Installing 5 Cat wiring?


Old 02-19-03, 02:26 PM
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Im running new phone lines and have purchased 200' of 5 Cat wiring and need to know the proper way to run it? Im accustomed to a 2 wire setup but have multiple wires in 1 now also i have a pc that id like to add to the picture and 2 phone lines so if anyone could help me generate some ideas it would be much appreciated...tnx in advance PEACE
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Old 02-19-03, 02:38 PM
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You run it just like any other phone wire. Networks are wired in straight runs, with all rooms going to one central location where the hub/router will be located. You shouldn't splice anything.
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There are a number of rules for full cat5 compliance. But let's suppose you'll defer full compliance to a later date. So for now:
  • Keep the cat5 at least a foot away from all power lines, or cross at right angles when necessary.
  • Don't pull hard on the cable -- be gentle with it.
  • Make graceful bends -- no sharp corners.
  • Make all runs from one outlet back to a central point -- don't daisy chain. Each phone jack will have a direct run back to the network interface box or a connection point in the basement.
  • Don't strip any more of the sheathing or insulation than necessary, and don't untwist the pair of wires any more than necessary. Allow a little extra cable at each end so that you can cut off a few inches later if necessary.
This will allow you to later add real cat5 terminations if you ever need it. For now, you can just use standard phone jacks. Each phone line (including your computer modem) will just use one pair. It is conventional to use the blue pair for line one and the orange pair for line two.
Old 02-20-03, 06:29 AM
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As long as you're running it now, why not pull two to each location? That way if you ever add a computer or two you can network them. The second run will also make it easier if you decide to switch to a cable modem in the future.

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