Maybe you are thinking of setting up a NAS or home server for storage, serving media files or would like to have high pings in online gaming. This instructable will show you, how to wire your flat with standard networking cable (aka CAT5e). Why to use cables instead of a wifi connection? Because its way more fast and reliable than any wifi connection!
Comparison of transfer speeds (after deductions):
802.11b: 5-6 Mbit/s
802.11g: 20-22 Mbit/s
802.11n ("draft-n"): 100-120 Mbit/s
100Base-T ("Fast Ethernet"): 94 Mbit/s
1000Base-T ("Gigabit Ethernet"): 940 Mbit/s
Result: Just under ideal conditions wifi is able to beat a "slow" ethernet connection.
Step 1: Grab your tools
You will need some inexpensive tools and materials. I got mine from Ebay for ~10€:
- A crimping tool
- As many plugs as you need and a few more to be on the bright side if crimping failed. One of my jiffy bags include: Jack, bend protection and wire insertion pad.
- Cutter and/or wire peeler
- CAT-5e cable (A "gift" from a friend). Don't get the thick ones, they are for network wallets. Look for patch wire with the label "STP" (Shielded Twisted Pair).
Step 2: Run the wire and cut it
Run the wire through your flat. Don't bother with hiding it under the carpet or that it lies straight on the wall, we will do that later. Then cut the end of.
Step 3: Peeling the cable and remove shielding
First measure up 2cm (~ 0.8 Inch) from the end of the cable and mark it. Then use your cutter to peel it. Do the same with the shielding, but be careful of the wires. At the end we will have 4 pairs of wire. Nearly half ot the work is done.
Step 4: Put over the bend protection
Now put the bend protection(s) over the cable. The earlier you do, the better. You will easily forget this, because you can crimp a cable without this.