Home Network Suggestions

Lynn January 28, 2009 at 18:54:49
Specs: Macintosh
I'm setting up a home network, and wondering what will be the best setup to get cable TV and Internet to both the main house and an outbuilding which is about 70 feet from the house. I would like the best internet connection in the outbuilding (my office). Currently the main cableline comes into the house with a splitter for TV and internet.
What are my options to get internet and a cable TV to the outbuilding. We have an underground PVC?? (a grey material) that will house the connection (Cable or Cat5) from the house to the outbuilding. This pipe lays about 1 foot above the main electrical line, hoping to avoid any interference. Thanks for any input.

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January 28, 2009 at 20:45:40
Clearly you have planned ahead with the piping. A one foot distance is more than enough. Dirt is one of the best insulators and radiation [electronic signals] blocking substances in the world.

You will have no problem pulling a coax cable to the outbuilding.

Problem becomes splitting out the internet signal from the tv signal.

Usually you have a split in the house for cable and tv. You have to have your cable provider supply the equipment for the outbuilding which incures extra cost.

Now on the otherhand you could run a coax AND a cat6 [why put in 5 these days -cost is minimal in comparison]run through the pipe.

Depending on if you only planned on one pc or multiple network devices would decide if you wanted to wire it crossover to straight thru.

You can order premade any lenght cables off the internet.

Reason I mention this is if you go with the ethernet cable from the router to a switch that doesn't have an uplink port you need to wire crossover.

If just to a pc or to a switch that supports mdi/mdix [auto sense auto correct if xover or straight] /or has an uplink port you want to wire straight thru.

Google cat5/6 wiring and look at the diagrams and how tos. Easy to do if you have any mechanical/construction aptitude. Otherwise order it :-)

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January 29, 2009 at 00:24:00
If the conduit size is adequate I would pull multiple strands of cable. 2 coaxial cables (RG6) and 4 or more of ethernet (CAT6) for networking and telephone. The added cost of cable is negligible compared to the one time install cost.

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January 29, 2009 at 11:13:01
The conduit can probably house 1 coaxial and 1 cat6... I think it's only a 1/2"? Would I be splitting the signal too much if I split the cable at the house, run coaxial to the outbuilding then split the coaxial at the out building for TV and Internet?

What if I use wireless in the outbuilding? What is the performance difference between wireless and Cat6? The router will be about 80 feet away. If I use wireless internet, then how do I split the cable for TV in the outbuilding (it's already split at the house for TV and Internet)?

No phone is needed... no land line.

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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January 29, 2009 at 14:34:25
Think of future use. What if you want internet at both end? I think you can have 1 coaxial cable and 2 ethernet cables in a 1/2 conduit.

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January 29, 2009 at 15:16:06
Being an old construction guy still engaged in construction on the side I can apprieciate wizard-freds advice but considering the circumstances it does not apply.

One coax and one ethernet cable is all you need.

You will split the coax at the house to run to the outbuilding. If you ever want to put multiple devices on the coax you buy a $4.99 splitter just like the one you would have in the house.

The ethernet cable is all you need to connect a switch in the outbuilding. As many ports as you have on the switch you can have devices [within reasonable limits]

you aren't going to get much more in 1/2" conduit. I usually run a 1" minimum black roll pvc since I also like to leave a couple of pull strings in for future use.

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