[lug] OT: wiring a house for ethernet

Joshua Rubin Joshua.Rubin at Colorado.EDU
Mon Jun 28 14:45:53 MDT 2004

I am surprised that I have only heard marginal discussion about wlan
security!  It is simply insecure, even with WEP on.  WPA is good, but
many, most, linux devices do not support it.  802.11i looks interesting
though.  I use the prism54 (802.11g) card on my desktop and laptop, it
is an AP on the desktop, and I use openvpn to build a secure tunnel. 
With that, I am lucky to get over 1MB/s, not usable for true LAN.  I
know it is a pain, but cat5\6 is not something I would ever give up.

On Mon, 2004-06-28 at 14:20, Michael D. Hirsch wrote:
> On Monday 28 June 2004 12:05 pm, Ryan Wheaton wrote:
> > Hey all,
> >
> > Sorry for the OT post, but figured there were some smart cookies in
> > here with good ideas from previous experience.  I just moved into a new
> > (rental) house.  In our old house, we had run cables every which way,
> > mashing them under floorboards, etc...  (a real professional job) In
> > the new house, I'd like to have a more "professional" job -- you know,
> > with eth outlets in the walls, instead of running cables under carpets
> > and such.  Any ideas on the best way to go about this, or how the pros
> > really do it?  I haven't been able to locate any kind of crawl space
> > under the house, and finding an attic may not help me cause most of the
> > rooms are downstairs...
> >
> I've not used three different methods of networking old houses.  Wiring is 
> definitly the worst.  Wireless is okay, though it can be messy, too, because 
> of various interference problems.
> I recommend powerline ethernet.  You buy a unit for each system you want 
> connected to the network (generally number of wired rooms--I figure computers 
> in one room can share a hub/switch which is cheaper) and plug them into the 
> wall.  An ethernet cable runs from the computer/hub/router to the wall unit.  
> That's it.
> I get essentially 10baseT speed.  Way better than 802.11b, way worse than 
> 100baseT.  Since I mostly want to web-surf from my outlying systems, I don't 
> worry about the speed--it is much faster that the network connection.  If I 
> were serving MPEG video I might look at other solutions.
> Michael
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