An Easy Way to Build a Copper Network at Home

It can be easily found that more and more home devices are getting access to the network, such as television, air condition, light controls and other digital recording devices. Though the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) is being widely deployed, most of our home devices are still with copper based interfaces like RJ45 interfaces. In addition, the copper network cable and technologies are keeping developing to satisfy the requirements for high data rate broadband. Thus, many people are more likely to deploy a copper based network at home which is more cost-effective and easier to manage. This article is going to introduce an easy way to build a copper network at home.

Factors to Consider Before Copper Home Network Deployment

To build a copper network at home is easier than that of a fiber optic based home network, even if you have little knowledge about it. But there are still a lot of things to be considered before you build a copper network at home. For example, you should make sure what you want from this copper home network. Of course, good access to broadband and WiFi are the most basic and important requirements. You should also take the port number and expectation of the network performance into consideration, which will directly decide the product selection or the cost of your network.

Three Steps to Build A Copper Home Network

There are mainly three steps to build a copper network at home which will be introduced in the following part of this article.

Bring the Service Provider Distribution Cable to Your Home

Nowadays, in order to achieve quick installation, the broadband service provider will set a distribution point near or inside a building. Fiber or copper cables are deployed in this building to connect every required house to this fiber or copper distribution point, thus providing broadband services to end users. Usually the distribution cable from the broadband service provider should be connected to a router which will be connected to each room of the house. If the distribution cable is fiber optic based, then you need to connect the distribution fiber cable from the broadband service provider to an ONU (Optical Network Unit) which can convert the optical signals into electrical signals and distribute the signals to different ports and home devices. At present, there are a variety of ONUs and routers available on the market which can support WiFi and satisfy various port requirements. If your home is not very big, you just need to choose one ONU or router for the whole home network.

Wire the Whole Connection for Your Home

After bringing the service provider distribution cable to your home, you should determine how many ports your home network requires and how many devices should be connected to the network, which is very important for building a home wired network with good broadband access. From the figure below, you can learn that the bedroom, living room, office and dining room of this house are all connected to the home network for better and smarter performance. Even the telephone is connected to the network via the voice cable, ensuring the home owner would not miss phone calls. As for which type of copper network cable should be chosen for the connection, Cat5e is enough for most of applications. However, Cat6 and Cat7 are better for future use.

Build a Copper Network at Home

Terminate Copper Cables and Connect Them to Home Devices

The final step is to terminate these copper cables and connect them to home devices. In general, to ensure a secure and reliable home network, the copper network cable is suggested to be terminated at the wall plate port. Besides, a length of RJ45 copper network patch cable should be used to connect the port with target devices, thereby the whole deployment of home network can be finished.


If you plan to build a copper network at home, I hope this article can be helpful for you. What’s more, it is necessary to choose the right products for high network performance. FS.COM provides a wide range of bulk network cables, such as bulk Cat5e cable, bulk Cat6 cable and so on.


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