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January 13, 2014 7:32:16 AM

Hi guys

Apologies if the terminology is not correct.

I'm currently having work done through to it my house and thinking of getting Ethernet ports in the new rooms.
Cable and teklephone lines are on the ground floor in the same location. My intention was to have the router connected there and a CAT 5 cable going to the roof from the router. This is to be connected to an Ethernet switch box via an uplink port. This switch box will then feed 2-4 CAT 5 cables to 2-4 rooms which will be attached to the sockets allowing an Ethernet connection in those rooms; WiFi is not preferable to use on the PCs.

Some questions:
1. Is that concept viable?
2. Is the cost viable?
3. Could you give me an example of a switch box with an uplink port? I can't seem to find one, is there some terminology I should be looking out for?
4. Do you have any suggestions on top of this?

Many many thanks for your help!!!

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a c 299 X LAN
January 13, 2014 7:56:44 AM

Yes, definitely wire the rooms during the construction and use CAT5e or CAT6 cable. Don't put your switch in the attic, it needs power (unless you get a PoE switch) and you need easy assess to it so have it located somewhere convenient.

Cable is a much better and cheaper option than wireless, and with a good wired network you can always add wireless access points if you need good wireless coverage.

You don't need an uplink port as any port will act as an uplink, just get an unmanaged switch with 5 or 8 ports like THIS or THIS for example.
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January 13, 2014 8:19:19 AM

RealBeast said:
Yes, definitely wire the rooms during the construction and use CAT5e or CAT6 cable. Don't put your switch in the attic, it needs power (unless you get a PoE switch) and you need easy assess to it so have it located somewhere convenient.

Cable is a much better and cheaper option than wireless, and with a good wired network you can always add wireless access points if you need good wireless coverage.

You don't need an uplink port as any port will act as an uplink, just get an unmanaged switch with 5 or 8 ports like THIS or THIS for example.


If I had power outlets installed and a boxed off area in the attic for the switch to sit, would that be adequate? I don't intend to add anymore sockets in the rooms once the construction is complete (the switch will be left alone unless there are any problems).

Other than that, everything else makes perfect sense, thank you very much for your helpful response :) 
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a c 299 X LAN
January 13, 2014 8:54:58 AM

Sure, if you put an outlet up there and have adequate ventilation the switch should be fine up there.
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January 13, 2014 9:28:46 AM

RealBeast said:
Sure, if you put an outlet up there and have adequate ventilation the switch should be fine up there.


Perfect, thank you very much
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