evin Gibbons <kevin@ wrote:
Um, fan? I have a (old) linksys that has a fan, but it's doom to a
moist garage because it eats it if > 5 devices are in it.
My netgears are fanless (4 port (travel), 6 and 8 port switches and a
newish 16 port switch because my brother is taking my 8).
No, CAT5 -> RJ45. Use for ethernet or serial.
Right. Now put them on opposite walls. The mantra is a gang of cables
on catty corner walls. The stuff I've not yet wired well include an
outside bedroom wall. The phone is there (the phone at this house was
chained, not home ran - grrrr). The room is great if your set it up
backwards from how we have it. But the COAX is behind the bed and the
phone is on the far side.
Avoid that. Phone runs on 2 wires of CAT5. 2 phone runs on 4 wires.
That still leaves you a couple pair for an ethernet, or 2 IR, or...
So I ran a BIG gang (6 CAT5, 3 COAX) to a wall that's shared by 2
bedrooms. Mudrings on either side let me setup ethernet+phone+tv
and have spare wires. I just plugged them into one side.
Again, ideally, I'd have wires ALSO on the other side of each of those
rooms. but my walls are up and it's a big PITA.
Do. Because a CAT5 can carry 2 phones and ethernet just fine.
Basically, it's a superset of the phone.
I used leviton quickports. No marriage to it, but I can find them at
the monster stores and at my preferred local store.
BONUS, ponder leaving a few CAT5s up near the roof.
I just put up a weather station and had to run the wire down the side.
I used phone wire because I have a spool that's near useless, but if I
had a choice, I'd have it tuck into the soffet and into the attic.
We also have a neighborhood wireless network (down to 2 T3's at 2 sites
5 miles away). I'd be happier having the uplink in the attic (it's a
little box and a directional antenna to an antenna cluster up the hill).
Oh last: SOLAR.
I'm getting Solar in. That zero's my powerbill (summer I over generate
and sell to the grid, in winter I under generate and draw from. $0 net
I WOULD do water heat but running pipes would mean tearing out way too
much. Before walls it's really easy - you basically run 2 pipes from
the utility room to the roof. Just preheat the water before it hits
your water heater. Guy nearby had problems because he cycles from the
roof to a 10 gallon holding tank (small water heater with no heater).
It then goes into a tankless water heater (far more efficient that a
tank for most uses).
His problem was that the holding tank water was getting to > 160
degrees. Which caused problems by being TOO hot. The tankless
wouldn't go on, but it was scalding without that.
He's looking at a 20 gallon holding tank.
But a PVC from attic to power input means running solar would cost you a
lot less later. (1.5" or 1" would be enough. I"ve got 2x300v runs
going in at 12Amps total).
A pair of pipes from utility to roof means solar heat is a simple
Doing any of that later costs $100s (running cables to roof, etc) or
thousands (pipes through existing walls or routed around house and
My state pays for around 40% of the solar install (until July).
Many states do (NJ, MI, Pa are doing quite nicely right now, AFAIR).
Interesting and edumucational site for me was http://www.solarhouse.com/
In Maine. Where it's winter from october (