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Well I'm trying to finalize my wiring for my multi-function room. To start with, I have never worked with cat wiring. I am thinking of running cat6, to behind my lcd, a couple of outlets along the wall, my a/v stack, and to where my computer will be. I will also be using it for telephone. I also have a wireless router. I'm trying to figure out how a patch panel will play into this, or if i shud even use one, or just terminate the runs with keystones. Most of the runs will be for futureproofing, although 1 at the LCD will be for IR control of the stack, and the computer run will go to the wireless router. Your thoughts are appreciated.
Also, do I need special crimpers to terminate the cat6 cable or will a cat5 tool work.?

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You should be fine with CAT5 tooling.

As for the rest, run conduit. No matter how much you plan now, something will change. Smurf tube in the walls is a great thing. It's available at any Home Depot or Lowes.

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Wow, superfast reply....thank you. Will the RJ45 connectors as shown on ebay, and monoprice work with cat 6 wiring, or do I need the specific cat6 connectors?


This is what I have planned going from my A/V stack to my LCD....can anyone advise if they think anything else is needed
1) HDMI
2) Component Video
3) Audio (via RCA)
4) S-Vid
5) DVI
6) 2X Cat6 runs

My plan is to be able to have the audio run either off the TV (for the wife), and/or the Yammy stereo. Right now I'm running a Bell ExpVu receiver, (non HD), a Pioneer PVR, and a Yamaha, receiver. I have plans to upgrade to HD, and add a blueray. Also the DVI is so that I have the capability to hook up my mac to the LCD

Thanks again:wave::wave:

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Those should be fine.

Again, very seriously consider running conduit to all of your locations - 2 pieces to heavy usage places. No matter how far ahead you think you're going to plan, within a few years, you'll need something different.

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Those should be fine.

Again, very seriously consider running conduit to all of your locations - 2 pieces to heavy usage places. No matter how far ahead you think you're going to plan, within a few years, you'll need something different.

Bryan
Ditto that advice.
 

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Yeah, sorry that I forgot to mention the conduit. I'm planning 2" PVC to the LCD, (front area) and smurfit tubing to the speaker/cat locations.

Thanks again

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I hope this is not too late... but I would suggest running at least a pair of RG-6 cables as well. Especially if you cannot get to this area for running wires later. My rationale is that it is relatively cheap and it assures that you have a broadband solution. You can always use it to convert from other signal/cable formats. ie.. RG-6/Coax to HDMI... or to the latest yet to be named super duper connector.

Also... i double ditto Bryan's advice.

Just my two cents... MitchOK
 

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MitchOK,

Wow, can't believe RG6 slipped my mind. Thanks, and no it's not too late, I'm thinking way in advance so I'm probably a month off....just doing it on paper now so I don't have an "Oh :hissyfit:" moment after I drywall.

Thanks again

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I hear ya... I put together plans.. and still forgot stuff including stuff I didn't think I was doing...for instance...

My wife came up with a change order to add a projector lift after I had the sheetrock done... something I ruled out early because of the expense of commercial versions. I decided to DYI it. I had to fish some electrical through some tight spaces. I just posted some pics of my DYI lift in the MitchOK Theater post. Probably took me twice as long to do because the rock was in.

So... now I check with wife (aka "the bank") before I seal anything in.

Have a great day.
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You will be fine with Cat 6 wiring. And for the rest you can run conduit. It does not matter how much you have done the planning as something is going to be change. The smurf tube in a wall is the great thing. It is available at any home lowers or depot. :hsd:
 

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Cat5 and Cat6 are slightly different tooling sets. Cat 5 crimpers have a rectangular notch behind the pins used for alignment.

Cat 6 does not have this notch. This is important because if you try crimping a Cat6 connector with a Cat 5 head, you'll crush the plastic and it actually pulls the wires out of the tips. In case you can't tell, I learned this lesson the hard way.

Most new crimpers are designed for both, but if you have an older one, double check its compatibility before using it.
 
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