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Ethernet Wall sockets

Discussion in 'Networks' started by Mr.Cheeks, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    what is the proper name for it? you, one end is in your pc, the other in the wall? im trying to get some info on how they work, but need the proper name for a start! :rolleyes:

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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    Sparky - you're a top man!

    so does this work like a hub/switch? or just an extender?
     
  4. reiss

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    It wont act like either a hub or a switch. I don't know what you mean by 'extender' but just think of a wallport as an extension of the network cable from the back of your PC.
    Cheers.
     
  5. Sparky
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    It most cases its an extender, the cable is terminated on the wallport and at the other end (usually in the server room) it is terminated into a patch panel.

    http://www.homestead.co.uk/productcategorydetail.aspx?categoryid=51391

    The patch panel side is then patched into a switch or a hub.

    To recap:

    Switch is cabled to Patch Panel -------> Wallport cabled to your PC.

    8)
     
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  6. Mr.Cheeks

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    cheers - just was told by my colleague exactly what you guys have said...
     
  7. Mr.Cheeks

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    actually, does it have to go to a patch panel? cuz i thought it would be able to go straight to my hub...
     
  8. hbroomhall

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    It doesn't *have* to go to a patch panel, but for flexibility it is nearly always wired to one.

    'Structured cabling' is a pretty standardized system and there are many articles on the 'net about it. I think it even features in Network+.

    Note that the cable used for the 'static' run, i.e. the part from the wall socket to the patch panel, is not the same as that used for patch cords. Normaly solid core cable is used for reliability and best quality for the main runs, whereas multistrand is used for patch cords. Normaly you use patch cables for the hubs/switches, as these can be changed from time to time. Solid cable doesn't like being moved around much as it is less flexible.

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    It can go straight to the hub but as mentioned it is less flexible than a patch panel 8)
     
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    TheCheekMaster,

    According to my "Structured Wiring" instructor, the wall plug is known as an "8 position modular jack." What you plug into the "8 position modular jack" is the Registered Jack number 45, also known as "RJ-45." :)

    I hope this helps.
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

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    cheers, never knew what RJ stood for! so why did they name it "8 position modular jack", is it cuz there are 8 wires connecting? 2x4 pairs?
     
  12. hbroomhall

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    Yup - just that!

    Note that the RJ series is a bit odd - while everybody thinks that it describes the plug, it in fact describes the plug and it's wiring. This confuses many!

    Fortunately nearly everybody understand what is meant by RJ45 in normal conversation! :biggrin

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    Just being controversial but wallport is not mentioned in your link Sparky.

    The link you gave calls it..

    I would refer to it as an RJ45 socket but wallport is nice too :D
     
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    No probs....

    http://www.homestead.co.uk/productcategorydetail.aspx?categoryid=51342

    Ive heard the term 'wall port' because the port is located on the wall in comparison to other ports (generally in modern offices) which are in the floor and have a cover over them.

    Dont get me wrong, if you said RJ45 socket and I said wall port I dont think there would be too much confusion! :biggrin
     
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  15. Mr.Cheeks

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    now thats a more of a familiar pic
     
  16. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I usually just call it a network point. people seem to know what I'm on about.....
     
  17. Mr.Cheeks

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    true, but i need to get some at home and needed to research on them first.
     
  18. r.h.lee

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    TheCheekMaster,

    Are you planning to install your own cabling between the patch panel and the 8 position modular jack?
     
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  19. Mr.Cheeks

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    my bro will be doing the wiring, and i'll be trying to do the connection part.
     
  20. r.h.lee

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    TheCheekMaster,

    Then make sure of the following:
    1. The cable is solid core plenum grade.
    2. The cable and 8 position modular jacks are a tuned pair for the category rating. That's because a cat 5 cable + cat 5 8 position modular jack != category 5 performance.
     
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