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Wiring (Internet/Ethernet/TV)

Ethernet (Internet)

I am including an Ethernet cable connection to each room. The reason for this is that it provides a more robust signal and has a higher data rate compared to Wifi for internet use. I also ran an Ethernet cable to the TV and Stereo location as these technologies merge with the internet .

In order to install an Ethernet network one needs to select a central point to locate the switch/router and run a separate cable to each room from this position. It only took 3 or 4 hours to do this. The cost of the cable is low approximately €20 for 100 metres . The best value I came across is 305 meters for €49 ( There are a few types of Ethernet cable such as CAT5 and CAT6 and combinations of these. I installed the CAT6 un-screened cable as it offers a better performance than CAT5 and maintains the same type of connections that are used today.

The Ethernet cable looks like the following . The cores are twisted together in order to reduce noise. Terminating these cables is tricky (but the tools are low cost at around €10. )

Ethernet cable

A location worth running the cable to is the kitchen (never know what a kitchen appliance will do next).

For the TV (Terrestrial) one needs a 75 ohm cable and the satellite one requires a 75 ohm cable to match the LNB. The satellite connection needs to be kept short for the optimum signal ( I was told to keep it to less than 10 metres ). The TV 75 ohm cable can be any length. Be aware that there are low quality and good quality cables of the same type. One also needs to ensure that the 75 ohm cable bends on the cable are not below the manufacturers specification as this will increase the signal loss. A good cable manufacturer will state the minimum size of a bend.

A simple wiring diagram of the data cable routes are shown below. As the cable is very cheap it is a good idea also to install one near the front door and distribution board.

Below is my wiring diagram to ensure I do not miss something.