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 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 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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What is the proper way to run Category 6 underground?

I'd like to run some Category 6 cabling underground, for a distance of about 120 ft, between a main home and a 2nd unit, for ethernet connectivity between the two homes. I've run Category 5 indoors ...
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How do I run cable through my ceiling?

I have a cable that I need to run through the ceiling. I'd like to go under the floor, but I have a split level house, and this is the lower floor, so I don't believe there is room in the bottom half ...
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What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs?

I am running Cat-6 and Coax in new construction. I am looking for advice/best practices on how to organize and secure the cables during the runs. I will be running 2 Cat-6 and 1 Coax to a ...
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What are some pros, cons and recommendations for multicables?

Currently saving to build a new home and I'm going over wiring options in my mind. My current home has too few sockets, cable connections and LAN ports (yes I still like wired LAN, wireless is good ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What should I consider when burying cable?

What should I consider when burying standard coaxial cable between the local pole and my house?
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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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Running cat 6 networking cable in the attic: what is up to code?

I plan on adding a Cat 6 network in my single-story detached home. It would consist of home runs from each of the 3 bedrooms + TV room to a central patch panel in the garage, which is close to the ...
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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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Do open-back low voltage boxes have advantages over standard outlet boxes?

I will be running LV wiring in new construction. I've seen the open backed Carlon boxes, but have read that they are difficult to insulate, and therefore should not be used on exterior walls. I ...
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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 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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How can I reconnect home ethernet that has been terminated outside?

I recently moved into a newly re-wired house where the electrician terminated the ethernet wiring outside of the house. Wires are coiled/zip tied into a box on the exterior wall. The same box that ...
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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 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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How can I convert Cat5e wired sockets to Ethernet?

I recently moved to a new home and I noticed that the phone jacks (RJ-11) were connected using Cat5e cable. I'm thinking I can replace the RJ-11 plugs with RJ-45 and use Ethernet over the existing ...
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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 to use network patch panel in new house

I just moved in to a townhouse built in 2007 with a seemingly nice CAT5 and coaxial cabling. In fact, I found a patch panel in the closet! I opened it and found this: I also noticed some ...
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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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Alternatives to signal on power for home automation systems (such as UBP) - low-voltage circuits, wireless…?

I am kind of averse to using signal on power for home automation systems such as UBP as this seems to be shared with the outside world (I read somewhere that the signal can travel as far as the ...
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How can I pass cables vertically through walls that contain fire blocking?

How can one pass (speaker) cables through walls from the floor to the ceiling. I am assuming that drilling a small hole at the top, dropping the cable I want to pass through and catching it at the ...
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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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Can I install data wiring in a clothes closet?

I want to add network drops to several rooms in my house, and have them connect to one point, preferably inside an existing closet. I would like to put a cable modem and a WiFi router in this closet, ...
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How are homes typically wired for cable service distribution and what can I do so that each of my home's outlets works?

I've recently moved and the new home has cable outlets in several of the rooms. Cable service was recently installed and works for one line entering the home, but not for any of the home's existing ...
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How can I remove an electrical junction box that is attached to a stud, without damaging the surrounding wall?

I'm trying to pull the phone wire in my new house, and replace it with Cat6 cable for Ethernet. Upon removing the faceplate for the dual cable (coax) and phone jack, I found what I believe is this ...
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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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What are some tools for diagnosing powerline networking problems?

We've had problems with a number of devices that communicate over power lines -- both the TED 5000 electricity monitor and most recently a pair of Netgear powerline networking adapters. I've tried a ...
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Should I be able to run some 1.5" PVC chase conduits from attic to basement next to a cold air return?

I have a new home I just moved in to and rather than having them put this stuff in ahead of time (silly me) I'm now trying to do it now. Here is my situation... I live in a 2 story home with a ...
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What is the safe/proper way to run non-metallic conduit between floors?

I need to run a CAT5 line and a 22/4 alarm wire from my 2 story attic to the first floor. I have access to the interior of the walls (I will re-dryboard). I'd like to run carlon ENT from the attic ...
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Can I run computer network wiring next to the furnace exhaust?

I am in Ontario and I want to run computer networking wire from the basement to the second floor. The most direct route is inside the box that carries the furnace exhaust to the chimney on the roof. ...
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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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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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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 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 sort of cable should I use to add extra tv outlets

So I need to split the cable coming down from the aerial into 3 outlets. What's the best way of doing this? I was thinking of using a 4-way splitter: Would this be the best way with minimal signal ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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. ...