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Networking a Home

Feb 29, 2016 12:50PM PST

Hi All,
I'm currently helping my uncle get some networking stuff in his new house which he is building. We will have all these devices on the network
4 Sonos Play:1 Speakers
1 Sonos Sound Bar
1 Sonos Connect Amp
2 Wireless Access Points

These will all be hard wired with Ethernet ports at each location, I figured it will need to go to a patch panel located centrally with a switch that connects to the router, however I have come across some questions

-can patch panels simply hook up to a switch and the switch a router for Internet access
-can they still provide PoE if so is PoE worth it especially on the likes of the AP
-does anyone reccomend any switches and patch panels
-does anyone reccomend any AP
- do you need a cooling system for all this or would a cupboard with it installed and mounted in be fine.
- can the AP run through the patch or do they do have run seperately
Many thanks Happy

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Patch panels.
Feb 29, 2016 1:01PM PST

I no longer see them here. We simply put the RJ45 connector on the end and plug it into the switch. Today's higher speeds seem to be trouble with patch panels.

Again, we put the switch if need be in the now smaller space and then another line to where the ISP gear and router are.

As to POE, you have a lot of choices but it all starts with the POE powered AP and it's requirements.

As to cooling, usually there's no need unless you put computers in the box or it's widely out of control as in some hot areas.

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Patch Panels
Feb 29, 2016 1:40PM PST

Thanks so much for the response! I'm still a but curious on the switch, I'm guessing if instead of keeping it as the raw cable in a sense we add the RJ45 connector and plug it into the switch, would we then use another port on the same switch to connect to what will be the router in our case which will connect to the Internet. There doesn't seem to be an input or does this not matter and they all act as input and outputs?
Many thanks

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Feb 29, 2016 1:54PM PST

Some switches had uplink ports. Some still do. As there are hundreds of such switches you deal with them one at a time.

In a loose sense, all the ports are input and outputs. I guess a new networker would think there were ins and outs here.

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