Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance)



  • I recently rented a room in a shared condo. Their internet is gigabit, but the router located in the kitchen while my room is on the opposite side second floor. The speedtest when I tested in the kitchen is roughly 700Mbps wired and 200-400 Mbps wireless. But at my room I am getting 20-100 Mbps at best. Most often the wireless connection lost.

    So I want to either run a straight ethernet cable to my room directly from the kitchen, or move the router to second floor hallway where all the bedrooms are. The problem is I rented "a room" and everything else is shared. To run the cable I will need either nailing the cable with cable clip or glue gun.

    Since I will not be staying here forever, I don't want to leave any permanent damage on the wall/paintjob. Running the cable through the wall is not an option (not yet) since I have not spoke with the landlord yet + most likely they will not allow to do so.

    I have all the tools needed to run the cable, but I want to know how to run it with little to no visible damage to the walls/paint. I am thinking of a clear tape then glue gun on the tape. So when I have to move out I only remove the glue gun while leaving the tape (if I cannot remove the tape)

    All suggestions are welcome.



  • As for powerline... I do not have great experience with them. Especially in townhome condos. So I would prefer no powerline.



  • Maybe look at a WiFi Mesh solution, Ubiquiti has one, Google WiFi, Netgear Orbi, etc.



  • simple... use the shortest path to cable,... out the window



  • Drilling a small hole in a wall for 1 cable and then patching it up before you move out would be much easier than a bunch of tape and glue nonsense. It would take a special kind of jackass landlord to ding you for something that you properly repaired.



  • @gjacobse said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    simple... use the shortest path to cable,... out the window

    This is your best route - done it before, even with regular "indoor" cable. (YMMV)

    After that, just drill the holes as Rojo said.


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    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.

    I had to read this a few times to get that Scott was recommending that you install ethernet wallplates on the two sides of the wall with a straight through cable between them, then you can use it as a patch and to the normal onlooker, it looks like it belongs there.


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    @dashrender said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    @scottalanmiller said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.

    I had to read this a few times to get that Scott was recommending that you install ethernet wallplates on the two sides of the wall with a straight through cable between them, then you can use it as a patch and to the normal onlooker, it looks like it belongs there.

    yeah, that's what I was trying to say :)



  • @dashrender said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    @scottalanmiller said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.

    I had to read this a few times to get that Scott was recommending that you install ethernet wallplates on the two sides of the wall with a straight through cable between them, then you can use it as a patch and to the normal onlooker, it looks like it belongs there.

    THANK YOU!!! I was a bit confused as well.

    @scottalanmiller said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.

    I will look into this option. I cable inside a wall before but it was a one story house and spacious attic. I may need an expert recommendation on this.

    @gjacobse said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    simple... use the shortest path to cable,... out the window

    The kitchen wall connect to another condo so I'm guessing there will be firewall separator (hate those things). This may not work.



  • @dashrender said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    @scottalanmiller said in Need idea for running ethernet cable (roughly 70ft in distance):

    Consider very subtle in wall "patches." Are you allowed to do that? Not technically. But it will look nice and in an inspection, absolutely no one will figure out that you modified anything. You do them back to back in the wall so you don't need to run a cable straight through the wall. You can then use a patch cable from either side to get through the house.

    I had to read this a few times to get that Scott was recommending that you install ethernet wallplates on the two sides of the wall with a straight through cable between them, then you can use it as a patch and to the normal onlooker, it looks like it belongs there.

    That makes sense now.


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