I run a CAT6a Gigabit network at home and I will be hitting a bit of a snag when we buy a new LED TV which will probably have an Ethernet port on the back of it for things.etc.
Problem: At the current moment in time, there are two ethernet ports located behind the old TV spot which is a CRT. It has a PS3 using one and has one spare. Because it is a CRT, it goes quite easily into the corner of our lounge.
When we buy our new TV (Next year or the year after probably) we will be placing it in our music room, directly attached to our lounge but it will be on a completely different side of the room. See the diagram below for the current network layout for the lounge and music room (Sorry for the poor drawing - Paint is rubbish):
TV Question Network Picture
The network wiring is mostly handled in the attic where I have my servers and switches housed.
I have a couple of options but I'm not sure which one would work the best and be the most professional with the things I want:
I could just lay some new cables out to the new TV spot but I would not feel very good wasting the existing CAT6a cable which is behind the CRT (And will not be used once the new LED TV is purchased because our PS3 and Wii.etc will only be played on the new TV).
1. The best option I thought of is: What is the Best module to wire two network cables together?
If I pull the existing CAT6a cables back up from behind the TV and stretched them across the attic as far as possible to the new location and then used a connector of some sort to connect it to a new length of cable to complete the stretch, I think it would work.
The only way I can think of doing that at the moment is getting a switch module and wiring the existing cable to the back of it and wiring the new cable to the back of it aswell. Is there a dedicated module specifically designed for this (Bonding two copper CAT6a cables together)?
This option would be completely free apart from having to buy 2 new specific modules (If they exist). I have plenty of CAT5 and CAT6a cable left for future improvements to the network.
2. The other option is to take one of the cables out of the bedroom, terminate it near to the new TV location (Running it through conduit over the door) and stick a switch on the end of it. Apart from having to drill a hole in the wall to put a cable through from the switch to the bedroom (Both ports in the bedroom are normally utilised so they will still need to be active) it will not be very future-proof for the network and it will cost money for the new (Gigabit) switch.
So basically the reason why I am asking is because the old ports (and cables therefore) at the old location of the TV will become redundant when we get this new TV so I am not sure what i'm going to do when there is going to be two perfectly good (working) ports left sitting there behind the old TV.
Connection Speed 8128 kbps 448 kbps
Line Attenuation 13.0 db 10.0 db
Max(Kbps): 11616 1056
Edited by chris6273 (Wed 13-Jul-11 02:53:52)