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On mine, the two-story house makes drops impossible. I ran a cable outside from the downstairs point (just 1 place) up the wall to the soffit, in the attic all the way across the house, and then into the router closet. The CAT5e lasted years exposed outside with no problems. For fishing and drilling within the space between the floors, I've not even found ...


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Installing an "old work box" only requires a screw driver and a jab saw (which can be had for under $10), and doesn't require much more skill than drilling a hole in the wall. It will give you a much more durable anchor for cover plates than anything attached directly to the drywall (and you can cut a bigger hole for easier access to the wall's interior)


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