|Sorry wizard-fred but that's just not really good advice unless each and every run is a single cable. |
What if you want two or more network ports per wall outlet? Then pulling cables one at a time would take a whole lot longer than need be. Chances are you're going to pull minimum two cables per wall outlet. Be it 2 network or one network/one phone is irrelevant.
If it were me, I'd be using 4 hole faceplates and I'd be pulling 2 and 2 which would require 3 cables. Phone only uses one pair and there are 4 pairs in a Cat5e/6 so you could have up to 4 phone connections with a single netowrk cable ergo the single cable for 2 phone connections.
There are two reasons I recommended some heavy twine. One, it can be used to pull cable where possible and two, you can use the twine to measure out your length and that is what I'd be using it for in this case.
Pull the twine along the exact path your run is going to be. Start where your patch panel is going to be located and stop where you outlet is going to sit. This will give you the exact length of cable required, including all bends and twists and going around objects. Then, add an extra 6 feet (2 metres) just to be sure you have enough wire just in case. Then use that twine to cut however many lengths you need for that run (2, 4, 6 etc), label them ath both ends (1, 2, 3 etc) and then pull all cables at one time together. Do this for each run in your house and it will save you a lot of time, and hassle.
Since the OP hasn't responded back I suspect they never will but I'd be more than happy to help them figure out how to do this with the least amount of hassle.........or anybody else for that matter.
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