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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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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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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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 wire for a security system during construction?

I would like to run wires in anticipation of a future hard-wired security system. However, I have yet to find any information that pulls everything together regarding what is required. From what I ...
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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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Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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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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How do I choose a recessed alarm contact switch?

With so many window and door recessed contact switches, how does one decide the best one for the application? I was leaning towards Ademco 3/8" Diameter Miniature Press Fit Magnetic Contact, for ...
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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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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 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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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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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 should I consider regarding LAN wiring before building a house?

I am planning a small house (4 rooms, 2 floors, no basement, no attic, 120 sq.meters) and I want to run a lot of LAN cables throughout because of poor WiFi experiences in my apartment. Because the ...
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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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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 NEC code requirement for how far off the floor Category 5 wiring must be run?

I am currently running conduit for Cat5e cable in the home office I am finishing off. Are there any rules in the code for how far off the floor Category 5 wires in conduit must be run?
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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 run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?

I want to install an ethernet jack in an interior wall of one room. I'd like to run the cable up through the wall cavity (so it is hidden) into the crawl space and back down another wall to another ...
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Does a (non-splitting) cable splitter degrade the signal?

I have cable and cable internet in my new apartment. The cable comes in to the water-heater closet from the roof and comes out an outlet in the wall of the closet, but there is a 4-way splitter in ...
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Can I repurpose existing cat5 telephone line for Ethernet networking?

We recently moved into a house where there is cat5e wiring running from a telephone jack in each room, to the rear of the house near the phone junction box and electrical box. The wires are literally ...
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Can anything interesting be done with Kidde's interconnect wires?

In our newly-renovated house the Kidde's CO2- and CO-detectors are everywhere. They are also all interconnected, which means there is a wire running throughout the house already. The detectors came ...
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How Do I Plan for an Intrusion Detection System?

I would like to plan for an intrusion detection system in a home that is currently under construction. The home has a walkout basement that is sloping, shown in the rear elevation picture shown ...
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What type of ethernet cable do I need for outdoor use?

I want to run about 100 meters of Ethernet cable out my attic and down a drainpipe. The cable will be exposed to the elements, and attached to a gigabit switch (indoors) at both ends. What kind of ...
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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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 split my rg6 cable runs without losing my signal?

So I've been working on this for months as I finish my basement. We don't have cable tv or satellite. We just get broadcast tv using a digital roofmount antenna and then in the house a digital ...
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Will security system wiring cause interference in data cables?

Is it acceptable to run 22/4 security wire along side Cat6 and Coax cables, or is there any possibility for interference?
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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 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 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 wire an HD antenna into my attic?

I have a 2 year old house 2 floors and then an attic that you have to use a pulldown to get into. The house has an ethernet cable (90% sure it is an ethernet cable) that is in the attic, I have a HD ...
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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 ...
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What is the minimum distance that should be maintained between parallel electric and data cables?

I need to run some electric and data (coaxial, UTP Cat5/6 and phone) wires from one room to the adjacent rooms. I've read Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables? but I understand that ...
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Does the listed gauge on a crimp cap take into account that two wires would go in the same end?

What size of crimp cap be used for 16 AWG wire? I could use butt splice of size 22-18 AWG but prefer crimp cap connector where both wires go in the same end (so double the diameter). Should I buy ...