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Standard User mittenkrust
(member) Sun 30-Jun-13 00:27:19
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Best setup for wired network?


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I live in a very small flat and the router is in the hall, currently as there is no plug socket next to the phone line I have the wire over the floor, then 3 wires going into the living room for my main desktop, my old 360 and my sattelite box, I then have a 4th wire going into my bedroom where I have a 2nd router just for connecting to my bedroom sky box, my XBMC xbox and my bedroom pc

I was thinking or instead of having thick wires going through the living room since I have wooden flooring, to just put the 2nd router in the living room next to where the 3 devices are(next to each other) then 3 short wires to the boxes that way there is only 1 wire noticable and the ones in bedroom can hide behind the desk and wardrobe next to door.

Is this the best method?
Standard User camieabz
(sensei) Sun 30-Jun-13 01:21:10
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Re: Best setup for wired network?


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The 'best method' is particular to each setup and house layout really. My own experiences:

In one property, the master socket was moved from the hall to the living room, under the desk therein. In another, I ran a cable along skirting from hall to bedroom.

In my current house, I have a master face plate, with a filtered CAT6 cable run inside the wall, through the loft, and down to another faceplate in a bedroom.

Here's my logic. If I am to have a mix of cables in the run, I'd rather have the higher spec cable on the long run, and have the lower, CAT5 cable doing the 1-2 metre stuff.

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Standard User drummerjohn
(member) Sun 30-Jun-13 09:39:48
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Re: Best setup for wired network?


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In reply to a post by mittenkrust:
I live in a very small flat and the router is in the hall, currently as there is no plug socket next to the phone line I have the wire over the floor, then 3 wires going into the living room for my main desktop, my old 360 and my sattelite box, I then have a 4th wire going into my bedroom where I have a 2nd router just for connecting to my bedroom sky box, my XBMC xbox and my bedroom pc

I was thinking or instead of having thick wires going through the living room since I have wooden flooring, to just put the 2nd router in the living room next to where the 3 devices are(next to each other) then 3 short wires to the boxes that way there is only 1 wire noticable and the ones in bedroom can hide behind the desk and wardrobe next to door.

Is this the best method?


Yes - perfectly fine. Use a network switch instead of a router to save complications. They can be had for £10 or less. If you are determined to use the second router as a network switch then ensure you have disabled the DHCP server on it.

Don't worry about using CAT6 as suggested here. CAT5e carries gigabit to 90mtrs without any problems.


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