I can handle networks pretty well, but I now have a project infront of me that will require me to hook up more than 6 computers in an office.
My problem is i want to do a nice clean job, mount all the cables on the walls, make them lead to little white boxes so they could be plugged in like a REAL OFFICE NETWORK!
Do any of you guys know of a guide that explains how to do that easily?
What equipment I need? what it's called? where do I buy it?
how do I cut the cables? how do i attach them to the boxes?
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I would add that you should go with Cat5e, this is for 1G Ethernet and it's very common to see 1G in desktops (Intel added 1G to their chipset starting with ICH8).
If you REALLY want to future proof I'd add a Cat6a (augmented Cat6) for 10G Ethernet (if you know where you want to put a file server). BUT, I don't expect to see much in the way of 10G copper until late this year or in 2008. Also, I don't think it will be economical (for me anyway) until 2009 or 2010 so it may not be worth the extra expense.