Newbie Needs Networking Help

September 12, 2009 at 22:08:14
Specs: Macintosh
I recently did a remodel and ran two cat 5e cables and
a coax to 25 drops locations in the house, running
back to a homerun closet. I want to punch down all
voice lines, split to a data line that can be run to a
patch panel that sends the signal out via a switch and
router to all locations. My question is this, I want to
know if the following setup makes sense and if not
please correct me. From the NID feed cable into the
splitter. Voice goes to a front door intercom module
and then to a 66 network block and then jumps to 2 66
station location blocks. Data goes to a 24 port patch
panel that is connectorized. The data station cables
plug into that and a a jumper plugs into the switch and
modem. I want all drops hot for both voice as well as
data. I would also like to have a wireless network so
that if anyone were to go outside onto the deck, back
yard, etc. they would have a signal. Does that require
two different kinds of modems? Any
recommendations for splitters, routers, switches,
modems, etc. would also be appreciated. I am
debating between DSL and Cable Internet. I realize
both have pros and cons. I think that I will
compromise speed with DSL but it is cheaper. Sorry if
some of my setup is backwards. I am a newbie with
some low voltage experience, but not much. Please
set me straight.

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September 13, 2009 at 06:00:24
Voice goes to a front door intercom module
and then to a 66 network block and then jumps to 2 66
station location blocks.

Telecom is not my specialty and we use BIX blocks at work, not 66's so all I can tell you is this looks good and I hope somebody who knows more about Telecom replies to this particular question.

Data goes to a 24 port patch panel that is connectorized.

I'm not sure what you mean by "connectorized". All cables should be punched in either the A or B standard and the opposite end, at the RJ-45 keystones, should be punched with the same standard. It's worth the money to pay a professional to come and test/certify your circuits when you're done. Most electrical contractors can do this for you. I would highly recommend calling several and getting quotes and going with the least expensive. Testing 24 circuits shouldn't take an hour.

I want all drops hot for both voice as well as
data.

Then you'll need a 24 port switch to accomodate all the network connections. In a house, all phone circuits are normally "hot".

I would also like to have a wireless network so
that if anyone were to go outside onto the deck, back
yard, etc. they would have a signal. Does that require
two different kinds of modems?

That'll require a wireless SOHO router. If you buy a combo unit that also includes the modem then just remember to get one that's wireless capable. I'd recommend whichever you buy, it has at least 4 LAN ports on it.

Any recommendations for splitters, routers, switches,
modems, etc. would also be appreciated.

I've used, and been very happy with, the Linksys WRT54GL wireless SOHO routers. The thing I like most about them is their firmware is Linux based and that allows you to use a 3'd party firmware on them. I use Tomato myself but other's like the DD-WRT. If you google "tomato firmware" you can find their site and their main page also provides a link to DD-WRT and several other 3'd party firmwares.

You'll want an unmanaged switch that has no less than 24 ports. Brand name isn't so important. Just research several brands and go with whichever is most cost effective. With unmanaged switches, one is pretty much as good as the other.

I am debating between DSL and Cable Internet. I realize
both have pros and cons. I think that I will compromise speed with DSL but it is cheaper

I've used both over the years and never noticed any compromises with DSL. It's what I'm using now.



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