|Re: Need help on phone/LAN cable spec||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: BlairDrums (BlairDrumsaol.com)|
|Date: Sat, 11 Jan 1997 10:35:52 -0600|
On 1/10/97 5:06 PM Rich Lobdill of Tierra Neuva Cohousing wrote: >I'm working up a proposal to the group which proposes that we wire the >houses such that each house can connect their computer (if they own one) to >an NT server in the common house which will then have a hardwire (non-modem) >connection to the internet. [snip] >Specifically, I belive there is a type of standard home phone cabling which >is built to carry both phone lines and LAN lines (I think it would be >twisted pair for 10BaseT connections). It would make it very simple to spec >this cable for the homes instead of standard three line phone cable. > >Does this jog anyone's memory? I don't recall an earlier reference to this on the list, but I know what you're after. The specification is for Category 5 Unshielded Twisted Pair. It will carry voice and data, and is most often made up of 4 pair of solid copper wire. To "futureproof" your community (from a tech perspective) I recommend that each telephone wall plate, TV jack and doorbell should receive a separate feed of Cat 5 cable, run (in hub and spoke fashion) from a central distribution point. Depending on the TV habit/policy of the group, you may also benefit from upgrading your video wiring. TV/cable jacks in most homes use a single RG-59 coaxial cable. RG-6 coaxial cable, however, is better at delivering digitally compressed video (for example, from DSS -- small sattellite dishes). If you do two runs to each room you'll also open up the possiblity of distributing video around the house -- baby monitors, child play areas, watching the video feed in more than one room. The classic question, of course: "Does being wired help build community?" If the community answers yes, you might consider a Macintosh server instead of Windows NT -- much faster to set-up, easier to maintain, compatible with Windows machines, and plenty powerful. I'm sending more details on the NT/Mac server comparison directly to Rich. Good luck, Blair Hornbuckle Cohousing of the Genesee Valley Rochester, NY
Need help on phone/LAN cable spec Rich Lobdill, January 10 1997
- Re: Need help on phone/LAN cable spec BlairDrums, January 11 1997
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