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How to install a two-way coax wall outlet for home internet and TV?

I want to install coaxial wall outlets throughout my home. The only ones I was able to find are these two-way outlets, with a male and a female connector. What I find confusing is that the outlet also ...
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Home Voip GV service/Phones not working with Cat5e wiring

General networking. Landline telephone number using a digital voip google voice service box. I want the GV box and phone moved into the hall bedroom. I can’t get a dial tone on my landline ...
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Best Practices for running data conduits through basement [closed]

I'm a new homeowner, having recently moved into a 1920's house. I'd like to run Ethernet conduits throughout the house. The basement runs the full length of the house and its ceiling already hosts ...
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Wiring low voltage around a corner

I tried grokking some of the other questions here, since I'm sure this is a duplicate -- but for the life of me I can't figure any of them out. I'm looking to hide coaxial/ethernet wiring that either ...
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Router in front of patch panel doesn't work, yet it works behind the panel [closed]

I have a strange situation here with my router and my patch panel. After years of using it perfectly over WiFi I decided to connect it to the patch panel to wire my desktop. I observe 2 different ...
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How can I connect the ethernet cables in my home to make them work?

We recently moved to a new place that has ethernet wiring. Initially we didn't use it, as I set up a wifi network using eero. I recently decided to explore how I can use it, especially to connect a ...
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enclose networking cable without splice

I paid an electrician to run cat6 between our house and home office in the back. On one end he left the wiring exposed. Is there a way to enclose this wire without splicing? This is in the south and ...
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Equipment Grounding Bar for a Data Closet?

I'm building out a data closet for my home office using a Leviton structured media cabinet (plastic). Some of my equipment (routers, switches) have lugs for external grounds and use 'brick' power ...
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How to test RJ45 ethernet cable failing to connect?

My home network setup is that I have a simple network switch fed by a cable modem in my utility/data room and then 6 RJ45 cables going out of it to different rooms of the house. I like to have wired ...
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How do I fish wire through a suspended ceiling without getting stuck on joists?

I'd like to run some ethernet cable in my wall through a suspended ceiling to a room where I can terminate the cable. I've not done this before. Most videos show DIYers up in their attic with ample ...
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How to thread a line through 40 foot plenum?

UPDATE: I have tried to snake 20 foot 1 inch PVC, however it is not rigid enough and suffers the same problem as the fiberglass rod UPDATE: This space is between the ground-floor ceiling and the first ...
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Can I run CAT6A and 12/3 AC90 armoured power cable inside the same watertight PVC conduit for about 5m/16Ft?

The main question I have is two-fold: Is it legal according to the Canadian electrical code and How will it affect performance? My setup: I have my "server room" underneath the stairs, but ...
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Tracing a Cat5 cable used for telephone connection back to 66 block

I have a Cat 5 ethernet cable terminated with a RJ45 Ethernet (8P8C) jack in the Master BR that is serving as a telephone connection. The other end of the cable is punched down into a 66 Block in the ...
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House wiring question

I moved into a new house which looks to be wired for sound, co-ax, and then telephone/Ethernet(?). The coax and Ethernet lines all terminate to a single location that had an old tecgate server but ...
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Insulating data cables through inevitable choke point containing electrical wires

I unfortunately need to run Cat5E and coax through a choke point containing electrical wires. Would there be a way to add insulation to these wires at these choke points? Details: this picture is ...
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Can I put CAT-6 ethernet in the same conduit as power wires? [duplicate]

I am going to run an underground 50 amp circuit to my detached garage for an EV charger. The distance from the house electric panel and the garage is about 60 feet. I was planning on putting the ...
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How can I use existing satellite coaxial cable to carry my internet connection?

I recently moved to another internet provider who provides FTTH (Fibre To The Home). Now my powerline adapters are incapable of taking full advantage of the increased speeds. I'm currently using Wifi ...
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Adding wifi router next to structured media enclosure

I am trying to properly place the Wifi router and AT&T gateway with 'Structured Media Enclosure' (essentially a metal box) and having a heck of a time arranging an otherwise basic setup. So the ...
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What is this "loose faceplate ring" and is it something that should be fixed?

I was hoping to replace an old yellow faceplate for a coaxial connection with a nicer white one, but when I took off the faceplate I was greeted with this sight: I can only imagine that the cable ...
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Do I need to replace this old telephone wiring?

My house was built in 1965, and I am not sure when this wiring is from. I haven't had internet connection issues in the past. When I upgraded to the AT&T Fiber network due to working from home, ...
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what kind of smart bridge do I need for a smart home new construction? [closed]

So, doing wiring for a small, new construction, upside-down house by the river. I wanted to go smart home with Alexa. I want to use Alexa exclusively if at all possible. No appliances bought, or ...
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Does Power-Over-Ethernet help the DIYer?

Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) has come up in several answers recently as potential solutions to problems involving wiring and getting power to strange places. How does POE help the DIY person in achieving ...
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How to prepare for future Cat6 installation in new home construction

I am working with a builder to build a two-story house with unfinished basement. The house was already deep into construction when we signed the contract (framing complete, HVAC complete, ready for ...
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Any prescribed zone or similar concept for extra-low voltage/DC and data concealed wiring?

