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17-Jul-2010, 11:49 AM #1
Question Internet in every room?
Hello everyone,

I am not that great with networking and I was wondering how easy it would be to get cabled broadband into every room in my new house. It is going to be wired in as the house is being built.

I have a BT home hub that has 2 ethernet ports on the back and my thought was to use one for upstairs and one for downstairs. Is it possible to have a Double port wall socket and then connect both of the Ethernet wires from the HomeHub into the wall socket which will then split each ethernet into 4 rooms?

E.g. Ethernet Port 1 will be used to supply 4 ethernet plugs in the upstairs and Ethernet Port 2 will be used to supply 4 Ethernet ports downstairs.

Any advice on this would be great.

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17-Jul-2010, 11:57 AM #2
Wow what a great project How many rooms do you want to have wired up?
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17-Jul-2010, 12:03 PM #3
If you run ethernet cables from the common point to each desired location in the house then you can easily make changes at the common location. You could initially have two ethernet switches, each connected to a router port, as you seem to want. Later you could use just one larger switch or multiple routers or whatever depending on your future needs.
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17-Jul-2010, 01:26 PM #4
So this sort of setup would work? (see attachment)
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17-Jul-2010, 01:44 PM #5
If those 1st two "Wall Sockets" are ethernet switches (or hubs), yes.
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17-Jul-2010, 01:46 PM #6
Well I was thinking that they would be just this sort of thing http://www.yok.fi/img/liitinrasia.jpg which would then have ethernet cable connected by using the color coded clips on the back which you slot the cables into.

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17-Jul-2010, 03:04 PM #7
Piece of cake. Just run homerun drops from the location where you will terminate the network to each of the jack locations in the house. Since cable is cheap and labor is expensive, I'd run two cables to each box from the junction. Make sure they're clearly labeled as to where they're going, it'll save you the work of figuring it out later.

Connect all of the cables in the network termination to an Ethernet switch and connect your broadband router to the switch. You'll have wired Internet and network access in all the locations.
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17-Jul-2010, 03:19 PM #8
Hello John,

Thanks for the reply. I understand the network switch thing and the broadband box. I suppose i would need something like this

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Compoint-8-Por...item5190f019e3

I would connect the BT Home Hub via an Ethernet Cable into the uplink Ethernet Plug and then route each of the other wires to a wall socket in the rooms around the house?

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17-Jul-2010, 04:07 PM #9
Well, that's good if you only have 7 rooms you're wiring, since you have to leave one port for the router connection. I was thinking more along the lines of something like this NETGEAR GS116 10/100/1000Mbps ProSafe Gigabit Switch. This gives you gigabit connections all around, allows room for expansion, and doesn't break the bank.
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17-Jul-2010, 04:21 PM #10
That one does have 8 ports + an uplink port. I am guessing that the uplink port is the input port that will be shared around the rooms?
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17-Jul-2010, 05:20 PM #11
I have a GS108 (similar to what JohnWill posted a link to, except 8 ports). Same switch, fewer ports. It is a smart switch that allows me to turn ports on and off, set the link speed per port, monitor usage per port, designate one port as a sniffer port (for monitoring my kids online acivity). Much more that a regular dumb switch. I rather like the metal enclosure too that has a ground terminal I can connect to ground for static control.

As for which port to plug the router into on a GS108 or GS116, all ports are equal.
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17-Jul-2010, 05:39 PM #12
Well, the one I linked to is not a smart switch, but for his situation, I don't see the extra expense of a smart switch as being warranted.
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17-Jul-2010, 05:40 PM #13
That is what I was thinking. I only really need one that just allows the internet to be spread around. I don't really need any extra features. What I do need is 8 output ports and 1 input for the Home Hub.
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17-Jul-2010, 05:51 PM #14
That's 9 ports, so you really need a 16 port switch. Besides, I can assure you that you'll figure out something like a NAS for network-wide file services that you'd like to add, and you'll be glad you have an extra port or two on the switch.
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17-Jul-2010, 05:53 PM #15
You have a good point there. Would something like this do the job?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/16-Port-Networ...item4836915490
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