Questions about planning, installing, and servicing network cabling such as computer networks, home automation, and so on. See also the [cabling] tag.

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What is the proper hole size to drill through joists for wiring? [duplicate]

I am running CAT6a wire around my house and I was wondering what the maximum hole size I can drill to run cable across the joists in my basement to various rooms. I should measure but the joists are 2 ...
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Can I run CAT5 cables parallel to low voltage (9v) power cables?

The answers to this question clearly state that low voltage and high voltage cables should be kept separate; does this apply to low voltage (9v) power cables and CAT5? The problem: I would like to ...
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How to install low voltage bracket through a drywall block?

When installing an old work low voltage ring/bracket in a room (for a network plug), I cut the hole where there is a block behind the drywall. The block is what looks to be a 1x4, going vertically ...
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Replace existing phone jack with network cable

I'm trying to get wired network to my living room since wireless isn't ideal for streaming high quality video. My first instinct was to replace the existing phone jack, since I don't have landline ...
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Network wiring an apartment without drilling or cutting the walls

I recently moved into a 2 story townhouse from a rented house. In the previous house, I ran wiremold from our server room that was upstairs to our equipment downstairs, totaling at five Cat 6 ethernet ...
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Cat6/Low Voltage Termination in a wooden enclosure

I have been bouncing around the idea of running CAT6 thru my older (1970s) house. Single story with an unfinished attic I have identified a bedroom closet as the potential location for the central ...
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Is there any easy way to mount multiple single gang low voltage panels in a multi-gang box?

So, a combination of AT&T, Comcast, and the previous owner of my house and made an absolute mess out of the area I'm wanting to use as the network hub of my house. There are five outlets, one for ...
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What size conduit should I use for Coaxial and Ethernet?

I'm looking at feeding both a coaxial and an Ethernet(probable cat6A) cable too multiple locations in my house shortly. I was wondering what size conduit should I use?
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New thermostat wire: maximum number of wires?

Background: I'm upgrading from a failing ecobee smart thermostat to an ecobee3. The ecobee3 requires all wires for the components it controls to be run all the way to the thermostat (including ...
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Ethernet jack near power cable

I have an un-shielded Cat5E cable that I'm pulling down a wall along a stud. Near the bottom of said wall there is a 120v line running parallel to the floor. 1) Is it OK to terminate the ethernet in ...
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Running ethernet under ground to another building

I'm trying to run ethernet cable about 250ft underground to the garage. It is going through a hard plastic/rubber tubing under the yard and into the garage. Is there anything I should know before ...
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Running LV conduit through attic - what do I need to know?

I want to run 1" LV conduit (Carlon Resi-gard) through the attic. Basically, I am using the attic for the "horizontal" run from one room to another. I will be sealing the hole with some caulking, ...
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Does conduit terminated in backless gang boxes defeat the purpose of fireblocking?

My understanding for an ENT conduit (other than for future flexibility) was that it was fire-rated, to reduce the spread of fire/air-flow between floors. If the conduit went through fire-blocks or ...
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How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?

I was planning to get 3/4" conduit (Carlon ENT/Smurftube) to run network cables through the house. Just how many CAT6 cables can safely fit into 3/4" conduit?
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Penetrating walls with two cables

I am planning to run both coaxial and cat5e cables from my basement to my (finished) attic, along the outside of the house. I'm trying to figure out the best practice. If it were a single cable, I ...
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Using fire retardant sealant for low-voltage cables through walls

I plan to wire my house with CAT6 cables, running inside the walls (drywall, wood). I would have to drill through the floor and probably through fire blocks in between the studs. Lot of guides advise ...
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Plug/fire stop holes drilled for running low voltage cable?

I am considering running a low voltage cable (probably Cat6, but maybe fiber) up inside an exterior wall, between studs, from basement to 2nd floor in an existing home in the US. I should get riser- ...
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Cat 6 and Romex run perpendicular

I am mapping out a path to run Cat6 thru my house. I know not to run Ethernet parallel to power and the Intartubes say to try to cross at right angles. But how much interference will I get by ...
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Is it feasible to pull individual conductors out of a 20m CAT3 cable?

I am well aware that this is pushing what can be DIY-ed. I live in a student housing cooperative, and the two houses it comprises have an unused phone network running between them. The network was ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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What can I use to lubricate CAT6 cables while installing them?

I am about to run some network wires inside the wall at home. I had already done so but apparently too much pressure on them while pulling caused one of the pairs to go bad and therefore prevent ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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How can I determine if CAT5 cable is wired for data or phone?

We just moved into a home that has a renovated basement and all of the receptacles have two CAT5 wires pulled to them (one for telephone and one for data) but none of the wires are labeled or ...
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How do I extend an Ethernet cable at a wall socket?

I have a wall socket in my kitchen but there isn't enough cable leaving the wall to attach a new RJ45 jack to (There's about an inch left to play with). There's no slack in the cable so I cannot pull ...
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How would I connect several speakers to an amplifier for multi room sound?

