toern 00:54 17 Jun 2004

I am networking my home 3 computers: xp pro+home+ 98, with wire 24m and 20m between 2 rooms, to share Telewest cable BB modem.

Purchasing (I plan to use Maplin, are other suppliers better?): Belkin 4 Port Cable/DSL Gateway Router £30, for NIC RW45 plug.

I drilled 10mm holes through brick walls, needing to crimp on RW45 plugs after feeding cables through. I don't want any bigger hole for ready fixed plugs!

But maplin have stopped selling their kit:
(£25 for 50m Cat 5 cable, RW45 plugs and plug crimping tool)
Do i need to buy raw materials?

I am handy but not experienced at crimping, is it difficult? I have an example patch cable 8 coloured twisted wires to follow. I was expecting solid copper wires straight into computers. Ok or are flexy /patch cables easier?

Does crimping tool differ for solid/patch cable?

  hugh-265156 02:12 17 Jun 2004

why not just buy a wireless kit?

click here

  byfordr 10:09 17 Jun 2004

With those sort of distances a wireless network would make sense.

Some nice deals click here

Wouldn't advise crimping, particularly when cat5 is cheap pre-made, and a lot more reliable as well.


  toern 01:36 18 Jun 2004

thank you tog for above link, excellent illustrated instructions for networking connecting RJ45plugs, choosing cat 5 cables and crimping them etc.

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