Anyone know how much it would cost to get a home "wired"?

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  1. Arkitech

    Arkitech Diamond Member

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    I'm hoping to be in a new house within the next 2 months and the first thing I want to do is have 2 internet, cable and phone connections in every room. Anyone have a rough idea what a contractor might charge for something like that?
     
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    Is the hoouse already built? much cheaper that way.
     
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    We did it ourselves in our 6-year old finished house (I helped my dad run the cable etc.) and it didn't take long at all. Its nice having an ethernet jack in the wall
     
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    i'm in the middle of a three-weekend-long project that started off just putting ethernet in one room. then, i decided that if we're going to put ethernet in one room, we should put it in all rooms. then, i decided that if we're putting ethernet in all rooms, might as well wire up new phone lines for the rooms that don't have 'em. and if we're putting in ethernet and phone, might as well run new coax to every room.

    it was supposed to only last 1 afternoon.
     
  5. Spac3d

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    I don't understand why everyone is wiring for ethernet .... what about having wireless internet? it is already out and that 802.11g(g?) is supposed to be a lot faster. I don't know, being wired for ethernet sounds like it is planning for now instead of the future. The coax and telephone connections I suppose I understand, but I have no idea on the price, sorry.
     
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    If you're paranoid, wired Ethernet provides an immediate measure of greater security than wireless.
     
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    costs as much as the cables are...if you are capable of doing it yourself...which most people are....

    go with wired ethernet for now....wireless is more expensive and prevents people from stealing your connection while driving around....people often dont change their password from 'admin'

    this of course is all from what i have heard
     
  8. radioouman

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    I prefer wired. It takes a lot of work to run the CAT5e cables in a house, but I would rather have a wired network than wireless. How many times have I had a customer bring a computer to me and he has a network card that I can connect directly to my network? I've yet to see a customer with a wireless network card in a desktop computer.

     
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    If done during the framing stage it would be about $50-$100 per drop
    That is normally ... 2- cat 5's and 2- RG-6's per drop.
    They would go to a common point in the house.
    I would check with your builder early in the game about this
    It seems to be a common "markup" item these days
     
  10. Arkitech

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    How did you guys go about running the cable through-out the house? Was it difficult?

    Edit: By the way this is a home thats already been built, I'll have to go through walls and floors
     
  11. FuzzyBee

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    we're just using a fish-tape, and some twine. do you have an attic and/or a basement? drop ceilings? any of those can be very valuable when it comes to wiring.
     
  12. Arkitech

    Arkitech Diamond Member

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    Well the home I'm currently trying to buy has a full basement so it would be plenty of space for a wiring closet.
     
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    I didn't want to do the labor to wire the house, so i went with wireless
     
  14. FuzzyBee

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    what sort of ceiling does the basement have?
     
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    You are so lucky to have a basement to work from. The electrical boxes will be located about 18" up from the floor. After you cut the holes for those, you can use a flexible drill bit, which come in various styles to punch a hole through the lower wall plate inside the wall. The drill bit has a hole through it, that can be used to fish a wire back through the hole. That wire can be used to pull your cable up through. Piece of cake!
     
  16. heartsurgeon

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    depends on the number of rooms, the accessability of the rooms by either crawl space, basement or attic

    you will need an electrician

    medium size house..no real problems..i'm guessing $2000.00 minimum

    probably more..that's why wireless is taking off....

    besides..why have 2 internet jacks in each room?..less costly to have one walll jack, and a 5 port switch attached to that (like a cheapo linksys or netgear)..lots cheaper than paying an electrician to puill another wire, and mount another jack in the room. what your proposing is not inexpensive

    the time pre-wiring really makes sense and is more affordable is during construction..

    retro fiiting a house with up to date "wiring" is probably not cost effective..your not going to recoup that cost when you sell the home.

    your better off getting your house "wired" for the internet with wireless,
    and go with a seimens wireless distributed phone system (don't get a internet wireless and phone wireless the same frequency or your scr3wed
    television..how bad do you really need it in every room?
     
  17. Spac3d

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    The wireless adapter I have are wireless, they are hardly a hassle. No drivers had to be installed either, plug n go.
     
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    • So? What are ya gonna do?
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