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The Age-Old Question: Wired vs. Wireless

by grogangg / September 24, 2007 9:41 AM PDT

I'm remodeling a three-story, 6200 square foot house, tearing up floors, etc., and have been assuming that this is a great opportunity to wire the house with Ethernet cable. I envision a fully wired house with a combination of wired/wireless.

My requirements are as follows:

1. Optimal performance (connectivity speed between local computers and to the Internet).
2. Reliability.
3. Access in virtually all rooms of the house.
4. Upgradeability.
5. File and printer sharing.

My contractor is trying to persuade me not to run Ethernet cable through the house, telling me that a combination of wireless and Powerline technology will meet my needs.

My question: Given my requirements, should I hard-wire the house with Ethernet cable? If so, what kind of cable should I use?

Here are some more background facts:

I have a family of four heavy computer/network users who use computers for work, study, and gaming.

The first and second floors of the house are 3,000 sf each, with enough walls and concrete that I think wireless range will be limited, and will require multiple routers.

The bottom floor is approximately 400 sf, and will consist of a media/gaming room.

I would like to network not just computers but entertainment appliances as well (TV, DVD player, cable box, Xbox).

I am assuming that I need the services of a home networking person, but am looking right now for some preliminary insight into the Ethernet issue. Thanks in advance for any help with these questions.

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I'd run the cables.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2007 10:04 AM PDT

While some wifi is great you may want to have multiple access points in the future to spread the wifi load and fill in the dead spots.

So far, today's wired beats wifi for speed but internet access is so slow that I can't say you'll see a speed boost by going wired there.

I'd at least get a line from each floor to the next and forget about powerline for now.


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That size of home. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 24, 2007 11:35 AM PDT
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