Running new Ethernet cables to upstairs bedrooms

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Posted by: from Kitchener
6/27/2020 at 3:32:16 PM

We would like to run Ethernet from our router (in the basement) to the upstairs bedrooms and we would like to know either a good DIY option, or roughly how much it would cost for a professional to do the work. We would prefer for it to be done by a professional, but we're open to suggestions for how we could to do it ourselves.

I'm not sure of any specific information that would be helpful here, so please ask if I can provide any particular details!

Many thanks.

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Date/Time7/6/2020 at 9:45:08 AM

Hi Teri

There is nothing better then a hard-wired connection for the best performance.

The cost is directly related to the ease of getting from your router in the basement to the upper floor(s) of your home. The skill required to do that is the same as if you were putting an electrical circuit there, so there is drilling and fishing and cutting in wall plates, etc.

If your basement is open and there is access to interior walls up to the attic then it is straight forward, which is usually the least intrusive, better looking and least expensive option. If there is no access in the basement or to the attic, then you have to find other options.

Other options could include, but not limited to using some sort of surface raceway (such as wiremold), or going up the exterior of the home to the attic.

To get a single drop to the upper floors would be about $500 (depending length and the type of cable you want (Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7, fibre, etc)). Additional drops would be less expensive as all the same work is required to get it to the upper floors so you are just adding more wire, connectors, etc. This is all labour pretty much as the comparatively speaking the cable, connections, etc and not that much compared to the quality install.



J.L. Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Teri in Kitchener
Date/Time7/6/2020 at 12:33:55 PM

Thank you so much for your response. That is very helpful. Much appreciated.


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