Even though wireless networks are on the rise, there are still so many reasons to go for a wired connection. A wireless connection is yet to reach the level of security wired connections offers. And then, when it comes to your Wi-Fi, speed matters the most after security.
The way out to get the best of both is a wired connection. Wireless appears easy. Convenient! At times, wired connection could make the appearance of your setup look bismal. However, if used some of the best practices, you can enjoy uninterrupted, high speed, and secure internet browsing. We have an easy-to-follow guide on how you can appropriately wire your Ethernet connection at home.
Plan in Advance
You need to consider some important things before starting your setup. Make a list of how many connections you would need within the house. Next is to list how many post you require at each of these locations. You can keep about four for each location for more flexibility.
Next, plan the path to wire the cables. It can follow the route of your Cable TV. You can also consider basements, attics, or other areas of your home. Whatever you plan, ensure not to exceed the limit of a 100-meter cabling, to facilitate faster connections.
Sort out Materials Required
Once your plan is ready, you can now draw an estimate of the material required. Choose the Ethernet cable you wish to use for the job. Cat 5E cables are the most common while Cat 6a cables are the fastest and most reliable ones. Cat 6 Cables are somewhat midway. Make a list of the required wall plates and tools as well.
You must remember that you can save a lot here. You can buy your cables and other materials online from a reliable store. A few of them even offer lifetime support for their products. Do not forget that you must buy products manufactured by ISO 9001-2000 manufacturers.
Wire the Cables
Clear the path through which the cables need to pass. Drill the required holes keeping in mind your walls/ceilings can handle the load of the space. For walls made up of different materials, you will need to consider a guide on how to drill through them without damaging the walls.
It’s always safe to stay away from your electrical wiring. And in cases where is need to cross each other, they should be at a 90-degree angle. If you are limited with space, consider at least a gap of 6 inches from the AC wiring.
Lastly, but very importantly, always work with your goggles on while working with drills. A lot of dust and other small particles can easily infect your eyes otherwise.
Now, mount the wall plates in the planned locations. You might require drawing a sketch with a pencil (on the wall) to ensure accuracy. Cut holes in the wall and put the single gag box. Screw the clamps and you are done. Repeat it for every other location.
Be creative, but be safe. And if you are a total amateur, we would suggest you take help of a professional rather than bringing the walls of your building down!