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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  2/26/2004  4:41 PM
Author:  digitalamish Number:  46768 of 137372

Will this happen today, tomorrow, in 5 years?

True, but after just upgrading to 100baseT, I don't see a need to go to Gigabit yet, and that's Cat5e. In addition Cat6 is fussy enough that it's not as easy to cap the ends easily yourself. Heck, I'd be happy with Cat5, 5e IS an upgrade. I like the idea of using the 'smurf tube' (I think that's what it was called). If I need fiber later, sobeit. Also, I already found a good supply of Cat5e. Check out, and you can get 1000' of Cat5e, caps, crimper, and tester for $40! $80 will do the house, and leave lots of leftover patch cables.

Another nerd upgrade with this is that I am also planning of leaving a pipe, or some kind of a void that runs all the way from the attic (capped and insulated) all the way to the basement, so I can run cables from floor to floor. I'll put an access panel in the backs of some closets, in the middle of the house.

I'm also planning on having a couple of drops in places around the house where I may be able to set up a webcam, for a poor-man's security system. One point out a window at the front and back doors, maybe one in the garage. All running just a cheap PC with a cheap webcam, dumping images to a central server.

Wow, this thread is getting huge! Please, more suggestions. This is great!
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