My home network, which includes several hard wired PCs and 4 Wi-Fi machines, including an HTPC and laptops.
Wi-Fi is pants! Even though the PCs are not located too far from the hub, often the signal strengh is pants - and Ive used several different access points and modems to make me convinced its not worth the hassle.
So, Ive now decided to hard wire the house with access points in each bedroom and living room - to the office access. Not a difficult job in itself - but is because I want the wires to be conceiled.....and its this I am seeking advice for!
Currently, the main office is in my integral garage thats been semi converted. Its my intention, to fully convert it in the new year and make it into a kitchen and use the old kitchen for the comupter room. This is the start of the problems. I want to conceil, but at the moment, havent got access to the runs I need to create to complete the job. But I obviously need to have the thing in place prior to that conversion.
So this week I am making a start with my youngests bedroom which I am redecorating.
What I intend to do here, is raise the floorboards, so the cableing is out of site. Thats fine for that room - but Ive no idea what to do for the best once it leaves that room. ie the routing of the cables is known, but length unknown at this time. My concerns here are if the cut cable isnt sufficient in lenght, that I would have basically knackered myself. So with that in mind, I had thought about adding a hub in one of the bedrooms, so there is a break in the cableing and that "unknown length" is no longer a real issue. (ie I will know the length needed to run to that point and would be in a position to take the cables forward from that hub to downstairs in one swoop when the time comes. I appreciate I can just cut to a length I think may be about right - but its still only a very uneducated guess.
Alternatively and far easier, I could wire it externally - but have seen someone suggest thats not a good idea as those cables are conductors and could end up frying the network if struck by lightning. Is that true?
Anyone done this able to give any tips?