The Ethernet Cable
Most of us have already heard and seen an Ethernet cable but not a lot knows what it exactly does. Ethernet can be said to have been in relation with Internet connection but there are more to it than meets the eye. The question on what it is, what it does and why is it useful in the first place should be established. Ethernet cable is what will connect your electronic device be it a computer, tablet, gaming console, etc. to a network, which will allow you to have an access on the internet and communicate with shared network resources for you to utilize. Imagine it like having Wi-Fi connection without you actually connecting wirelessly because you can actually connect it manually through a wired connection.
People commonly prefer Ethernet cables than wireless connections because it is more reliable and there’s a faint chance that such cable would fail. However there are instances that the Wi-Fi connection can be down or the connection has been lost but this is due to some intervening factors. It might be caused by the distance between you and the network or some physical hindrances or objects that can interfere with the connection speed. The guarantee of being connected to the network can be provided by the Ethernet cable, and that is of course, without the internal factors causing the connection problem within the wiring. People have been swearing by the effectiveness of being connected directly. It gave them a faster and a more reliable internet connection experience. Moreover, it’s a good option in case your Wi-Fi is down. The connections available for you are to connect wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable connection. Some networks such as LANs (local are networks) require this cable as well to have access to the router.
Ethernet is widely known in the world as a standard in internet connectivity. Manufacturers, big or small support this network equipment thinking it could be utilized with any piece of hardware. Ethernet cables are reasonably long so it can be of use in different set-ups and you cannot run out of room with 0 to a 100 meters in length. One should also note that, there are various types of Ethernet cables in the market, all of them will definitely fit into the Ethernet port, but each type is specifically made to support different kind of network standards with corresponding speeds.
To name a few, Category 5 (Cat5) type will support 10-100 Mbps and is known to be the older version being a little bit slower type of Ethernet cable. Category 5 enhanced (Cat5e) on the other hand, can support 1000 Mbps and can cut down on intra-wire interference. Category 6 (Cat6) is another type which may be considered as the fastest type of Ethernet cable you can get your hands on in the market, it is competent enough of handling 10-gigabit speeds. Cat6 are not usually used unless you are dealing with a higher power network connection that is way above the kind of speed you use on a daily basis.
How do I run an Ethernet cable?
To kick start, the first question would be on how to run an Ethernet cable if you have zero experience on running and setting it up.
The first thing you need to do is to Plan a Route. In this first step, you have to measure the run, and calculate every turns so you can estimate how much cable you will need. In cases of gigabit ethernet, it can only work on over runs of up to 100m, so you have to make sure that there are no two active, powered points more than this length. You can cut into walls if possible and run through ceiling cavity or even just stay on the floors–there are other options as well within which you can run an ethernet cable. Most cablers prefer nailing it to skirting boards or even hide it and run under the carpet. It can also help you if you observe or pattern your run with other cables at your home, such as the TV, broadband connections and all other similar things. You can follow along these existing run routes so it will not conflict or tangle with your other connections.
Second thing is wiring the outlets. There can be video tutorials available on the web to show you how you can wire your outlets. If all else fails, you can also opt to call for a professional help of an expert to get the job done for you.
Thirdly, is the actual running of the cable. When running ethernet cables, always keep in mind to place cable clips, this is to avoid sagging of cables and staying out of line. Do not also cut the cables off the reel too early until you have plotted your exact destination. This will allow you to test the cable connection before completing the run. Additionally, you have to make sure that nothing is connected at both ends while you are running the cable as this would cause a short in the connection and might damage your equipment further. These are the most common steps on answering the question, “How do I wire my house for Ethernet?”
How do I connect an Ethernet cable to my computer?
Here are the steps:
- Connect the Ethernet cable to a yellow LAN port on that can be found on your modem
- Connect the other end of the cable to an Ethernet port on your device
- See to it that the Ethernet light is green and flashing next to the port
- Open up your browser and confirm that you can load a webpage
How do you run a new Ethernet cable through a wall?
Runniing Ethernet cable through a wall may be easy for some but others might find it troublesome. The easiest initial step is to determine the distance on where to begin and end you connection. Assess the wall on within which you will drill a hole to allow your cable to pass through. Have the exact measurements and put nail plates over the notches to put them in place. Lastly, patch all of the drywall holes.