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How Preparation on a Renovation can Lead to a Superfast Home Network

Home Renovation Project

We were recently called out to a customer in Oxford that was coming to the end of a home renovation. During the renovation, they made the decision to run in Cat5e data cables at various points around the house in preparation for their WiFi system, smart TVs and home office. They called in Redbeard IT to complete the network installation and terminate the cables to achieve a fast, reliable network for the home.

WiFi Installation for Full Coverage Throughout the Entire House

Upon arrival, we traced and identified each data cable and terminated them onto a patch panel. The patch panel was then fitted into a small comms rack (a cabinet used to house and control the central network for all terminals within a building) which we installed under the stairs. We moved the customer’s phone line from the hallway into the comms rack to centralise all services for easy management. Because a router only comes with four ethernet ports as standard, we installed a 12 port network switch and connected this to the router, also housed inside the comms rack. Because the customer had run cables through every room, we were able to guarantee a fast and reliable WiFi solution which covered the entire house.

Terminated home network point

Plan your home network before renovations

A common issue with residential installs is the disturbance caused to the interior aesthetics of the house whilst running the cables through walls, floors and ceilings. Because this customer had the foresight to run the cables before their walls were plastered, they managed to save themselves some cost and made the job very easy for our team. Data cables are often forgotten about during any kind of renovation and when left to the end of a project can cause unwanted disturbance.

This is a great case to show how Telecommunications Engineers do not always need to take care of the entire install for a new build. An important point to mention here though is the use of Cat5e cables rather than Cat6. If the customer had liaised with us before laying their cables, we would have advised that with all new installs, Cat6 cables are recommended as they support 2.5 and 5Gbit ethernet speeds.

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