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    Which cable type?

    This is a discussion on Which cable type? within the Cabling and faceplate help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; My router sits in my 'Office' at home (3rd bedroom, lol) and is connected via ethernet cables to my PC ...

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      Which cable type?

      My router sits in my 'Office' at home (3rd bedroom, lol) and is connected via ethernet cables to my PC and my Xbox360. I have a stock 'phone extension' cable (RJ11) on a drum, like a mains power extension lead, that runs from my filter downstairs in the hall, up the stairs through some micro trunking, under the carpet and into my office.

      My question is, is this the best cabling method in relation to noise on the line etc ?

      Or should I have the router downstairs right by my BT faceplate and run ethernet cables to my PC and Xbox.
      Or should I just get wireless adaptors for my PC and Xbox and do away with the cables all together?
      Lastly, is there just better quality 'phone' cable I can use instead of the extension lead?

      I get frequent disconnects in the evenings due to the line dropping below 6db, and was wondering if changing the cabling will help get rid of this.

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      Re: Which cable type?

      Quote Originally Posted by Blackstar View Post

      My question is, is this the best cabling method in relation to noise on the line etc ?



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      No !!! An RJ11 telephone extension is next to useless for broadband - get rid.
      RJ45's to your pc, xbox etc is ideal.
      Wireless is not ideal as the signal can be effected by other equipment.
      If you really want to run an extension then use cat5e cable.
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      Re: Which cable type?

      Blackstar,
      dholdi is right about the telephone wire, but as you know the input socket to the router is RJ11. So what you need is a CAT5 cable from your main socket to the 'office' with RJ11 plugs fitted each end. Maybe someone with a crimper tool will fit them for you, or buy one from eBay for less than a tenner. You only need one of the twisted pairs in this cable to run your ADSL, but the RJ11 plugs usually take four wires (ie. use two pairs). If you're prepared to do this, you must really get an NTE-2005 or XTE-2005 faceplate for the master socket. This will eliminate the dangly filters and give you an RJ11 ADSL socket for the new cable. Compared with what you have now, I'd expect to see a considerable speed increase.
      JaX

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      Re: Which cable type?

      An extension using cat5e to another phone socket outlet where you wish to site your router will work okay as well. Thats what I did and it saves getting a cable made up.


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      Re: Which cable type?

      may i ask a question in this thread, IS Solid core Cat5e cable better than stranded core? Also is Foil shielded helpful for making an extension? (reduces noise?)
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      Re: Which cable type?

      briggsy,
      I think you'll find all CAT5, 5e and higher, is solid cored twisted pairs. You also need solid cores to use the punch down connection system in the master sockets, etc. Foil sheilding improves signal purity over say CAT5. Whether you actually need the higher spec depends on your anticipated sync speed. Of course you can be sure that the higher the spec cable the surer is the guarantee of performance. I think CAT5e will handle 100mbps no problem.

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