I’ve written about the structured wiring used when we built our new home. Structured wiring is a great way to create a very stable and functional home network. My wife and I both work at home quite a bit between our real jobs and online ventures so having a home network setup is extremely useful.
Setting up a home network is really easy to do if your home has been wired with structured wiring. When we built our new home we ran structured wiring to all the bedrooms, the living room, kitchen and office. The structured wiring that we used had two pairs of RG6 and two pairs of Cat5e cables. Each room has a “home run” set of these cables that runs down to our utility room in the basement. The cable TV and phone lines from the utility poles on the street run directly into the utility room where we have set up the network router.
In the utility room we have a D-Link Ethernet Broadband Router connected directly to the Arris Comcast Touchstone Telephony VOIP BROADBAND Modem that Comcast installed for our VOIP, Internet and CATV. The router gives us 4 ports which means you can run the internet and network to 4 rooms. However, we have a total of 8 locations around the house with network ports that a computer can be hooked up to. So I installed a D-Link DES-1105 5-Port 10/100 Desktop Switch to the network router. This creates 5 additional ports so we have a total of 9 ports available.
Once you get the network router set up then setting up the home network is really easy. You’ll need to connect each computer to the Cat5e connections with a Cat5e network cable. The base of our home network is the new Dell Desktop Computer that we just bought. We also have a Brother MFC-240C Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer, Copier & Fax hooked up so we can use it as a shared printer with both computers on the network. The main computer is running Windows Vista and it was pretty easy to set up the network by following the network wizard. Our second computer is a few years old and it’s running on Windows XP but both computers seem to work well on the network together.
I also installed a Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband Router to the network port in the kitchen. This allows us to use our laptop in the house along with guests when they are here visiting.
Hopefully this article sheds some light on the ease of setting up a home network and show you the power of structured wiring. Structured wiring has many other uses which make it a great investment in your next home.