Home Networking Improvements.

I purchased a big spool of Ubiquiti CAT6 Ethernet cable for home a while back, with the intention of replacing some older cable runs as well as putting in some additional runs. Eventually I’ll swap out the current Gigabit networking equipment with 10G, but that’s a couple of years or so away…

Yesterday’s task was replacing a run under the house that goes to my wife’s office, and adding another so our printer has a wired link. Whilst I was at it, I also changed the mount for the wireless access point, as it was mounted vertically, so now it has a proper wall mount and sits horizontally.

The most difficult part of the process was getting the two cables through the brick wall and into the recess inside my garage where the equipment rack sits - there is a gap between where a rat’s nest of cables live, and even with using the previous CAT5 to pull through the two CAT6, it took some wrangling to have them where they needed to be. Eventually I got there, crimped all of the connectors, ran continuity tests, and finally was able to clean up and put things as they should be…

There are a few more runs to upgrade, as some runs have joiners halfway along - two lessons I have certainly learnt with all this is firstly, to make sure you things plan out and then have additional runs, and secondly, that I would not want to do this professionally! :)

Currently listening: “Captain Sensible - Wot?”

Jonathan Wrigley @workswellforme