Setting Up Wiring Closet

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joybull

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i have a few questions. thank you for reading.

I need to set up a wiring closet. There are about 15 cable runs, which will be terminated in a patch panel in the closet. I need to connect this to a cable modem. what is in between the patch panel and the cable modem?

i will also be setting up wireless in this house. Can i just plug in wireless access points into ethernet jacks (meaning: the horizontal cabling is just normal cat 5 cable that can be plugged directly into an access point with a patch cable, no?)?

lastly, if i want best coverage, i assume i can just use boosters to boost the signals of the wireless points. will they need to match the brand of the access points because i will be mixing and match waps?

thank you very much for any help.
 
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1. A cable router. You may want to get one with built in options like a firewall, a wireless access point, or a switch. You need to connect a lot of cables, so you may need one or more additional switches. At work I use a cable router/8-port switch with firewall and VPN and an additional 8-port switch.
2. Yes.
3. Don't know. It's probably better to be safe than get fined by the FCC ;)
 

joybull

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a follow-up question: Will i use standards ethernet patch cables to go from the patch panel port to the ethernet router\switch? Furthermore, I expect that i will be using a roadrunner cable modem and will just use a wan port to connect the switch.
 

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Originally posted by joybull:
a follow-up question: Will i use standards ethernet patch cables to go from the patch panel port to the ethernet router\switch? Furthermore, I expect that i will be using a roadrunner cable modem and will just use a wan port to connect the switch.
Yes the patch cables will work fine but you are going to need a Router in between the Cable Modem and your switch. See if you can buy a combination Router with an 8 port switch. Or maybe you would be better off with just a basic one port router and then hook your switch up to that.
 
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