New wiring setup
New wiring setup
This has been asked and answered before. But just to make sure I want to go over own situation. After the cables are installed, I don't plan on taking them out to "fix" any problems. So I want to get it right on the first try :)
It's an office setup.
We have 8 pc's (incl. server)
4 NAS drives
laptop (wireless or wired)
We have a Cisco sa540 router with automatic fallback from a cable line to a DSL line.
We want to connect that to our Cisco sg300-28 Switch.
We want to connect the switch to a patch panel.
From patch panels wires to the wall outlets.
From the wall outlets to the PC's/server/printers.
The NAS drivers will most likely have a direct connection to the switch.
So we end up with:
|----------- NAS drives
| | | |
PCs Printers Server PCs
All cables a straight Cat6, so "normal" patch cables.
This should do the trick.
If you have any suggestions, tip or tricks to do it different/better don't hesitate to tell so :)
Now for my questions:
1) What shielding should I use?
2) Do I use flexible Cat6 cable or the stiffer version?
3) Can I create the cable myself?
4) Should I buy pre-made cable?
5) Should I connect using RJ-45 plugs or with a LSA+ strips?
6) Which brand of cables would you suggest?
7) Which type of wall outlets should I use?
8) Which brand of wall outlets would you suggest?
9) If I have "old" hardware, could there be a problem connecting this? Like a NAS or a printer or even a laptop? Or is Cat6 ALWAYS backwards compatible, as long as I use a straight cable and connect the devices by using the switch?
Last but not least, do you have any suggestion on what I need to look out for when installing the cables and the wall outlets? Or any suggestions in general about setting up a network like this?
Thanks in advance!