I'm renting an older house that was renovated a few years ago, and I'm hoping to utilize the cat5 wiring in the house for networking.
Here's the setup:
internet --> coax --> modem --> wireless router --> wireless devices --> ethernet output --> RJ45 wall jack .... in another room.... RJ45 wall jack --> PC
For now, I'm just trying to connect the RJ45 jack connected to the router to the RJ45 jack connected to my PC. In theory I think this just means I need to splice the correct two cables together at our network "closet". Here's what the "closet" looks like:
(Yes, they are just stapled to a piece of plywood in the basement.) The yellow wires are cat5e, but appeared to be wired into some sort of phone jack block, with an RJ11 socket on the side.
Can any networking experts tell me:
What is the beige box?
What happens if I disconnect the yellow wires from the beige box? We're not using the landlines at all, though a phone in the kitchen is wired to the doorbell and an intercom system.
What's the best way to splice the ends of the yellow wires together? Will it just work as one continuous wire if I do so? (Total cable length is definitely less than 50m, this is a small house.)
Thanks so much for your help!