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Next week I'll be moving into my new house and I'm wanting to get the cabling done. I used Cat5E and wall plates supplied by the electrician in my current home, which worked out OK given I only had 6 points. However, in my new place I want more like 20 and would like to get a patch panel / rack in the garage. I also am thinking I'll use Cat6 cabling.

 

I have a home office that is actually a home office. ie I do paid work from it, so I'm not afraid to skimp on quality/cost and want to make sure the infrastructure will meet my needs professionally and when I'm off the clock.

 

My current network gets about 35MB/s on a good day, and 3-5MB/s from other machines (all PC's and NAS has 1Gigabit cards and the switch is a 10/100/1000 switch but I find one Pc always transfer very poorly). All machines are Windows 7, except the NAS, which is linux.

 

Anyway back on topic, this is really about infrastructure.

 

Ideally I'd like a patch panel/rack in my new garage, with the switch, modem, router all located there (as is the case at my current home). I'm thinking the number of ports will be :

* Office - 6

* Lounge - 4

* Family Room - 2

* Bedrooms (x 3) - 1

* Kitchen - 2

* IP Security Camera - 1

 

A total of 18 + 1 for the modem and another for the wireless router (19 total - leaving 4 spare for NAS and other servers in the garage).

I'm thinking of getting this http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/2RU-30...unt-Frame-.html I'm not sure what else I need and what the words mean :p

I guess I need this http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/24%252...unt-Switch.html

I expect I'll get some of these http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/6-Way-...Wall-Plate.html in the various required formats (eg 6, 4, 2, 1) as well as these http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/Austra...RJ45-Jack-.html to plug into the wall plates.

and obviously the cable itself.

 

I think I need a patch panel too http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/Cat-6-...nation-Cap.html which should fit in the 2U rack above, along with the 24 port switch.

 

 

Is there anything else I'm forgetting?

How much should I expect it would cost to the sparky in to put the cables in the walls?

While I've said I'm not too concerned about cost, I'd like to do the lot for < $1500 (my last house cost me $1200 for 6 points, but I had about 30 downlights fitted at the same time).

 

Cheers,

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Next week I'll be moving into my new house and I'm wanting to get the cabling done. I used Cat5E and wall plates supplied by the electrician in my current home, which worked out OK given I only had 6 points. However, in my new place I want more like 20 and would like to get a patch panel / rack in the garage. I also am thinking I'll use Cat6 cabling.

 

I have a home office that is actually a home office. ie I do paid work from it, so I'm not afraid to skimp on quality/cost and want to make sure the infrastructure will meet my needs professionally and when I'm off the clock.

 

My current network gets about 35MB/s on a good day, and 3-5MB/s from other machines (all PC's and NAS has 1Gigabit cards and the switch is a 10/100/1000 switch but I find one Pc always transfer very poorly). All machines are Windows 7, except the NAS, which is linux.

 

Anyway back on topic, this is really about infrastructure.

 

Ideally I'd like a patch panel/rack in my new garage, with the switch, modem, router all located there (as is the case at my current home). I'm thinking the number of ports will be :

* Office - 6

* Lounge - 4

* Family Room - 2

* Bedrooms (x 3) - 1

* Kitchen - 2

* IP Security Camera - 1

 

A total of 18 + 1 for the modem and another for the wireless router (19 total - leaving 4 spare for NAS and other servers in the garage).

I'm thinking of getting this http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/2RU-30...unt-Frame-.html I'm not sure what else I need and what the words mean :p

I guess I need this http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/24%252...unt-Switch.html

I expect I'll get some of these http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/6-Way-...Wall-Plate.html in the various required formats (eg 6, 4, 2, 1) as well as these http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/Austra...RJ45-Jack-.html to plug into the wall plates.

and obviously the cable itself.

 

I think I need a patch panel too http://www.4cabling.com.au/products/Cat-6-...nation-Cap.html which should fit in the 2U rack above, along with the 24 port switch.

 

 

Is there anything else I'm forgetting?

How much should I expect it would cost to the sparky in to put the cables in the walls?

While I've said I'm not too concerned about cost, I'd like to do the lot for < $1500 (my last house cost me $1200 for 6 points, but I had about 30 downlights fitted at the same time).

 

Cheers,

I would call data cabling mobs in your area and get them to quote, just tell them rough distances from each room to the panel location, the gear you want to use, and they should be able to quote you for the lot without even coming round.

 

But, I am a bit lazy, I tend to pay pros if I cannot be bothered to do it myself.

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I would call data cabling mobs in your area and get them to quote, just tell them rough distances from each room to the panel location, the gear you want to use, and they should be able to quote you for the lot without even coming round.

 

But, I am a bit lazy, I tend to pay pros if I cannot be bothered to do it myself.

Yeh :) I'd be getting some professional quotes, as I'd be getting professionals to the cabling. My main concern was "Do I have all the networking infrastructure necessary for this project".

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Long term situation?

 

Definitely get a pro, call Anixter's local office, ask for the manager, tell him Chris from Perth suggested you call, I used to work for them.

 

They sell the top drawer brands, Systimax, Panduit, Siemon. It's a small job by their standards but I'm sure he'll happily recommend a cabler and supply the good kit.

 

A couple of thoughts: Never cable a single point, always doubles, even if you don't light the second one up, you'll be glad one day :)

 

Cat 6 definitely, 5 is on the way out, Cat6A is where it's at really.

 

Cat 7 for domestic is a bit over the top, I am using it in our new data centers but those are a little different.''

 

Stay away from Clipsal, and in my opinion only, Krone, the brands mentioned above are better, consistently and last longer.

 

Cheers

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I've got a 2 pair of (12U I think) side rails L and S shape if you want them. Would only take a couple sheets of MDF to build a cabinet.

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Got all going nicely. Got a sparky to come in and hook it all up for me. Patch panel in the garage with my NAS out there. gigabit through the walls to the rooms state in the OP.

 

I put two ports in each bedroom though. I grabbed most the hardware from my mate, a salesman at PC hardware wholesaler.

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