I am thinking of wiring the house for Ethernet using Cat 6 cable. I am fairly confident I can terminate the cables myself onto the keystone jacks and crimp my own cables. I am also confident of configuring the switches and router that I will be using. However, I have zero confidence in my DIY skills, so was thinking of getting a handyman or electrician to pull and install the cables for me. My requirements are for 4 x drops into living room, 2 x drop into the study, 1 x drop for doorbell, 2 x drops for cameras, 2 x drops for access points. I have a Tp-link AP, so will be going with the Omada system for the switch. The NAS will directly connect to the switch. I would like some advice on the following:
- Pros and Cons of the above approach?
- Are there any other connections I need to consider?
- If the cable run exits the house, does it need to be a shielded cable even if I say, enclose it in a plumbing pipe for the outside length?
- Any good place to buy cable reels apart from Amazon or Ebay? Any recommended brand of cable? If it was USA, i would have gone for monoprice...
- Do I need a patch panel? I am aware of the advantages, but for such a small network, will it give any benefit?