I recently moved into a home built in 2000, which appears to be pre-wired for Ethernet in some rooms. I would like to use this existing ethernet wiring but I am really not sure how to approach this network cabinet in the basement.
The grey cables coming into this "patch panel" (which really seems more like it splices cables because there are no network jacks on it) are all labeled Cat5. The cables coming out are labeled as if they go to every room, but some rooms I can't find the other end of the cable. The rooms that do have them have RJ45-ended cables coming out of the wall. One of the cables is labeled "telco". I would suspect these are phone lines except they have RJ45 on the end. It's hard to follow but it looks almost as if each line is spliced together. It almost seems as if someone had DSL and you were only supposed to connect the modem in one room and all the rest of them would be dead?
The white cables, also Cat5, are all cut and terminate in this box. These are definitely phone lines. I can find the other ends of these cables in each room, terminating in an RJ11 jack. I was thinking I might just replace the RJ11 jack with RJ45 and have 100Mbps ethernet in every room by using a network switch here in this box.
The coax cables in this network box are not connected to anything, except two that are plugged into an amplifier as seen below. I stuck my cable modem in my living room and I do have internet, so something is working properly, but I don't know how it works with the setup down here.
I'm not sure how to approach this. How can I get Ethernet in my home?