Four Things You Need to Run Ethernet Cables Through Your Walls

If your WiFi doesn't reach parts of your home, or if you're looking for a stronger connection for downloading games or films, you may want to install some Ethernet cabling. You don't have to drape it across the floor where you may trip over it. Instead, you can run it through the walls. 

The process may be easier than you think. In addition to Ethernet cables, you just need the following items.

1. Fish Tape

Ultimately, your Ethernet cable is going to start at your WiFi modem. Essentially, you are going to plug the Ethernet cable into the back of the modem, and then you are going to run the cable up into your attic and down through the walls to wherever you want the wired internet connection to be.

A fish tape is similar to a measuring tape. It is a flexible piece of thin metal that rolls up into a holder and can be extended as needed. While in your attic, snake the fish tape down the interior of your wall where your modem is connected. Then, attach the end of the Ethernet cable to the fish tape and pull it up into your attic.

If you don't have fish tape, you can use a tape measure. Alternatively, you can use a bit of cooking twine. Just tie some lead fishing weights on it so that it drops through the wall easily.

2. Twine

Even if you don't use twine as fishing tape, you still need to have a bit on hand for this cable installation project. In particular, when you pull up the Ethernet cable with your fishing tape, you should attach the cable to the tape with a bit of twine or yarn.

3. Drill

To stabilize the cabling in the attic, you may want to run it through a beam. This step is best managed with a drill. Simply drill a hole through a beam in your attic and run the cable through there. That keeps the network cables off the ground and helps to keep them organized.

4. Ethernet Jack

Finally, when you drop the cable to where you want the wired connection, you need to install an Ethernet jack. You can buy jacks at most hardware stores. They come with the instructions on how to attach the cable. Once the cable is attached, you screw the jack into the wall and use it as you like.

If you want help setting up Ethernet jacks in your home, you may want to contact a cable installation professional like Better WiFi.