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ADay2Long November 15, 2010 12:11 PM

Getting an ethernet cable to the basement help!
Hey guys,

So I want to run an ethernet cable to the basement so I can put my server and folding rig in the basement to help with heat and noise.

I'm out of ideas right now on how to do it.

Tried running it through the central vacuum system, fish tape to stiff to make more than 1 corner, ethernet cable not stiff enough.

Ventilation system. Same problem, fish tape to stiff to make more than 2 turns and the way it's put together I have have to go over the little ledge where the pieces connect ...

Any other ideas you guys might have, or have done that worked for you?

I want to try to keep powerline adapters as a last resort as I'd like to keep my server on the gigabit speed.


Cowboy November 15, 2010 01:50 PM

Try setting up a wireless bridge.

JD November 15, 2010 01:53 PM

Drill a hole down through a closet/behind a door? There has to be some place that you can do it without being too noticeable. That is of course assuming your basement ceiling isn't totally finished.

I have 3 holes total in my main floor to the basement. Quite effective and don't notice them at all since there's furniture in front of them.

ZZLEE November 15, 2010 08:25 PM

Exterior to neer a window ? outdoor cable needed.

SugarJ November 15, 2010 08:47 PM

Well, if your vac outlet is near your desired outlet, hook it up and suck a piece of twine down from one outlet to another. Then use the twine to pull your wire through. Tape the ends smooth when fishing it through. You could use a standalone vacuum to do the same thing if your central vac isn't near where one end is. You may need a big shop vac to get enough suction though.

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have other color in stoch if you go thogh the vac pipe. I spected the gray one for exterior :biggrin:

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ADay2Long November 15, 2010 09:27 PM

Vacuuming a piece of twine is a great idea! I'll give it a shot tomorrow!

KaptCrunch November 15, 2010 10:07 PM


first you own the home or renting ? home is new/old, wired cat5 or copper phone line ?

how many floors we talking here basement/main/top floor, verticle placement ? or 2-3 rooms over ?

and what speeds looking @ 10/100 or GbT

over phone line need 2 modems $$$$

ZZLEE great suggesting using AC line for network

ADay2Long November 15, 2010 10:24 PM

Home is ours, built in 2001. No clue about the phone line.

I'm trying to get something from the 2nd floor to the basement. Rooms are above each other, but the room on the main floor is the living room, so drilling holes and passing wires is a no go sadly.

I set up my whole network so it's running on gigabit speeds and would love to keep it like that.

Call me paranoid but I'd rather not have someone being able to tap in my network by hooking up something to the cable that would run outside the house.

I'll give the vacuum thing a shot tomorrows.

KaptCrunch November 15, 2010 11:19 PM

orginale owner of home? have the blueprints of home ? to know what way heating ducts are laid or the vac piping

can look in the rooms face plate that has phone or cable outlet to check what is used for phone line? for most builders run the cables today to every room

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