Network-Ready Construction: Why Installing Ethernet is Ideal

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There are a lot of homes around town that have multiple computer systems with Ethernet cable strewn from one side to the other. Although the homeowners try to reduce the eye-sore by tucking them in the corners of the walls and floor, a mess of cables is bound to be visible somewhere. Building your walls with Ethernet cabling reduces this mess of cables and makes networking within the home for future use much easier to accommodate.

1. Versus Wireless

Wireless router signals can be distorted from various electromagnetic fields. Even devices operating on a frequency close to the wireless signal can cause intermittent connections and complete signal drops such as motion sensing lights or a cordless phone in the home. Ethernet cabling removes nearly all of the background distortions of wireless devices for a clean connection to the network and Internet. Although wireless connections are convenient, they still don’t deliver the quality that hardline cables do.

2. Less Mess 

As the network cabling is inside the walls, there is less of a mess to provide network connectivity to various devices around the home. It’s not far-fetched to see an Ethernet cable stapled to the walls going up and out of the basement to connect to a smart-TV that is in the living room 50-feet away from the network switch. Having access points for cable connections within the walls removes the eye-sore of white Ethernet cable stapled to your off-brown painting scheme of the room. And how often do you trip over these cables when moving about?

3. Future Connections 

If you plan on selling the home, adding Ethernet connectivity built into the walls can attract the technologically minded home-buyers. In some households, it’s not uncommon to see one computer and wireless device for every person within the family. Although most appraisers don’t view built-in Ethernet as being a noteworthy addition to the home to increase value, it could increase the worth to those who would relish utilizing the addition.

4. Central Hub 

When building the Ethernet cables into the walls, you will have a central location of where all of these connections meet. This is the perfect location to store a master switch that can easily be connected to your Internet method such as a cable or DSL modem. Essentially, you are condensing the fabric of a networking scheme that large businesses utilize within rack servers to a smaller section of your home.

Many of these are placed or built into in-wall shelving units for easy access. Although the copper cabling within the walls could last for years to come, you need easy access to the modem, router, or any other device that is connected to the network. The possibilities for a design of this nature are near endless. With enough room in one of these in-wall shelving areas, you could place network storage devices such as external hard drives for storing files to be shared with everyone within the home such as movies or music.

The most difficult part of running cable throughout your walls is attaching the jacks to the cable itself. You need to know which copper lines attach to which point on the jack. As there are many areas on the Internet detailing this setup, cabling your home for Ethernet isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Of course, this requires opening sections of the drywall and perhaps cutting a small hole in the braces as power-lines do. However, the rewards could far exceed the costs and time it takes to create a network-ready home.

This is article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.

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