I'm in the process of building an office in my garden. It's about 25m away from my house.
I'd like to run a wired network connection to the office. I'd rather not go down the powerline route, as speeds don't seem great, and I'm likely to want to be moving a lot of data around on the internal network.
I have an electrician who is running armoured electrical cable to the office, and is providing conduit for me to run network cable. My questions are:
1) What type of cable to run 2) How I terminate/connect it at both ends
I could get something like armoured cat6 utp solid core (like this: http://www.netstoredirect.com/cat6-cable/289166-external-armoured-cat6-utp-solid-cable-price-per-metre.html) which seems fairly robust, but then I have to terminate it. Additionally, where the cable enters my house, there is about another 15m to where my router is situated.
I also read this artice: http://www.audioholics.com/audio-video-cables/bjc-cat-network-cable-quality-interview which scared me into realising I don't know what I'm doing!! particularly with termination.
Or I could get an "cat6 external patch cable" (e.g http://www.netstoredirect.com/rj45-network-cables/239231-external-cat6-utp-ldpe-rj45-patch-leads.html) and run that in the conduit, and work out how to terminate it at the house end. At the office end I guess I can just plug it into a switch.
Edit To answer some questions. Speed is reasonably important, streaming video, and backups over the local network.
Also I'd rather go for higher rated now (within reason) than have to faff around too much. Obviously with a string through the conduit, I can faff around if necessary, but I'd like to minimise the need to do that!
Additional Edit When running into the buildings, it's likely that there will be a small run at each end which is above ground, and therefor not in the conduit. (E.g up the side of the house/office until it goes in) Is that likely to be a problem with non-armoured cable?