you now entering that stage in your life where OSH becomes your favorite place to shop?
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