16 August, 2008
more cat.6 and Gaffa tape
After getting my first Cat 6 Ethernet cable in mid April, I got myself three more cat.6 cables about 5 weeks ago. They are 30 metres, 15 metres and 2 metres ones. The reason I need a 30-metre long Cat 6 cable is that from my room to the living room is about 20 metre in distance, and I need extra length for fixing them along the edges and corners, as well as some extra length for additional freedom on placing (or relocating) the routers.
Well, I've been busy with a few thing, and that was why it took me a while to finally putting the 30-metre Cat 6 ethernet cable in place. I wanted to link my Time Capsule (blog entry) and AirPort Extreme Base Station (Gigabit version) (blog entry) with an ethernet cable (called a roaming network) instead of linking them wirelessly (also known as Wireless Distribution System (WDS)). I will discuss more on roaming network and WDS more and the reason I decided to change from WDS to roaming network within next few days.
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And how do I fix Cat 6 cable along the edges and corners? I used Gaffa Cloth Tape which is Don's beloved duct tape. (The duct tape in Australia do not generally have cloth in it.) The Gaffa Cloth Tape is not cheap in Australia. One 10-metra Gaffa Cloth Tape (as shown in picture below) costs around AU$7.99.
Taping the cable in straight line is not that challenging, but straighten the 30-metre Cat 6 ethernet cable (from the roll) seems to be a bit time consuming. From the photo on the right, you can see two cables actually. The black one is coaxial cable for television signal from roof antenna to the EyeTV Diversity in my room. That one I have typed the cable a while back. That along used one 10-metre Gaffa Cloth Tape. The Cat 6 ethernet cable from my room (Time Capsule) to living room (new location for AirPort Extreme Base Station) required another 10-metre Gaffa Cloth Tape.
That was what I did this afternoon.
As discussed in the April entry, most Cat 5e cables can do Gigabit ethernet speed. But since Cat 6 is merely $1 to $3 more than Cat 5e, why not getting Cat 6 which is rated for Cat 6 instead.
I know taping cables on the floor is not very professional, but that's easiest way I can do. And I have to thank Don for introducing duct tape to me recently, although it is quite expensive here. So once again, Don, I am poor.
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