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  1. john999uk
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    john999uk Regular EF Member

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    Blackpool
    I realise putting mains cables in a cavity is a no no but I need to get a cat5/6 cable from downstairs to upstairs in a dorma bungalow and thought the cavity might be a good route?

    So does anyone have any tips to get a network cable through a cavity?
    Cheers for any help.

    Forgot to say the cavity has no insulation.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2017
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    Why don't you use a powerline adaptor system?
     
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  3. john999uk
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    john999uk Regular EF Member

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    Cheers. I have not had great luck with them before plus they don't get very high data transfer rates even if they are rated at 1200Mbps.
    Plus they aren't cheap and i have lots of cat5/6 cable :)
     
  4. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    ^^ transfer rates are affected by RCD's, so if the 2 adaptors are on the same circuit then they should be OK.

    As for expensive - not sure I agree

    Why not use outdoor grade CAT5 and run it up the outside?
     
  5. mydigitalhome
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    mydigitalhome Regular EF Member

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    CAT6A or better external installed on outside wall is best bet. Remember always protect who you give your router password details to. As its like giving them the keys to your house. Never use default passwords anywhere.
     
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  6. 7029 dave
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    7029 dave Trusted Advisor

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    Use a mouse. To drop down= something heavy piece of lead on a string pull in a draw wire and attach to said cable.
     
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  7. john999uk
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    john999uk Regular EF Member

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    Cheers all. Think I will go for outside cat6. It will be nice and reliable and fast.
    Circuits are on different RCB's so not great for speed.
    The 1200Mbps seem to be over £100. Where as exterior cat6 cable is about £10 for 10 meters.
     
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  8. rolyberkin
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    rolyberkin Electrician's Arms

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    Drill a hole on an upward slant, push up some rods and then in the loft space attach Cat 6 external grade and pull downwards. I have had had varying degrees of success and snapped a few pull rods in the past, but always worth a bash.
     
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  9. Leesparkykent
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    The trick the cavity wall lads use when brushing off a cavity to next door is to drill a hole at the top, drill a hole at the bottom perfectly in line then feed a chain in through the top hole and fish it out the bottom hole with a wire coat hanger with a small hook formed into it....Naturaly the chain drops in a straight line due to the weight. Not that I'm advocating you use the cavity but sometimes needs must. ;)
     
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Trunking lid, just need some good wrist action.
     
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  11. HandySparks
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    HandySparks Trusted Advisor

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    Get yersel' some proper rods, man! :p
     
  12. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    I have a bundle of metal coat hangers from a car boot a few months back, they are my new favourite tool! cost me 50p. i haggled down from £1. make great little hooks and cable pulls with them
     
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  13. GeorgeCooke
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    GeorgeCooke Regular EF Member

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    Never ever use those things. Mains cables are not designed for data and they will radiate interference for several hundred metres.
     
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  14. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Really? For some people these are the only solution.
     
  15. Spoon
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    Spoon Trusted Advisor

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    Lancashire
    I have powerline adapters in my house. Had no problem with them and think they are great for what I need.

    Not wanting to state the obvious.... Just make sure the house doesn't have 'cavity wall insulation'. Will defo change the way you do things.
     
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