We're having bits of our house remodeled as I speak, and it occurred to
me that it would be a good idea to put in some Ethernet cable while this
is happening. I have several PC's variously linked by long cat-5 cables
and wireless links from a combined adsl modem/router/wireless hub from
Netgear. This works well, but it is rather tatty, as my beloved has
occasionally pointed out to me.
What I want is to put the hub in one room (the office), connect it to
wall sockets, link these sockets (by CAT-5 cable) to sockets in the
attic and kitchen. Unfortunately I have no (real) idea what I'm doing. I
dimly remember things called patch panels which did exactly what I want.
You plugged your hub into the panel by a short cable, and a long cable
ran from the panel to a wall socket far away, into which you duly
plugged your PC. Patch panels now seem to come for 19" racks only, and I
definitely don't want one of these.
So, what should I do? The simplest solution, if it worked, would be to
put one double RJ-45 socket in the wall in the office, put the two
cables into this, presumably using an RJ-45 crimp tool, and run each
cable up to a single RJ-45 socket in the wall in the attic and kitchen.
Would this work? Any advice on suppliers of good quality sockets?
Obviously this solution doesn't scale well, to say the least, but I can
live with that.
All help gratefully received,
Dr. Anthony Staines, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology.
Dept. of Public Health Medicine, UCD, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Tel:- +353 1 716 7345. Fax:- +353 1 76 7407 Mobile:- +353 86 606 9713
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