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Hi, I was wondering if I could get some help cabling my house. I've never done any cabling before, and I have three PCs in the basement, and one PC on the second floor. The three downstairs are networked, and I want the one upstairs connected to the hub. I don't know what this cat5 is, but I'm up to any suggestions and help.. thanks

RE: cabling

CAT5 is simply unshielded twisted pair. The patch cables you have your other machines connected to your hub are more than likely CAT5. Just find a point where you can go up, preferably thru a stud, so it will be inside the wall. Cut a hole, Put a network jack (I think you can get em at Home Depot) and voila, you are on the network.

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RE: cabling

Category 5 is a series of specifications about twists per inch and permissible cross talk between wires, etc.  both the materials and the instillation must conform to cat 5 to get 100 mbit networks

For one run, I would invest in a premade cable of 100 feet rather than invest the time to learn the skills to terminate bulk cable ( a middle postion would be to pull bulk cable yourself and bring in a expert to terminate it, that may be pricier than either extreeme)

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