Wiring an Office Network

This 15 min video walks you through the basic step you need to do to install the wiring, the jacks, and the patch panel for a small office Ethernet Network..

It is explained in plain, non-technical language so that any lay-person could grasp the ideas and techniques.

Near the end, testing is also explained. Testing is important so you don’t get frustrated when connecting computers. You need to know your cable is tested and that it is not the cause of any problems.

Here’s a summary of what happens in this video:
1. explanation of the cable runs from the central location to the data outlet locations.
2. the installation of the wall jacks
3. the termination of the cables to the patch panel
4. wire management and mounting of patch panel
5. Testing of cables for correct numbering and validation of connectivity.

Materials you will need:
Categorie 5e or 6 UTP (Unshielded twisted pari) cable
RJ-45 modular inserts (aka data jacks)
Wall plates with RJ-45 hole
12, 14, or 48 port patch panel
Network cabinet or 19″ wall bracket (for panel)
Caddy-clip drywall mud rings.


USB-C Enthusiast says:

I wouldn’t recommend Cat5e …

Mohammad Niaz Morshed says:

excellent video. I personally omit that patch-panel part whenever possible, it reduces one point of failure. I rather connect cables directly to switches. It really helped me a lot to find problems in network.

Buddy Bellwether says:

There’s usually all kinds of stuff up there, like sprinkler lines and other plumbing, duct work, conduit with power wires, etc. Even really shallow ceiling tiles usually have more than just insulation (the enemy of all who work in ceilings or crawl spaces …well that and sharp duct work).

Eddie Rodriguera says:

Don’t worry about the bad comments.
First the artist is born then the critic’s

Edgard Martinez says:

These fucking guys. Those are not scissors ✂️ those are called snips get your shit right!!!!


you suck

Player 1 says:

Amongst contractors there is always the perfectionist that takes immense pride in their work and goes the extra length to do everything 100%, that type of guy would never toss trash in the wall so you might say “ah it makes no difference” but it does as I now know you are not a one of those perfectionists that everyone struggles to find and really wants to hire.

Idris Onimole says:

One of the best well-explained videos I have seen in a long time 🙂 Thank you … I’ve got a few questions to ask though…. why the white cable ? is that for the telephone line ?

ToxinsMurder says:

i used to work for a network cabling company here in south carolina that was bought and taken over by Black Box Network Services. after they bought the company it turned to shit. greedy corporate bastards that don’t care at all for their techs

Zeze Andjr says:

Thanks for the explanation and paying attention to explaining the details, I’m fan of networking and wiring and all but bit skittish when it comes to terminating cables.

HAM- bone says:

As a sparky I can honestly say that I throw maurettes and junk screws in the cieling tiles. And I love it. Nobody can stop me.

Sara Johnson says:

Thanks for sharing!

Bogeyman says:

More of this please!!

Tobi69452 says:

oldschool method!

do you kow the manufactor btr or leoni!

J K says:

Good idea on throwing your garbage, lol. This will save me some time also.

arias brown says:

Hey man, im 19 years old trying to go into the networking field. i hope its not to late for a reply but i have a question. Where that patch panel is, are you going to put a switch or hub in there to fill up those ports you was testing? If so, why are you going that route and not just putting a switch in the central point? One last question, is that a star topology or star-bus?

Huanyu Liu says:

You are genius, man. I like the way you show how it is done. Thumbs up!

T V says:

Just curious but do you have a degree? If so, what is it in? I am getting out of the military soon (systems engineer) and I love networking, but I don’t know what degree route to take!

MarshmallowMadnesss says:

For some reason, I always thought that 568a on one end needs to be 568b on the other end. Oh and, after I finished my basement, I can say that there is plenty of dust and particulates in those walls that a few tiny bits of non-fiction tossed in won’t make any difference to anyone – even the neat freaks. Once the covers are on, you still pass the white glove test.

Real Talk! says:

Amazing vid! Tk u!

Miad Tazike says:

You’re camera gave me headache

Edgard Martinez says:

Throwing the wires in the wall is punch down 101 rookies

Ainul Ahmed says:

God bless you my friend! Amazing video! I do feel sorry for your arm having to hold the camera and doing this single handed!

Mohammad Niaz Morshed says:

excellent video. I personally omit that patch-panel part whenever possible, it reduces one point of failure. I rather connect cables directly to switches. It really helped me a lot to find problems in network.

Christopher Brown says:

I laughed when you threw the cut cable into the wall, clearly you’ve been doing this for a while, so props to you. I’ve encountered so many situations where there is no service loop, ever try punching down on a 48 port patch with no wiggle room to pull the patch out? Pain in the ass! Hopefully people watch this and pick up good habits

joe carr says:

Excellent Video! Thxs!

Puneet Narang says:

A personal request, I work in a telco company in finance and i am not a techie, can u help me understanding the meaning of delivering the circuit to customer, is circuit a equipment if yes I also want to understand my co. Maintains circuit inventory perhaps it is the equipment as they have the circuit ids. How can they maintain circuit inventory please help

NickL Leeto says:

Excellent video. Learned a lot. Thanks

Michael Nugent says:

I’ve heard those kind of ceilings called “Drop ceilings”

Rommel Poblete says:

Awesome video sir!

BsPkown says:

What exactly is your profession?


Hey a great video. A little query though, How do you know while patching the cable on the patch panel that the cable you patched is at the same identifier number since you marked the identifier number on the outlet plate before hand. I hope someone replies. Thanks!!

Japhet Anciado says:

HEy man you dont put trash in the wall smh where them morals

ping .-t says:

If you are going though a ceiling & wall – I do believe I would use Fire Resistant Cable. Putting the patch panel up so high makes it really tough to trouble shoot. I used to teach Network Engineering & believe me – I would not pass you! Putting Network Cabling running along fluorescent lights is a serious error. Fluorescent lights & electrical cables should be avoided when placing Network Cables because they cause interference & will slow down the speed, if not cause random disconnections. A real professional would not use your dumb cable tester but would have a Time-domain reflectometer. This would not only test the cable but if there is a break or flaw in the cable would give you the approximate distance in the cable where the break is located. The so-called critics who “can’t believe you threw garbage” inside the wall should really look at your serious mistakes.

vicinetwork321 says:

The contacts on the panel are called ISO-8! Atleast in Norway 😉

Andrew Hope says:

Nice video, was relaxing to watch. Those keystone jacks seem very well made. I was like everyone and spotted you dumping the cut offs inside the wall. End of the day no one is going to see it, and it’s expected of all workmen ha.

Personally I’d just carry a small bag with me and dump them in there. You never know when someone seeing you be that little bit more professional could help, but end of the day it’s not a game changing issue, it’s more of a personal thing.

Derek Francisco says:

When people picking on how u threw the wire, but I think your whole video is just awesome!

maritrunks says:

way too much slack!

Miguel Sarmiento says:

Thank you very much, to instruct to me in like being able to form my nano. ¶

DJDevon3 says:

Why use conventional patch panel vs what I would consider more modern keystone patch panel? Also gotta smile at all the people who give you gruff for throwing away a tiny piece of filament into a perfectly cut rectangular trash slot. Great video.

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