So it was finally cool enough to journey into my attic!

August 26, 2010 | Reading time: 1 minutes

And I’ve got CAT-5 cable between the Computer Room and the Living Room!

Unfortunately I only found one network plug, so I’m stuck until tomorrow when I can get another plug so that I can complete this job.

What does this mean?

  • A wired connection will make buffering between my media player and the server MUCH quicker.
  • I’ll get my Apple Airport Express back for personal use again (which has served me VERY well for the last two years as a wireless bridge to 3+ devices)
  • My wireless bandwidth will increase as Vonage and other devices in the Living Room aren’t chattering all over the place.

Hopefully the hand-me-down CAT-5 cable’s kinks aren’t breaks. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Update: Lunch, Thursday August 26, 2010 – I took 30 minutes to finish the job (including installing port box the and the wire runner) and boy it’s nice. My PopCorn Hour box went from 4-5 seconds buffering to 1-2 seconds (and the switch it’s connected to in the living room is only a 10mb port if I recall). I can instantly upgrade that network between the Living Room and computer room by replacing the living room switch with a newer, faster model.

I’m very happy with the results, and I’m glad to have my Airport Express back in hand as using it was a matter of desperation at the time (almost 3 years ago!!!).


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