Solved What Tools Do I Need To Run Cable In My House?

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April 30, 2013 at 11:55:38
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I'm planning on running CAT5e cable throughout my whole house and want to setup receptacles in each room for easy hardwiring. The question is, what tools and hardware will I need to do this? Here is a list of what I already thought of:

- Cat5e 1000ft Utp Solid Gray Network Ethernet Cable
- DelcastĀ® Cable Crimper Tool for CAT5 RJ-45
- Network Cable Tester
- 100 RJ45 Network Modular Plug Connector Cat5 RJ 45 Head

I heard that I will need a punch down tool? I have no idea what that is. Links to hardware on Amazon would greatly help me out! Thank you so much for the help everyone!

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April 30, 2013 at 12:15:15
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This stuff is too easy too google. Look at some of the youtube videos on doing cabling. They carry everything at places like Lowes or Home Depot these days.

You use the punch down tool to punch down the 8 wires to each end point. In one case the block and the other the outlet.

Some things to remember:
keep lines at least 6" or more away from electrical lines/outlets
untwist the minimum amount of wire to do your punchdowns.
do not exceed 100 meters/328 feet
if you have a run that will transverse where a freezer/refrigeration/other high emf output go to the top of the wall for the run to avoid possible emf.

Always put metal plates on the wall studs where the lines run through so a nail doesn't accidently pierce the line. [ this is electrical code requirement]

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April 30, 2013 at 12:31:47
Just to add to wanderer's reply....

You mentioned an RJ-45 crimper and ends. This is what you use to make patch cables. If you don't want to buy a "Patch Panel" to punch the cables into, you could put RJ-45 ends on them which would require those ends and crimper. I prefer to use a patch panel wherever possible but if you're only running a couple wires, the other method will likely be more cost effective in the long run.

Aside from the punch down tool (ie: google "network punch down tool" for a picture) you will need faceplates and RJ-45 keystone jacks for the outlet end in the wall.

Use either the A or B wiring standard at both ends and do test the cables when you're done.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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***William Henley***

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