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I started out by planning the route for the cable and researching the kit I would need to buy in order to complete the job. I decided to channel the cable into the wall where the fire is, using a channel I had the fire fitter make behind the fire when it was fitted. For the rest of the run along the green wall and into the kitchen the cables are sunk into the back of the skirting board. Having replaced the skirting, I routed out a channel just big enough for 2 Ethernet cables and re-hung the skirting back in place.
The next decision was what type of cable to buy, Cat 5e or Cat6, Solid Core or not? I already knew I wanted 2 cables, driven mainly by the fact it seemed pointless just to run one and a lot of Ethernet wall face plates have 2 sockets in them so that's what I decided on. Then I went shopping.
I already had a couple of single metal backing boxes to mount face plates on, the rest of my shopping list consisted of the following for the sum of just under 40 quid:
- 2 x 20M Cat6 Shielded Network Cable, 20 Meters, FTP, Grey Ethernet Patch Lead
- 2 x RJ45 Face Plate Wall Sockets Cat6 Double 2 Port with Keystones Jacks
- TeckNet RJ45 and RJ11 N21CL Ethernet cable tester
- KRONE Type IDC Punch Down Tool Telephone/Cat5 Insertion
- RJ45 Ethernet Cable Connectors Cat6, UTP - Pack of 10 pieces
- RJ45 CRIMPER TOOLS
- Ethernet Network Cable kink protection hoods - Pack of 10 pieces