How Much Does It Cost To Install A Hardwired Computer Network?

$1,500

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Hardwired Computer Network Costs

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We are so used to the wireless world that we often forget that a computer network can also be hardwired to the home. It is one of the best ways to get a high-speed and remarkably stable network. While your router might deliver fast uploads and downloads, and allow for streaming and gaming, there is little that compares to the incredible reliability and speed of a hardwired network.

It is why you will want to budget out a hardwired computer network installation if you are updating or building a home. After all, this type of installation calls for specific cabling to be used, and while you might hear that you can easily tackle such a project on your own, it is unwise. There are plenty of quick and reliable IT experts and electricians who can do a far superior job, troubleshoot any glitches, and get your home operating at top speeds as quickly as possible.

It is essential to know which type of cabling you want to purchase for your install, as they do have different performance and price points.

Hardwired computer network installation: 250 feet.

Item Cost
CAT 6 Installation:
250' cable
Ethernet switch
Patch cables
RJ45 jacks, plates, and plugs
Extra accessories
$50
$50
$25
$25
$75
CAT 7 Installation:
250' cable
Ethernet switch
Patch cables
RJ45 jacks, plates, and plugs
Extra accessories
$100
$50
$25
$25
$75
Fiber optic $6/foot
Labor

$300-$2,200

($65-$85 per hour)

Total Costs $525-$2,475

Other considerations and costs

  • Planning in advance is the key to success, and it is of the utmost importance to consider how many ports your switches will require. The standard is eight, and an upgrade comes with an array of additional costs. Typically, around 15% more in labor and materials.
  • Keep in mind that your choice of the central networking location can have an impact in terms of costs and the more difficult the space is to navigate (i.e., an attic), the higher the price for labor.
  • Additionally, a plan for growth is vital. If your home has Cat 5 cabling, an upgrade is a good idea as this is being phased out and cannot keep up with the speeds most require (as an example it CAT 5 can manage 1 gigabit while CAT 6 can tackle 10 gigabits).
  • CAT 6 is what is known as “backward compatible,” and if a home is already wired for CAT 5, all of the gear will work with CAT 6 cabling and gear.
  • Always ensure that any existing wiring is undamaged. This may cost one or more hours of labor per room, averaging $65 to $85 per room.

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DIY considerations

  • While the Internet can make it seem as if a hardwired computer network installation is easy and straightforward, there is a great deal that can go wrong.
  • The supplies are not inexpensive and the safety and stability of the network rely on proper installation of every component.
  • It is always in your best interest to work with experts in electronics or IT systems to tackle the job and get your home the fastest network imaginable.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to install a hardwired computer network in your city?
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$2,410
  • Bronx, NY$1,980
  • Brooklyn, NY$1,650
  • Philadelphia, PA$2,059
  • Washington, DC$1,786
  • Atlanta, GA$1,616
  • Miami, FL$1,470
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,540
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,806
  • Chicago, IL$2,105
  • Houston, TX$2,171
  • San Antonio, TX$1,457
  • Austin, TX$1,650
  • Denver, CO$1,394
  • Phoenix, AZ$1,471
  • Las Vegas, NV$1,614
  • Los Angeles, CA$1,819
  • San Diego, CA$1,651
  • San Jose, CA$1,994
  • Seattle, WA$1,460

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