by Juan van Heerden
I didn’t get any flames or mail-bombs for Part 1 of this Go Inside Networks for the Masses series, so I think it’s safe to go on with Part 2. I am going to explain how to set up a UTP network “out of the box.” Everything is going to be pre-made. Just a basic UTP network.
You have two options. You can either buy everything out of the box, hubs, NICs and wire (already crimped), or you can buy the hub, NIC and wire to crimp yourself. As I said, this method is not for the faint-hearted or any beginners, although this method is the only way that you will get the wire through your roof, since you will pull it through your roof, and then crimp it to the right lengths.