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Networking – Building a Prewired Home. Mike Cherney. Prewired Home – built 1995/6. Wiring Cost - $941.85. 7 Phone Jacks 12 Security Contacts 6 Category 3 Runs 13Coax Runs 7Category 5 Runs 2Speaker Wire Runs Much less expensive at time of construction!

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Networking –Building a Prewired Home

Mike Cherney


Prewired Home – built 1995/6


Wiring Cost - $941.85

  • 7 Phone Jacks

  • 12 Security Contacts

  • 6 Category 3 Runs

  • 13Coax Runs

  • 7Category 5 Runs

  • 2Speaker Wire Runs

    Much less expensive at time of construction!

    Cable provider may install some of this (at no charge).


Hub and Distribution


Basement

Basement

First Home Mac - 1990


AppleTalk Network – 1994

bluejay

modem

Basement

Basement

Basement


AppleTalk Network – 1996

Interact

modem

modem

modem

Guest Room

Office

Bedroom

Basement

Office

Office


Transition to PC’s – 1998

Interact

modem

modem

modem

modem

Guest Room

Guest Room

Office

Office

Basement

Bedroom

Office

Basement

Office


First Ethernet – 2000

Interact

modem

modem

modem

modem

modem

Dining Room

Guest Room

Office

Office

Bedroom

Basement

Basement

Guest Room

Office

Bedroom

Office


Dining Room

Router – 2001

Interact

modem

modem

modem

modem

modem

Guest Room

Bedroom

Office

Office

Basement

Basement

router

Guest Room

Office

Bedroom

Office


Cable Modem and Router


Dining Room

Office

Office

Office

Office

Cable modem – 2001

Qwest Online

Cable modem

router

Guest Room

Bedroom

Basement

Basement

Guest Room

Bedroom


Hub – 2001

Qwest Online

Cable modem

router

hub

Dining Room

Guest Room

Basement

Basement

Office

Office

Bedroom

Guest Room

Office

Bedroom

Office


Today

Qwest Online

Cable modem

  • 3 Desktops

  • 3 Laptops

router

hub

Dining Room

Guest Room

Basement

Basement

Office

Office

Bedroom


Installation

  • Almost everything worked

    • Plug and Play

    • Out of the box

  • Interrupt Conflict

    • Between one ethernet card and modem

    • Tried debugging using Microsoft “Help”

    • Tried manually changing interrupts

    • Solved by removing modem card

  • Cable Modem Installation and Service Activation

    • $62.50 (ask for special offers)


Hardware Costs

  • Modems

    • $5 (on sale / rebate) - $60 / each (no longer used)

    • built into newer laptops (still used for travel)

  • Ethernet cards

    • $5 - $10 / each (on sale / rebate)

    • built into newer laptops

  • Router

    • $60 for 4 ports (on sale / rebate)

  • Hub

    • $40 for 4 ports

  • Cable modem

    • included in service


Monthly Cost

  • Broadband - $48.90 per month

    • $51.92 per month with taxes and fees

    • Includes 16 channels of cable TV

      • Cost without cable TV: $49.95 per month

    • Includes cable modem rental

  • Dial-up - $11.95 per month

    • Required landline phone line

    • Evaluating discontinuing landline

      • $35.05 per month including taxes and fees


Speed

  • In general, slower than my lab

  • In general, faster than my office

  • This is a hint

    • I should bother network services


More that could be done and “Is it needed?”

  • Add Wireless Access Point

  • Add Network Printer

  • Put Ethernet Card in Mac

  • Controlling Internet Access

  • None of this is needed.

    • Is it home infrastructure?

    • Is it leisure time activity?


In Retrospect

  • Cable Modem – Good Investment

    • Connect time

    • Downloading time

  • Prewiring

    • Now bundles including fiber

  • Router + Hub – Get a single package

    • Router with wired ports for desktop

    • Wireless Access Point

    • Print Server


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