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do i need a special license to lay computer wires on a home before built?

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Never heard of one and I seriously doubt it. That stuff falls under low-voltage wiring or sturctured wiring, same as running home theater, whole house audio, telephone ect... you don't need to be an electrician, which requires a license.
 

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In my state a low voltage license is required to install phone and cable lines. If you are charging for the service then you need a business license also. Check with your local building department.
 
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Cat 5 or computer line you are using isn't low voltage wiring like telephone lines. Telephone wire is bringing outside source power to your home and the same with cable wire. Cat 5 or computer line is using power from a router and your computer. You don't need any license anywhere to run Cat 5 line. There is no license for hooking up a network in a home.
 

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Unregistered, No one knows where you are from and apparently the laws are different depending on where you are. I would suggest a trip down to your local building dept. and they can tell you for sure.
 

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do i need a special license to lay computer wires on a home before built?
Regardless of who does it, it will no doubt require inspection for code compliance. If you don't know what you're doing, hire someone who does. If a networking specialist isn't the one who actually does the install, make sure you at least have them specify, to you, the exact type of materials that are to be installed. Then make sure to convey that information to the installer in writing and well in advance of the work.
My accountant was delayed several weeks in "closing in" his new office building because his network cabling wasn't installed persuant to various building codes. Then, after receiving his U&O, he discovered that the wrong type of cable had been pulled. Now he's stuck operating on a wireless network, that crashes a couple of times a day, until he can retrofit with the proper cable.
 
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Unregistered, No one knows where you are from and apparently the laws are different depending on where you are. I would suggest a trip down to your local building dept. and they can tell you for sure.

I agree with checking the codes with the local building inspector. There are different cables to use in different locations. Not just anyone can run that wire. It's not as easy as it sounds. Especially crimping the ends on and then testing the cable for proper function. There are certain tools an installer should have other then a continuity tester. You have to also test for signal strength. It's is much harder to do then phone line.
 
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