Running CAT6 to the twins’ rooms β€” inside interior wall

We recently moved the twins into their own bedrooms, after sharing a room for nine years β€” it was finally time for some privacy πŸ™‚

With their own rooms; they also got their own computers β€” a life long dream πŸ˜‰ Those computers needs network, proper network, not Wi-Fi.

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Pulling CAT6 cable in existing conduit

We recently put up a wall in our previous family/play room β€” to make another bedroom, with a hallway outside. I might want an access point in that hallway at some point.

So I repurposed a telephone outlet and conduit, to run a CAT6 cable from the hallway down to the patch panel in the basement.

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Updated plans for my home network

Last year β€” I wrote about plans for my home network, or home network v2, as I called it. Let’s take a look at what I have done, what remains, and what has changed since then.

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A few Wi-Fi improvements

After my Wi-Fi mapping adventure β€” I found a few spots with low Wi-Fi signal. Both kids’ rooms on the 2nd floor only had mediocre signal, at -67 and -68 dBm 2.4 GHz, and the side garden had -71 dBm β€” which is terrible!

I also discovered that Mona’s side of the bed had much worse Wi-Fi signal than my side. This was because I had a clear line of sight to the UAP-AC-IW in the den, but the signal to Mona’s side had to go through a wall and her wardrobe…

Simply not acceptable, something had to be done!

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Two CAT6 cables and a fiber β€” from the basement to the attic

Since we first moved into this house β€” I’ve wanted to ceiling mount a Wi-Fi access point on the 2nd floor. But getting a network cable to the attic was challenging, so instead I opted for a Unifi UAP-AC-IW in the upstairs living room.

It’s time to do it right, but I’m not running just one. My earlier Wi-Fi mapping revealed poor 5 GHz coverage in the kid’s rooms, so I’m running two CAT6 cables β€” for two ceiling mounted Wi-Fi access points.

To have the option of running more CAT6 to rooms on the 2nd floor later β€” I’m including a 10 Gbit fiber as well 😎

And as my previous runs β€” no visible cables.

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