Wireless Computer Network Cost

How much does it cost to install a wireless computer network?

With technology all around us, a wireless computer system is a home essential. For this example, we'll look at the cost of a standard wireless computer network installation with 200 feet of cable, which averages $300-$350.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: Cat5, or ethernet 1 cable, is what connects the network within your home. It averages $1-$2 per foot, for a total of $100-$200. Cat-6 cable averages $250 per 1000 linear feet. Wireless networks also require a modem. While the cost varies depending on the power of the system, a typical modem ranges from $70-$90. For reference, a Netgear modem averages $100 and an Apple modem averages $200.
  • Labor: electricians typically charge $65-$85 per hour and can install a typical wireless system in three to four hours ($195-$340).

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Larger homes may need multiple wireless connection ports so that the entire house is covered. This can add an additional $100-$200.
  • Lots of devices can be part of the wireless network, including a computer (average $500-$650), fax machine (average $75-$125) and printer (average $100-$200).

Additional considerations and costs

  • Some newer homes come "pre-wired," which means a homeowner can simply plug in a modem to connect to a wireless network.
  • Homes without interwall access may need to re-route the wires through other parts of the wall or floor to get access to the connection box.
  • Once the wireless network is installed, you'll need to pay for a monthly service. Investigate costs from multiple companies to find the coverage with the best price that best meets your needs.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Ethernet: A system used to connect computers to form a local area network (LAN). A LAN allows computers in the same area to access shared data. It is also used for metropolitan area networks (MANs), such as for an entire city or campus

Cost to install a wireless computer network varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Conroe, TX
+21%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Manassas, VA
+12%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
New York, NY
+77%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
Saint Petersburg, FL
-11%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Clara, CA
+33%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Toledo, OH
+9%
Tucson, AZ
-19%

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