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Questions tagged [data-wiring]

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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Re-wire Cat5e RJ11 jacks to RJ45 ethernet

I just moved into a new (to me, but built in 2008) condo and am assessing the telecom situation. I'd like to get Ethernet connectivity to as much of the unit as possible, for wireless range extenders (...
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Is there a way to fish a cable (network) using an existing one as a guide?

Are there any devices that allow you to basically clip a wire to an existing wire in a wall and use it as a guide? I had my house wired for networking, but that was before I upgraded to gigabit ...
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How can I find a fault causing loss of internet signal on mains

I have a powerline system which was working well then suddenly stopped. The signal will travel well between 2 or 3 or 4 outlets out of 14 then drops to next to nothing. At the time of failing nothing ...
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How is telephone distributed in a home?

I know in modern commercial buildings, "phone" jacks are wired like data with CAT5e (or higher) cabling to a patch panel on a 19" rack. How does it work in small home with POTS?
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How can I route data cables through the ceiling?

I'm wiring my new home, and I have a camera system (BNC but looks like a stero cable in diameter) and ethernet cables that I've run to the attic space. Everything was going great until summer hit, ...
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Staying electric code compliant while cleaning up in-wall network box

Below is a pic of the in-wall network box in my new home - it is a 42" On-Q metal box, with an existing power outlet inside. Not shown are the bundle of cat5e cables and network and phone switches I ...
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Adding Cat6 Surface Mount Box

I went to my local retail network box store and after being assured by the sales person that this would work for Cat6 and produce Cat6 speeds I purchased this to wire-up my Cat6 cable to, then run a ...
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Where should shielded data cables be grounded?

In the comments on this question (Using PEX as wire conduit), the issue of grounding shielded data cables on one end vs both ends came up. For any arrangement of cables (ex. single cable, multiple ...
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Using PEX as wire conduit

I have some 1/2" PEX-AL-PEX left over and thinking about using it as conduit for ~20' ethernet or phone cable. Pipe is appropriately orange. Will the aluminium layer provide RF shielding? (assuming I ...
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Reason for 2 cat5 cables to RJ11 Phone Jack?

I popped off a wall jack for one of the phone connections in my house because I was curious to see if it was using cat5 that I could use to change some of them to rj45 for ethernet instead and got ...
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Does the NEC regulate data cable bury depth?

Technically my jurisdiction follows the 2016 California Electric Code, but it's mostly just the 2016 NEC. Table 300.5 lists bury depths for various areas and wiring methods. Do these apply to data ...
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What should I leave in the walls to allow me to fish future wires?

I'm working with a builder, and I did all of my own low-voltage wiring to open low voltage single gang plates. I have some runs that I want to be able to fish future wires through. Some of my runs ...
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Running ethernet between floors

Internet comes through in the basement (semi-basement), so, all life relating to computers and such grew around that, but it's started to be more trouble than it's worth. The house has three levels : ...
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Modifying a plastic electrical box for structured wiring usage

I'm building a new home and wished to install structured wiring (2 cat 6, 2 rg6 and 2 fiber optic cable). In pricing the orange open front and rear boxes, I found them ridiculously expensive. The open ...
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How to use house's built in patch panel

So, when i bought this house the builder went ahead and installed a patch panel. Since then the only time I've really payed it any attention was when my house was getting hooked up to my ISP's service....
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Can I run data (e.g., for computer internet access) through my rg6 coaxial cable?

I want to be able to hook up computers in different rooms of my house directly to a connection in the wall rather than using wireless. I have rg6 cable runs (multiple runs) in every room. I'd rather ...
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Please help identify thing wired into my home alarm

Wired into my alarm panel per the enclosed photo is a small black-wrapped device wired to the 12V+, - & Earth. What might this be for - voltage stabilisation, noise reduction, ...? Grateful for ...
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Retrofit apartment for gigabit internet

My high-rise apartment building has gigabit internet service available via copper ethernet at the communication closet on my floor, but it's my responsibility to establish the connection from that ...
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How to set up home network w/ fiber from street & unterminated Cat5e in garage

I'm having gigabit Sonic Fiber installed soon in a newly purchased, remodeled house, and I need to figure out how best to configure my networking setup to distribute a wired (& wireless) ...
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Should ethernet cable be run in attic or basement floor joists? [closed]

I am running cat5 or cat6 cable for hooking up internet, poe cams, and maybe even some video runs (hdmi adapter) in new construction. Is it more common to run these cables in the attic, bunched ...
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Powerline Adapter Into Cheater Plug

We live in a pretty old house that is brick and plaster all over the first floor where our AT&T Uverse wireless router is set up. Although we have fiber internet, we get very poor wifi speeds in ...
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Can I drill through joists?

My dad just bought a house and let me move in. He's home once every three months so its practically my house. I just have to take care of it. What I want to do is have my internet closet on the ...
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Cat 5/6 in same conduit as power: is NM-B required, or is THHN acceptable?

Preface: I'd like to avoid the question of whether one should run data and power together; my question is focused on Code compliance. I'm trying to ensure I interpret Code correctly when running Cat ...
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How do I run ENT to an old work box?

I have an existing low-voltage old-work box similar to this which I am using to provide a cable TV outlet: I would like to run more cables to this location, namely, phone and CAT6. I do have access ...
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wire Cat6 cable through PVC pipes

I bought this house with phone cable wiring though PVC pipes all over but no Ethernet at all. I'm wondering if there's a way for me to fishing Cat6 cable through those pipes. Note that it's concrete ...
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Need guidance on drilling through wall plates

I've got a ranch style home that I want to run cable from the basement, through the wall to the attic and distribute through the house. Only running 20 cables, max, through this trunk pipe. The wall ...
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In Canada, can I run Ethernet cables through air ducts?

