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Network #2: Data And Phone Only

Mike Rogers also handled his own new-home network installation. "I knew going into it, that networking the house was something I wanted done, but could not afford to pay someone to do," he wrote. "Before the sheetrock was installed, I pulled two CAT 5e cables to every phone and cable outlet that the electricians had installed."

The builder also allowed Rogers to choose the location of the phone and cable outlets. "I had them all located where I thought they would be best utilized," he said. "This also made it easier than trying to fish wires out of the walls."

Mike also took the opportunity to redo the phone wiring, which the electricians had daisy-chained from one jack to the next, instead of using "home run" wiring (when a separate cable for each jack runs back to a central location).

The installation has a total of seven phone and seven network connections run to every room in the house, including the kitchen. Some rooms have two drops where Mike wanted the cable and phone connections to be on different walls.

 Figure 8: Inside Mike Rogers' distribution box (click image to enlarge)

Figure 8: Inside Mike Rogers' distribution box
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Mike used Channel Vision components (Figure 8) to handle the central distribution, including an enclosure, C-0438 phone distribution module, C-0508 network module and C-1311 accessory brackets to mount the DSL modem and D-Link DI-624 wireless router. There is also a Dynex 8 port 10/100 switch velcroed to the back of the router that isn't visible in the photos.

Unlike Chris' system, Mike found that his wireless signal dropped to "nearly nothing" when the enclosure cover was on. So he purchased a D-Link external 7dBi antenna, mounted it on the cover and cabled it to the router. (Figure 9)

 Figure 9: Antenna mounted on enclosure cover (click image to enlarge)

Figure 9: Antenna mounted on enclosure cover
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A DSL filter / splitter was also installed before the phone distribution block (Figure 10). The unfiltered output connects to the DSL modem, and the filtered side connects to the phone distribution panel. The entire house is now filtered with the single DSL filter / splitter.

 Figure 10: DSL filter installation detail

Figure 10: DSL filter installation detail

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