I know I need a gigabit switch (will need to get at least 24 port, as I have 17 cat5e runs throughout the house. I will have the following in a rack in the basement: NAS, PS3, Apple Tv, AVRs, Directv. I was wondering if I should punch down the ends of the cat5e wire that comes into the basement and then run patch cables into the switch?
I also need some advice on what kind of cat5e cable (bulk) would I need to buy in order to make patch cables and add more runs to some other places. The contractor who build the house put in Honeywell 4 pair Category 5e unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable, general communication UL 1666 riser rated UL (or ETL) Listed with 24 AWG solid bare copper conductors, polyethylene or polypropylene insulation, sunlight resistant RoHS compliant PVC jacket and a ripcord, 1000 - 0 (descending) footage marking. UL (or ETL) Verified to TIA/EIA-568 (Latest Revision) Category 5e and sweep tested to 350 MHz.
. So I am confused do I need to buy the same one to make patch cables or a different type (solid, stranded, etc).
Would it be beneficial if I bought rj45 connectors that are metal shield (like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/231033393153) or should I just go with the plastic ones?
Any help would be great,
Thanks for the quick reply
If your looking to buy cat5 cable check out monoprice. Those guys have pretty good prices on cables. I
Have you tried to run internet over powerline? My network runs on both ethernet and powerline. I even though about running them over coax as well but I seem to have plenty of bandwidth between ethernet and powerline.
Having powerline makes it handy to drop internet anywhere in the house without having to run cable or rely on wifi only.
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