I would be happy if anyone can help me with the following project I wish to build : I have an old amplifier 4ohm impedance with A and B zones, support for mono and stereo and playing A and\or B. I ...
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Is this patch panel used for phone, security, or data?

I just moved into a townhouse. Each bedroom has a CAT5e panel on the wall. I've went up in the attic and I can see the blue ethernet cables running from each bedroom to a central location right above ...
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How can I run cables along a concrete wall?

I am living in a house with concrete walls (no attic, no basement) and I want to run Cat5e or Cat6 Cable from the router which is downstairs to my office which is upstairs. Right now running cables ...
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How should I run CAT6 wiring from one side of my house to the other?

I want to run CAT6 wire through my house, from the wired west wall to the east end of the house, and I would like to do so as cheaply as possible. I do have an inside storage space under the living ...
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Is it ok to run CAT-6, Coaxal, and HDMI near hot water pipes

I am running CAT6, HDMI and Coax in my basement. I have pipes that contain hot water from my heater, and to supply my radiators. Can I just use foam insulation on the pipes at the intersection points ...
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Help connecting cat5e cables for home networking

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 --> ...
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How can I find out which ethernet cable goes where?

I moved in to a house where I have a bunch of cables in the basement that go god knows where. Is there a way to find out the destination and purpose of all of them?
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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Is it safe to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall?

Does anyone know if it's safe / compliant to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall? No extension, just the original cable, running a vertical 5-8 ft segment.
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How is the input connection made to a punch down block?

I'm installing a patch panel using Cat 6 cable to the various rooms of the house that will require internet service. I have a 12 port punch down block, and understand how to punch down the connections ...
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Is there any code for running Ethernet cable (through attics)?

We have an unfinished attic - the insulation-everywhere, step-in-the-wrong-place-and-fall-through-the-ceiling kind. I'd like to run Ethernet cable through the attic. I know for Romex, I'd have to ...
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How can I connect a T568 cable to a 4p4c jack?

Currently living in Netherlands, the phone cable of my apartment is a T568 cable which I cannot confirm is A or B yet (will be checked later this evening). However, my ADSL modem only has a handset ...
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connect 3 pair of speakers to receiver [closed]

installed 2 speakers in kitchen, dining room, padio, total of 6 speakers, 3 pair. have an Onkyo TX-8050 receiver that has stereo SpeakerA and SpeakerB terminals with a total of 4 channels, 2 pair. ...
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How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?

I'd like to run new cabling for data, voice and tv but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get some of the wires up to the attic for the 2nd floor and would like some advice. I've run cables, ...
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How can I run cat6 from my basement to the second floor?

I was trying to get cat6 to an upstairs room on an exterior wall and was trying to follow along the outside of the air duct to give me a clear shot. I've got the wall opened up on 2nd floor a couple ...
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How do I terminate coaxial cable in a crimp on F type connector?

I've got some coaxial cable, and I'd like to put F type connectors on the end so I can use the cable to connect my TV to the Cable box. How do I put ends on the cable?
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How can I run Ethernet cabling through concrete walls?

I'd like to run CAT6 cable between 3 rooms which are separated by concrete walls. What are my options? I'm looking for the least intrusive way.
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How do I properly bring in coax from the pole to the interior of my house?

As it is now, the coax comes off the pole and is anchored under the eave with a coax grounding block. From there, the local cable company stapled the coax down the siding, then horizontally around a ...
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How can I figure out the surround sound system left behind by the previous owners?

I have a basement with what appears to be surround-sound infrastructure. At 4 points in the ceiling (let's call them locations C0...C3), there are a pair of speaker wires. At one location near the ...
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How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?

My family and I are interested in buying a house that was built in 2002. This house is two floors on a concrete slab with a finished bonus room upstairs so there is no attic other than above the ...
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Would a normal ethernet cable survive the conditions in an air conditioning vent? [duplicate]

I am currently renting a flat, which prevents me from making modification to the walls. However, I still would like to run ethernet cables between rooms. Between all the rooms, there are AC vents ...
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How can one properly and tidily install this hardware for internet access?

This picture shows what my new home has for the wiring necessary for internet access. Some of the wiring here isn't necessary---in fact, most of it isn't, just the telephone wiring. With an idea of ...
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How would I ground an internal ethernet surge protector?

I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground ...
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What is the official name for wiring hole stops/plugs and where can I buy them?

We have several holes in our house (floor and external wall) that are used for cables (coax and cat5e). The holes are bigger than the cable that goes through them so we'd like to minimize the excess ...
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How can I electrically test an RJ45 plug?

I live in a dorm and there's a RJ45 connector on the wall, which is connected to a router somewhere in the building (which I do not have access to). Supposing I do not know the exact hardware ...
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What wires do I need to run to my wall mounted tv?

I'm in the planning stages of a home theater setup. What do I need to run to the tv so I can hook up various components? I planned on running power, HDMI cables, RCA cables, coax, and an ethernet ...