Three Steps to Build a Copper Network at Home

Wireless access is popular at home today, however, most of our home devices are with copper based interfaces and they can work better through a wired connection to the broadband. Thus, copper based networks are still very important in our daily life.

Building a copper network at home is easier than building a fiber network. Before deploy the copper home network, you should firstly understand what you want from this copper home network. Of course, easier access to broadband and WiFi is the most basic requirement. Also remember to determine the port number and expectation of the network performance, which is closely related to the product selection and cost of your network. Here are three steps to follow when building a copper network at home.

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Step One: Introduce Service Provider Distribution Cable to Your Home

Now most of the broadband service provider will install a distribution point near or inside a building. As shown in the above picture, copper network cables or fiber optic cables are deployed inside a building to bring services to every houses inside this building. For some old buildings, the cables between the end users and distribution point are still copper based. For many new buildings, these cables are usually fiber optic based. Just add an ONU (Optical Network Unit), you can change these optical signals into electrical signals and distribute signals to different ports and home devices. If your apartment is a small one, you can just use one ONU or router in the whole home network.

There are a variety of ONUs and routers which can support WiFi and satisfy various port requirements. For example, the following picture shows the application of a typical ONU that can meet the requirement of most apartments. This ONU has a SC optical interface to be connected with the service provider’s entry fiber optic cable. Except two voice ports and four LAN ports, this ONU provides WiFi function.

Step Two: Wiring the Whole House

Wiring the whole house is very important for a home network with good broadband access. It is known that most home devices have better performance via a wired connection compared with being connected to WiFi. So during this process, you should device the port number you should leave in your house and how many devices should be connected to the network. Now there are a variety of home devices can be connected to a home network for better and smarter performance, which is also called smart home. Devices like air condition, light control and televisions can all be connected to the home network. Thus, copper network cable for signal transmission should have good and reliable performance. Cat6 and Cat7, two types of high performance Category copper cable, which can meet the requirement for both now and future, are strongly recommended.

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The above picture shows the copper cabling for an apartment. The bedroom, living room, office and dining room of this house is all connected to broadband via copper network cable. In addition, each room is connected to voice cable ensuring that the house owner would not miss phone calls in most part of the house.

Step Three: Terminate Copper Cables and Connect Them to Home Devices

For the sake of security and reliability, the copper network cables should be terminated at wall plate ports. And a length of RJ45 copper network patch cable should be used to connect the port with target device as shown in the following picture.

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FS.COM Copper Networking Solutions

Good broadband access is very important to deploy a copper based home network. However, select the right cabling product is also important. FS.COM provides a wide range of copper network products for not only home network use but also for data center use, including Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat7 cable, patch panels and cable jackets and plugs. All these products are available in different colors and can be customized in FS.COM.


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