How to Run Ethernet Cable Through House? A Step by Step Guide for 2022

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For high-speed internet and a stable connection, you may prefer a direct lan connection through ethernet cables. Now you are about to setup an ethernet cable through house without knowing the setup hassle. How disgusting the situation right?

However, if you want a better connection, you need to know the exact procedures of how to run ethernet cable through house. Otherwise, it would be a really troublesome project to setup ethernet cable through house.

Before get into the process, you must choose a reliable ethernet cable so that it can last long even in any hard situation.

So, without further ado, lets; get started!

How to Run Ethernet Cable Through House?

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Step 1: Planning and Designing

Before you get started on your design project, there are some considerations to be made. I will cover these topics in advance so that costs, tools, and materials can be calculated properly.

  1. Where do I run the cable?

I wanted to wire my entire two-bedroom condo, as well as my TV alcove. To do this, I connected both locations with the same network, which required me to wire only two locations rather than three or more.

  1. How many ports do I need in my home network?

I connected three game consoles to the TV and one Blu-Ray player to the TV. As you can see, the number of connections was not important so I only needed 4. Because I just needed 4, I ran 4 drops to each location with enough redundancy for all 12 ports.

  1. How do you know if a location can fit the distribution point?

For me, the best place to install my router is in my laundry room. That way, cable TV and internet go into the house through this room. The placement does also allow for a larger space for equipment such as a shelf to store the routers, which need to be near enough the modem that it can supply WiFi coverage throughout the house.

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  1. Find the best point to run wiring through home

I have a cable TV line that runs through my attic and I use that to route my home network. As such, it seemed like running a line from the top floor of my condo through the attic would be an easy solution to gain access to my home network. However, if you own a single-floor homes with a basement, then you can try through basement. On the other hand, Multiple floors can make installation difficult—expect some creative solutions!

  1. Learn what the suggested network speed is for running wires in a house

A 10-megabit switch is both fast enough and affordable. They are also the easiest to come by in a used computer store, or you can get one for free. 100-megabit switches make good use of multimedia, but they are expensive and don’t last long unless you make sure you only use Cat-6 cable. You will likely need to spend more for a gigabit switch.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Crimping tool
  • Punchdown tool
  • Laptop or Cable tester
  • An electric Drill machine
  • Paddle bit or hole saw
  • Pointed hand saw
  • Strong string or a fish tape
  • Label Maker
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie type Marker
  • Ruler
  • Stud finder

Materials

  • 1000′ spool Cat-5e or Cat-6
  • Plastic grommet
  • Single Gang Retrofit Boxes
  • RJ-45 Jacks and plates
  • RJ-45 plugs (optional)
  • Router/Firewall (optional)
  • Velcro strips
  • Short patch cables
  • Patch panel

Now that we’ve (hopefully) got all the stuff we need, lets mount the wall plates!

Step 2: How to Mount Wall Plates

First, decide where to install the new frame, then find a dry wall that is ready to be cut with the hand saw. The dry wall can be easily drilled using just the hand saw.

First, decide where to install the new frame, then find a dry wall that is ready to be cut with the hand saw. The dry wall can be easily drilled using just the hand saw. Do the same thing for each new location.

Now leave the wall plates off. When you’re mounting the plastic grommet, make sure that the hole is large enough that the grommet will fit properly.

Now it’s time to run cables.

Step 3: Measuring and Running the Cables

Before running the cables, you need an estimate measurement of cable so that, you have an exact measurement that you required. You can either get a whole measurement of the floor or run a cable to do that. I prefer the latter.

To get a better idea about how much cable you need, you should run the cable from network room to where it would be connected. Afterward, run 3 similar cables likewise. The length of each cable should be labelled with a sharpie so you can mark which end is your own.

You will first need to cut through the studs on the wall to make room for the cables and drop them through with a drill. You need to find the appropriate spot for drilling in order for your top plate (the part of the wall you are going through) to go into 16″ space between studs.

Now it’s time to drilling. You can either use a paddle bit or a hole saw. In terms of using, the hole saw is quite convenient to use than paddle bit. However, hole saw is bit pricy than the paddle bit. That’s why I usually prefer a paddle bit according to my need. However, you also have the option to drill multiple small holes and run them by one cable each. But it makes cables harder to run through and they cannot be taped together.

Step 4: Make wire connection and the patch panel

Once you have run the cables to the patch panel and the jacks, now it’s time to punch down the cables.

It is much more professional to mount a patch panel, but you can take the cable straight out of the wall and plug it into the switch. However, using patch panel is not mandatory.

In the patch panel diagram, it shows that the same cable standard for both T568A and T568B. So, take a look at the wiring guide and recognize the patch cabling. And don’t forget to ensure the same on both ends. You can use a screwdriver or punch-down tool to make individual wires in each cord.

Once you have completed the wiring process, mount the box to a wall and plug in jacks that are attached to cable ends. Now its time to check the connection.

Step 5: Test the Connection

Start by checking the connections that are exposed on devices before connecting everything. You can use a wired or wireless network tester to find out which components are not working properly. The method I used was different.

Now, configure the switch with a short patch cable and set them to up/up and auto negotiate.  You need not setup other unmanage switches.

Once everything is set up, you can plug a laptop into one of the ports on each of the network switches by connecting a patch cord to both. Verify that for each switch port, the “link indicator” is lit up, which means there are no broken wire or loose wires and indicates that the physical layer and data link layer are getting along just fine. For this test, you don’t even need an IP address because what matters is the communication channel between your laptop and the network switches.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that labels on both ends correspond with each other. For example, the label “Child room Port 1” on the patch panel should goes to the first port in the child bedroom.

Step 6: Connect to the Internet

First, you need to determine where the cable modem will be installed and finish all installation procedures. After determining its location, we can continue with setting up your network.

In my home network, I have a switch that connects to the internet. I have an ethernet cable, in addition to a router and firewall connected to the switch. The router/firewall provides access for each port to connect to the internet. I’m now providing access for each port with a DHCP server on my router/firewall so it will provide internet services from inside my home through the firewall.

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is ethernet cable and why should it be run through a house?

Generally, Ethernet cable is used to connect network devices together. It is typically run through walls and floors in order to connect devices in a house. Ethernet cables are more reliable than wireless connections, and they are also faster than wireless connections.

What are the most important factors to consider when running Ethernet cables through a house?

There are many factors to consider when running Ethernet cables through a house, but the most important ones are:

  • The type of cable you’re using
  • The size and shape of your cables
  • The location of your cables
  • The layout of your house

2. How do you install Ethernet cables through walls and flooring?

There are a few different ways to do this. One way is to use a hole saw to make a hole in the wall or floor, and then use an Ethernet cable connector to attach the cable to the connector on the other end. Another way is to use a special drill bit that can go through the wall or flooring and then use a connector to attach the cable.

3. What are the common problems that can occur when running Ethernet cables through a house?

The most common problems with Ethernet cables running through a house are interference and crosstalk. Interference occurs when two or more cables are in close proximity to each other, causing a disruption in the signal. Crosstalk occurs when one cable interferes with the transmission of signals on another cable.

Final Words

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Though Ethernet cabling is not a one job, you can could do by your own if you have the necessary tools and materials and more importantly knowing the working procedures of how to run ethernet cable through house.

Now I am pretty sure you would set up your own connection as you have gone through the details procedures.