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Rocky1234
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Home networks

hi, 

 

This may seem a stupid question. 

 

Bascially i want to run Ethernet cables etc from the router which is located in an upstairs bedroom (home office) to the main bedroom and living room via the attic space and the wall cavities to enable me to hard wire the sky boxes, ps4 and the laptop down stairs without having to run cables all over the skirting boards and under carpets etc. 

 

Now is this sort of thing carried out by IT specialists or electrictions? I know what I want to achieve however i am not the greatest at DIY and for something like this I no doubt will mess up. 

 

Thanks 

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Re: Home networks

did you consider powerline adapters instead?



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Re: Home networks

I have thought about adapters too. 

 

Does the speed drop off too much compared to a full Ethernet hard wired connection? 

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some find they work well - I do - but others have problems but I think a lot has to do with the quality of your electrical wiring



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Re: Home networks


@Rocky1234 wrote:

I have thought about adapters too. 

 

Does the speed drop off too much compared to a full Ethernet hard wired connection? 


Unless you are using the connections  purely for traffic between devices within your LAN, your broadband connection will be the slowest link in the chain anyway.

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Re: Home networks

In answer to your original question, either an electrician or an IT specialist should be able to run the cables for you. It is no different than running electrical cables. It may be that an electrician won't know how to terminate the cables ie how to connect it to wall socket and put Ethernet connectors (Rj45) on so check with them first.

 

Ethernet is the best option but Powerline adaptors are an option but they do inherently drop speed. It some cases it is not much but in others it can be a lot. You would need to decide if the drop is acceptable.

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Re: Home networks

Liquorice - sorry what does that even mean 😞 ha 

 

Jolly - wiring should be ok as the house is only a year old. 

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Re: Home networks

It is a bit different from electrical cables as there are no regulations about depth under plaster, minimum radius of curves, etc.  It is completely safe and legal to do yourself.  The main issue is whether you feel like the DIY problems of deciding on routing, drilling holes and making good afterwards.  

 

Much easier if you don't mind a few exposed wires along room corners or picture rails (if any).

 

Termination is a little more difficult than 'real' electrics as the connectors are smaller, best with a specialized tool.  I have rewired a house (when it was legal for a non-electrician to do so), but never put a plug or socket on an ethernet cable.  When I ran a long ethernet cable I got a ready-made one; that meant making slightly larger holes to feed through.

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Re: Home networks


@Rocky1234 wrote:

Liquorice - sorry what does that even mean 😞 ha 

 

 


If you are only connecting to the internet with each device and not transferring large files or streaming between your devices, the speed will be governed by the slowest link in the chain which will probably be your broadband connection. I.e all you need is for the powerline adaptors to run as fast as your broadband connection.

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Re: Home networks

Ok that sort of makes sense. 

 

I'm on FTTP and BT infinity 4 and only really utilising the 300 download via one device. The wireless is so inconsistent due to the location of the router and other devices hence why I'm looking at wiring the house up.

 

I will look at the adapters however if not successful it will be a waste of money. 

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