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Checkpoint: Home Networking Edition

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This networking wiring setup is taking longer than expected because I underestimated the tools and equipment required.

First of all don’t get these ethernet tips from Monoprice because they are terrible. I didn’t think it was possible to screw up ethernet tips but there you go. I forgot I actually own a bag of regular CAT5e tips so I got some of those awful tips from a friend.

My “cabling kit” consists of the crimper and cable tester from Monoprice. They do their jobs, but I’m missing out on a good cable stripper. I’m using my a pair of precision cable cutters as a substitute but if I’m going to be doing more of this cabling I may invest in an actual cable stripper.

As far as networking hardware is concerned I’m looking into getting an 8 port gigabit Ethernet switch from Monoprice and a heavy duty 802.11n wireless router. I’m actually looking at the ASUS RT-N66U. I hear the wireless range is ridiculous and it supports Tomato custom firmware. Unfortunately, It’s above $160 which is well over what I usually like to pay when it comes to home networking equipment like this. I guess I’ll patiently look for deals like I always do. Maybe the introduction of 802.11ac wireless routers will drive prices down? Not any time soon methinks.

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