I am planning to wire my new condo for Ethernet, but unfortunately I don't have the usual basement/attic access that homeowners enjoy. Barring that, the easiest way to route cables where I need them ...
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Installing CAT6 in a wall without using trunking or conduit

I’ve just bought an old house in the UK (circa 1902) and am running CAT6 cable through most of it. I bought Outdoor Cable as I needed something a bit more durable. The downside is that I can’t run any ...
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New home cat6 wiring and conduit

I'm currently in the planning phases for a new construction home that will be 3 stories without a basement (crawlspace instead). The home will have insulation in all interior walls which will make it ...
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Bury empty conduit next to electrical conduit for future tech?

Is it a good idea to use the same trench dug for electrical conduit to also use for future lines (internet, cable, xyz tech, etc) inside a NEW conduit or should that conduit be in a separate trench ...
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Improving Cell Signal to Increase Data Speeds

I just moved to a very rural area in Western WA on the top of a hill. My internet options are very slow (< 3Mb/s) DSL, Sat, and using my cell provider (Verizon Wireless) for internet. The last ...
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Why am I getting noise with my network cable connectors?

The modular plugs or what I like to call "end-caps" for Cat6 cable, I have the kind where you can push the cable all the way through then cut so you know you have proper cable alignment. I thought ...
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Adding Cat6 & FType To Wall

I know you can buy plates that have 2 Cat6 connectors and 1 FType, or 1 Cat6 and 1 Ftype - but what I am needing is 4 Cat6 and 1Ftype, I know that is an odd number so I would settle for 5 Cat6 and 1 F ...
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Drill From 1st Floor To Second Floor

I am wiring my home with Cat6 and I have my 1st floor wired thanks to tips used from users on this forum! Well now, I need to go between floors! I have found a location that is a straight shot up, ...
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Is my plan for wiring ethernet reasonable?

I would first of all like to start off by saying that I am a software developer by profession, so my networking knowledge is relatively basic. My question is therefore aimed at figuring out if I am ...
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How can I use the existing structured wiring panel to get internet throughout my house?

My apartment is currently wired with five Cat5e cables that all meet in a closet, where there is also an outlet and the cable entry. The ethernet is currently wired into the board in the picture below....
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What wire should be used for modern thermostat

I may (or may not) be pulling new wires to support current-generation thermostats.... Upgrading the thermostats themselves seems a good time to upgrade the wire too, though I think I could get by on ...
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WiFi extender/repeaters? [closed]

I cannot seem to locate a wifi extender that will be connected to the router/modem via Ethernet cable? My situation: I am moving into a 2-floor condo. ISP is coming to install the modem in the office ...
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For phone jack, which terminals are used by modem?

I have a new telephone jack to replace the old on the wall outlet. The new jack is confusing and I'm new to this. I think I may have messed with the wiring, and I don't understand which wire should go ...
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How far should a CAT5 cable be from a power cable? [duplicate]

In a few days, we will be having a small tower set up so that we can have internet connection in our rural home. We need to trench a cat-5 cable from the tower to our house but we also want to, in the ...
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How to run data cable in an attic with blown fiberglass insulation

I was wanting to rerun some Ethernet cable in my home. There is no Ethernet running to my living room which I want for my smart TV. For the time being, I have to run a cable from my office room to my ...
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Wiring Leading to DSL Problems

We have had a lot of problems with our DSL dropping. The ISP has come out and taken a look at the outside wiring, and has claimed that everything looks good. They have said that the problem is with ...
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Low Voltage cable run thru Flexible Aluminum Pipe

Are there any code issues with running CAT6 and Coax thru flexible duct that is not part of a ventilation system? Basically I want to use something like this as conduit into an unfinished attic ...
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Finding the other end of an ethernet cable that's punched into a 66 Block

I have a Cat 5 ethernet cable that runs from a stereo cabinet to an equipment closet. A couple dozen other identical cables run from other parts of the house to the same hole in my drywall in this ...
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Cable Modem Placement: Longer Ethernet/Shorter Coax vs Shorter Ethernet/Longer Coax

I am trying to decide which location would be the better spot to mount a cable modem. Cable modem jack will be home run to the cable box. Current Coax run is ~50 Foot thru crawl space. ...
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Can PoE cause interference with neighboring non-PoE Ethernet cables?

I plan on upgrading my home Wireless Access Point in the near future and rather than running an extension cord to the location I was thinking about getting a WAP that supports Power Over Ethernet. My ...
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Potential complications running data cables

I just got the idea to run cables through the walls to transmit data around the house. In particular, I was thinking of buying a few HDMI/RCA/Coax/Ethernet wall plates and installing them in a couple ...
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Home network wiring network closet

In my condo, there is a network closet that contains this item: There are 3 RJ45 jacks around my condo and I assume it's each connected to one of the 3 blue Cat5e cables that are connected to this ...
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How to find the splitter box for cable TV?

I want to move a TV from one room to another. One room has an active cable connection and the other has an inactive connection. I cannot find the signal splitter to change the connection. Any ideas ...
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Best way to run 40 lan cables in loft style office [closed]

I have a project to run around 40 lan cables in loft style office. The office don't have any conduit attached to ceiling at all. The location of RJ45 Jacks is multiple. I wonder what is the best nice ...