[lug] OT: wiring a house for ethernet

David Morris lists at morris-clan.net
Mon Jun 28 17:45:42 MDT 2004

On Mon, Jun 28, 2004 at 07:27:20PM -0400, Hugh Brown wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-06-28 at 13:06, Ryan Wheaton wrote:
> > Yes, we will most definitely get permission from the landlord.
> > 
> > we have 802.11b right now (for laptops), but the speed difference is 
> > just too much.  We do a lot of file transfers between computers and 
> > such, and I find 802.11b to be tedious when transferring files.  
> > Exactly how much faster is 802.11g?  Still, the problem with that is 
> > that we'd incur a lot of cost buying a new wifi router (802.11g) and 
> > new wifi nics for all the workstations...  The cheapest G router i've 
> > found is $55 and the cheapest G nics i've seen are $30 a piece.  That 
> > would be about $175 to get it in there across the board for all our 
> > workstations...  If the speed is there, then i'd probably be completely 
> > willing to invest, but I'm just not really convinced.
> > 
> > -rtw

I use both wired & wireless networks myself.  I've found
that even 802.11g is just not responsive enough for serious
work (large file transfers or remote computer work).

One way you can route wires easily *if* they are going to the
right place is to use cold air return vents.  The duct
already takes you between floors and getting a wire through
them might be annoying, but nowhere near the challenge of
fishing.  Limited use, but simple when it works. :)


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