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Running an Ethernet cable through the floor

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I'm trying to run an Ethernet cable from downstairs to my room which is on the second floor and was wondering if it is safe to do so. Will there be any pipes underneath my floor which I could possibly… Read More
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
I'm trying to run an Ethernet cable from downstairs to my room which is on the second floor and was wondering if it is safe to do so. Will there be any pipes underneath my floor which I could possibly drill into. If anyone has any experience with this, I would really appreciate your input. Thanks.
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
if you have central heating there may be pipes it's your home so you would know better than anyone can you not remove a floorboard for a better look? or get a stud finder? might be easier to run the cable outside and upstairs?
#2
Why are you drilling ? The pipe may be cut into the rafters which you will see because that's what the boards a nailed to. They run the other way to the boards. Best option is to go outside and up the wall. If you can't do that choose the best corner and take the wire under the skirting to it then pull up the board in the upper room and poke an hole as close to the corner down in to the room below. Then run the wire up the corner to the ceiling.
#3
have you thought about a power Ethernet unit one plugs into hub it then the other plugs into your device no need to run a cat 5 cable it uses your mains
#4
Thanks for your help guys. I will look into some of these ideas.
#5
Don't do any drilling unless you can see that it will do no damage. You also have to consider electrical cables which can also be run in the void between downstairs ceiling and upstairs floor. You don't want to be drilling into the power circuit.
Like mentioned above, lift the board you are considering drilling through so you can see exactly what you can and can't achieve by drilling.
#6
NoFinPhish
Don't do any drilling unless you can see that it will do no damage. You also have to consider electrical cables which can also be run in the void between downstairs ceiling and upstairs floor. You don't want to be drilling into the power circuit.
Like mentioned above, lift the board you are considering drilling through so you can see exactly what you can and can't achieve by drilling.


The problem is, I don't have floorboards. It's like 1 thick piece of wood that covers my whole floor under my carpet.
#7
Yeah. Chipboard sheets locked together is the modern way to make a floor. Can you go outside then up to roof space then down to room? Run cable up the back of drain pipe or by the side of another cable if there is one outside already. You can run through the air vent if you have one? Sometimes find a vent at the gable end of loft wall. If your going through floor, do so in a cupboard if you can. Go very carefully though. Don't hit a pipe. You could also try going upstairs and looking at the bottom of the skirting. Sometimes there is a gap and you can see power cables that go up to sockets above the skirting. If you take skirting off that will get you to the power cable access hole in floor that you can use. Just push a long screwdriver through the ceiling bellow from above. From there you can dig out and feed your Internet cable through. Some basic diy skills needed to repair damage to ceiling and fitting skirting back on though. Power adaptor is your best bet I guess
#8
Get a flat cable like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00UO5JFNY/ and run it outside through the windows
#9
Get yourself some god damn power line adapters don't be drilling into the floor
#10
Just drill the board from above slowly, once it's through wiggle the drill bit about to check your not touching anything then crack on through the plasterboard ceiling. Better to do it from below if you don't mind a bit of dust in your hair.

Some people love creating faff for a very simple job.
#11
oolla
Get a flat cable like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00UO5JFNY/ and run it outside through the windows


but then won't my window have to stay open all the time?
#12
AStonedRaichu
Get yourself some god damn power line adapters don't be drilling into the floor
Second this you can then conect in any room throughout building without ripping building apart
#13
Aaron37
oolla
Get a flat cable like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00UO5JFNY/ and run it outside through the windows
but then won't my window have to stay open all the time?
Nope... there should be a rubber gasket/thing around all modern upvc that would accomodate such a flat cable. Like othere have said a powerline adaptor would be your best bet unless your electical wiring is very old. Also the flat ethernet cable is excellent at burying underneath carpets, alongside skiring boards/up the stairs and then into the room you want it.
#14
I agree, buy powerline adaptors, you just plug them into your wall socket and that's it done, no laying cable or anything else, no mess.
#15
Have you got dot and dab plasterboard as you can route a cable behind the plasterboard. Lots of ways of doing this. You can even wire it outside like an aerial cable.
#16
There is this new-fangled modern invention called WiFi of course....
#17
Doesn't sound like you should be let loose with a power drill. Could be the Texas chain saw masacre all over again. X)
#18
Two tin cans connected by wet string sounds too fancy
#19
The easiest and most pain free way to do this is just to run it under the carpets. I had that setup for over 15 years in my last house... I ran a normal telephone extension from master socket to my room, 15 metres, and when we got virgin which had the main TV in our downstairs lounge I just upped the carpets and added a 20 metre ethernet.

Doing this enabled me to drop virgin every other year and get a good deal on adsl and vice versa.

Dont drill....
Dont feed outside.
Dont mess with floorboards.

Get it fed under the carpets but get both sets of wires there from the start and u will have no issues.
#20
NoFinPhish
There is this new-fangled modern invention called WiFi of course....


Not that new now. We're now switching to a low frequency doppler wifi that has twice the signal penetration with no bandwidth reduction.
#21
As 2 others have suggested - Use Power Line Adapters (otherwise known as Home Plugs).
I cannot understand why anyone would suggest anything else tbh.
#22
Is there a speed trade off using a power line/home plug?
#23
rally
Is there a speed trade off using a power line/home plug?

Depends on the powerlines, I've got 40mb and it runs 40mb solid where ever my homeplugs are, Nearly as good as a direct connection.

Probably a trade off at a certain point but I think they're a good solution.
#24
Power line adaptors
#25
shauneco
rally
Is there a speed trade off using a power line/home plug?
Depends on the powerlines, I've got 40mb and it runs 40mb solid where ever my homeplugs are, Nearly as good as a direct connection.
Probably a trade off at a certain point but I think they're a good solution.
Is yours 500mbps?
#26
Power line are an OK-ish solution, but they tend to be much slower than an hard wired solution (Gigabit i mean there).
Plus, the majority of powerline adapters will go no faster than 100Mbps (due to their ethernet connection speed) even though they say their rated at 500Mbps!

The options you have are as follows:
1. Powerline adapters (Gigabit rated are best, but still not the fastest method. Neat and tidy)
2. Wifi version AC. If you spend a decent amount it can go faster than hard wired and a neat solution, but is expensive to get best quality.
3. Hardwired through walls and floors (Gigabit connection, low cost, good speed but messy)
4. Flat Ethernet cable, run under carpets/along skirting (good speed, low cost, relatively tidy)

I went for option 4 - a flat ethernet cable running underneath the carpets and staple-gunned to skirting where there was no carpet. Its a very fast option, cheap and neat if done properly. And there are no holes to drill, just make sure you get a cable long enough
#27
rally
shauneco
rally
Is there a speed trade off using a power line/home plug?
Depends on the powerlines, I've got 40mb and it runs 40mb solid where ever my homeplugs are, Nearly as good as a direct connection.
Probably a trade off at a certain point but I think they're a good solution.
Is yours 500mbps?
Not sure, think so.
#28
Ive got a pair of 500mbps and they transfer consistent speeds of 52mb from my router from internet. Think its good enough at the mo as gigabit cabling isnt necessary with most equipment as yet.
#29
rally
Is there a speed trade off using a power line/home plug?

Yes...at best you'll get about 50% of the speed of Cat5e/Cat6 for internal LAN traffic....

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