This Old Nerd
July 14, 2011

Setting up a home network

We need to get our new house up to speed and that means we need a wired home network. Today’s episode shows you how to make your own ethernet cables, how to attach ethernet to keystones for a great finished look in your home and more.

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  • David Polanco

    Thanks Iyaz! I recently did drops in my condominium. Tuff work, but totally worth it once done!

  • Unclebigbad

    Excellent show yet again! Thanks for being a manual to follow not only on the subject you handle but how you present it. Well done.

  • Eric Johnson

    Great episode!

  • James Walker

    Good show – Have you seen (POF) Plastic Optical Fiber? I ran across a few website with it and it looks and reads like you could use it instaed of Cat5e /Cat6 in a house.  have you seen or heard anything on it? I have been interested in the cost verse Cat5e/Cat6 installation. Would make a nice episode.

    • This Old Nerd

      I hadn’t heard of that, I’ll look into it. Thanks for the tip.

  • Inspired Richard

    Good show, Iyaz. It’s probably worth mentioning that converting Cat5 cable used for phone service to Ethernet for your network will only work if your house is wired with a “home run” (a direct dedicated line) from the phone box to each of the original phone jacks. The phone service in many homes is not wired this way, even when Cat5 cable is used. It’s possible (and often cheaper) for contractors to connect phone circuits serially, rather than with separate, parallel runs.

    • This Old Nerd

      You are 100% correct about that. I was warned about the potential for that by a friend. 

  • Mark

    In the show, you quickly displayed a link. Can you put that link here? I don’t remember what it was. Thanks

    • This Old Nerd

      I’m sorry, could you be more specific? In the alternative, perhaps you could try pausing the video for the link. Thank you for watching!

  • EclipticEvader

    Great episode! I have a couple questions. In looking for RJ45 plugs, I keep seeing ones made for stranded vs solid cable. Did you use stranded or solid? Does it matter that much? Also, do most RJ45 plugs come with the little plastic guide nowadays or was there a special type. I’m looking for most of my equipment on Monoprice, but they dont seem to list whether or not they have the guides. Thanks!

  • ItsHotInTexas

    Thank you Thank you Thank you….I’ve been scouring the www all day trying to figure this out and came across your video blog…thanks again.  We just moved into a new construction and the builder informed us of the pre-wired cat5 lines.  We have a On-Q cluster in our master closet with all of the wires in one place so your video helped me understand how to hard wire through all the house.  Thanks a million!

  • Nick

    2 notes, you could have cut the coax line in your boiler room keeping the router and coax out of your other room leaving you with a much simpler keystone wallplate.

     Also and more importantly when your installing keystone jacks you want to have the sheeth of the cable inside the channel/bay of the jack. This allows you to wiretie the cable by the sheeth and you want to tie it down before you start doing the punch down so its secure and you aren’t wasting any cable.

    • This Old Nerd

      I didn’t want to move the cable modem over, but you make a good point. Also, thanks for that info on the keystone. Before the episode, I’d never done that kind of installation before.

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