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    While I'm in the posting mood - here is the wiring diagram for my home network.

    Problem: Slow and dropped wifi signals. Not able to send HD video from Nas to my media players. Sonos controllers occasionally would not see the sonos network.

    Journey: Many hours messing around with routers. Various channels tried. Switched lots of things (Sonos, telephones, lights etc) off to try and stop interferrance.

    Solution: Cat5e wiring and two 8-port switches. Now got a gigabit ethernet house.

    Outcome: No more dropped wifi. Faster transfers of large HD files. Able to view HD video in Living room, kids play room and bedroom.

    Cost: The whole project cost me 248
    New/special offer WD Live TV from Amazon -68,
    Two factory reconditioned WD's from Amazon marketplace 65 each
    Two 8 port Gigabit switches 15 each
    Cat5e cables 1@20m and 1@25m - 20


    frank

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    oops posted in wrong thread. Now corrected.
    Last edited by toscal; 26th October 2011 at 07:39 PM.
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    I realise this thread was started a long time ago but as a new member I have just seen it. I have recently finished installing CAT5 network throughout the house because I too was fed up with dropped wifi signals.
    I have a 1950s house which I have been gradually doing work to including wiring and heating improvements. As I have been laying cable and pipe runs I have also laid network cables. each room has a minimum of two outlets which run back to a central switch cabinet in my study which also houses the router, printer etc. Yes there are a lot of cables but they are concealed in trunking where they show otherwise they run under floor above ceilings or in voids. I have used an old heating duct which ran from sub floor to roof space for the main cable access which made life easier.
    I have 24 runs all together but at the moment not all are used. I have worked on the theory that its better have too many than not enough.
    As part of this development I have also installed Owl Intuition to control heating and monitor electrical use and Mi Home to control electrical devices throughout the house. So for example if teenage daughter leaves hair straighteners on after a fixed time in the morning they will default to off anyway when she should be on her way to college. Bathroom and stairway lights etc only stay on when someone is in the zone otherwise they go off.
    All sockets in set groups will go off at set night times so they cant be left on all night or all day depending on what that socket is used for.
    All sockets can be over ridden as can light switches.

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    having sockets included in the automation is something we wish we'd done more of - we have a few, plus most of our appliances are included in the automation, but now wish we'd everywhere always run a pair - one automated, one not, at every free-socket location ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by franktate View Post
    While I'm in the posting mood - here is the wiring diagram for my home network.

    Problem: Slow and dropped wifi signals. Not able to send HD video from Nas to my media players. Sonos controllers occasionally would not see the sonos network.

    Journey: Many hours messing around with routers. Various channels tried. Switched lots of things (Sonos, telephones, lights etc) off to try and stop interferrance.

    Solution: Cat5e wiring and two 8-port switches. Now got a gigabit ethernet house.

    Outcome: No more dropped wifi. Faster transfers of large HD files. Able to view HD video in Living room, kids play room and bedroom.

    Cost: The whole project cost me 248
    New/special offer WD Live TV from Amazon -68,
    Two factory reconditioned WD's from Amazon marketplace 65 each
    Two 8 port Gigabit switches 15 each
    Cat5e cables 1@20m and 1@25m - 20


    frank

    House Network diagram.jpg
    Hi there franktate,

    I have only just recently joined this forum and immediately my interest was brought to your thread and especially looking at your map for your Home Network Diagram. When I got to see it I was interested but immediately had a lot of questions. I hope you don't mind me asking a few.

    I have been continuously updating and modifying my network and I am always faced with loss of WiFi etc and have spent a considerable amount of money bit by bit in trying to improve the WiFi around the house. Now I do realise that your thread was posted several years ago (2011) and wondered if you have updated it since and would love to see a current diagram and added accessories maybe that have improved it.

    I will do a layout of my home and with everything listed. I have 3 kids - granted they are at the stage of leaving the nest so to speak (granted that is getting harder and harder to get on the ladder) but they are still with us. I have a very very heavy duty tech consuming household and at a peak period there could be anything above 25 devices on wifi and more than 30 devices on ethernet. This I believe is causing the issue really but I also think that modem/routers supplied by internet providers (Eir, Sky, Vodafone, Virgin to name a few) are not of great quality nd one is better off by far to purchase their own modem/router which would be of better quality also providing that the internet getting to your home is of good standard as some places in my hometown are still only getting 7mb download. Thankfully not me, so please if you can have an updated diagram if it has been upgraded.

    I will upload my diagram as soon as I have it completed. Oh and you listed 2 gigabit 8-port switches - I am using 4 gigabit 8-port switches. What ethernet cabling are you using? I have Cat-5 but need to change this to the better Cat-8 if possible. So many questions. It would be great to iron out our projects to agree of the best.

    Looking forward to hearing from you and hope you are still online considering it is some time ago now that you posted this.

    Regards

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