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With wireless internet is it pointless to wire house with cat-5e cable?

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Wired is still faster, more secure, and more reliable. I'd wire if it weren't too difficult or expensive.
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If you are able to wire cat-5, I'd do it. It is always nice to have the choice. Also it would be handy if friends/family visit you and don't have a built-in wireless port or an add-on card, and you don't have a spare either.
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My house is pretty much wired for it, minus actually hooking it up. I just always use wireless on my laptop and I was wondering if wiring it was a waste of time and money.

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Well, if you don't hook it up, . . uh, yeah. Maybe it will increase the resale value.
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Originally posted by OldDude
Well, if you don't hook it up, . . uh, yeah. Maybe it will increase the resale value.
true. But on the list of things to do it's on page 5.
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Having wiring running throughout the house is always good, especially if you have a crimping tool. I've hooked up video and audio leads to cat 5 connectors before, and ran video/audio along the in house cat5 cable. Worked beautifully. You can run all sorts of stuff down it, it doesn't have to be ethernet.
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You can run all sorts of stuff down it, it doesn't have to be ethernet.
That's the biggest advantage in my opinion, cat5 is for more than just ethernet. I agree also, that there is better speed and reliability with wired anyways.

I just built my house new, and of course at that point it cost me about $50 for 1000' of cat5 to run everywhere.
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how good quality is the audio?

could i split it and run audio and dsl thru each room?
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Well, I ran line level analog audio along cat5 and it sounded perfect. No issues. Used 2 of the 4 twisted pairs.

As for DSL, I thought you already had wireless. Just get a cheapo router and off you go.

You can split cat5, but frankly I'd run two full lines to each room at least. It comes in handy and it's just as easy to run two as it is to run one. Wire it up however you like though.
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cat5 also works well WITH wireless--it allows you to put wireless access points in various places around the house so you'll have full coverage wherever you are. (depends on the size of the house, obviously)

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