Is there any concept of 'prescribed zones' (née 'safe zones') - or interaction with those for concealed mains wiring - for other concealed cables?
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Issues with CAT3 Cabling

Having some issues with the CAT3 cable in my home. A few weeks ago, I added a 4 to 1 coax converter to the access panel in my office area as that is where the main coax cable entered my apartment. I ...
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Run data lines next to hvac lines, outside of conduit

I'm wondering if I can run some data lines along side of some HVAC lines. There's a hole in the side of the house that leads to a large bulkhead that runs the length of the basement. This is where the ...
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Finding unused Cat5 cables

I recently moved into a house built in 2015, and I’ve been trying to see how practical it is to wire parts of the house for Ethernet. In the basement, there’s a bundle of 9 Cat5e cables. 6 of them ...
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Can an ethernet cable look OK to a cheap cable tester but still have a problem?

My home office is at the end of a 15-20m ethernet cable that a friend ran 15 years ago, and it recently stopped working. I tested it with a cheap continuity tester, hoping to discover a fault near one ...
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Home Ethernet "patch" panel - how to approach?

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 ...
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Wiring Every Room With Cat8 Ethernet [closed]

I want to have 2 or 3 Ethernet jacks in every room in my house. There are none anywhere currently. Is my understanding correct in that I must use a switch? The ISP's coax cable going into the modem,...
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What are the requirements for physically securing exterior coax and cat6 to a house or outside dwelling?

I assume that there are some. Like a bracket every X inches or something but I can't find any. Hillsborough County, Florida if it matters. I find lots of articles talking about how the right kind of ...
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Question about adding CTs to a SE cable

Trying to figure out the best location to put some CTs on 2 runs of service entrance cable. I have a 400A main meter panel on the exterior of my house (2 200A main disconnects), one 200A main goes to ...
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Punchdown patch panel with no RJ45 ports?

longtime reader first time poster. I just moved into an apartment with in-wall Cat 5e wiring, and I'm hoping someone can shed some light on what I found in the box where they all come together. See ...
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How to properly terminate both ends of Cat6 patch cable (because of swapping side pairs)?

I'm using Legrand® CAT 6 RJ45 Plugs - 10 Pack (Model Number: AC3460V0) to terminate my new network cables. They have a separator-insert (visible below in one of the plugs) and an order-insert (which ...
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How to properly connect existing 8-port cat5 data/voice module SAM-V8 and 8-port voice module?

Moved into a new house with two jacks in each room, an 8-port Cat5 data/voice module and an 8port Voice module. Really am still coming to terms with what I'm looking at here. My goal is to have data/...
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How to arrest Cat6 cables from falling inside the wall?

I successfully drilled through floors (see this), pulled Cat6 cables and terminated them with keystones. I tested everything and now am ready to finish the installation by installing wall plates I ...
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How to fish low voltage wire from finished attic dormer through heavy framing?

I want to reroute this wifi camera’s 5V power cable (currently going through the window) through the wall. My idea is to drill a small hole in the wall where the purple circle is, route the wire down ...
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How to pass large cable bundle through drywall?

I’m moving all my network equipment to a central location inside a closet. I will mount the switch on the wall, and have about 14 Cat6 cables passing through the interior wall and going in different ...
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Can power outlets and HDMI wall-jacks be installed with right-angle bends to accommodate very thin walls?

I have a very thin wall, about 2 inches thick. See photo below. (This is the podium at a historic chapel.) The wall might be solid wood? I'm not certain. There is a crawl-space underneath the sub-...
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Can Invisible Dog Fence Wire be run in same Conduit with Cat6 for POE Cameras without Interference?

I am pulling 300' runs of Cat5 or Cat6 for POE security cameras. In the same ditch will be a 2" conduit with fiber runs for high-speed internet service. My client wants to add an invisible dog ...
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Any reason not to put a structured wiring enclosure directly next to the house main breaker box?

I'm adding CAT6 networking to my house for higher speeds plus some POE cameras. I want to put the cable modem, switch and camera DVR in a metal structured wiring enclosure. The best place is the the ...
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Adapting RJ-45 to RJ-11? [closed]

I'm planning to rewire the networking in my home with Cat5e or Cat6 throughout. The wiring will go to a central patch panel, where my router and main switch will be located. One issue, though, is that ...
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Cleaning up home network wiring closet [closed]

What. Do. I. Do. With. This. All of my network, cable, and phone wires run to this white box. I don't know what this box is called. There's a couple of power outlets at the bottom, within the box. ...
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Cat 6 in the same conduit as line voltage wiring

I am living in a building where I wish to run Cat 6 cables to different rooms. The building is constructed using bricks and concrete. The electrical wiring is running in PVC conduits. The electricity ...
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Cat3 from Verizon ONT to Old Bell Atlantic Panel

I am trying to identify what the purpose of this was, and whether it is safe to cut this cable. This Verizon Fiber ONT (optical network terminal) has a blue and white cable coming from this interface: ...
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Is it safe to pull CAT6 via old POTS line?

My basement has this mounted on the joist: Which appears to be a POTS/coax panel(?) Each room has panels that are coax and rj11 combined. What I was thinking of doing was using electrical tape around ...
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What is a proper way to support/suspend cat6 cable in a drop ceiling?

I am trying to run some cat6 cable in the drop ceiling of my basement. I want to run 3x CAT6-CMP cables that from what i understand should not rest on ceiling tiles. From what i have read, the ...
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Data Cable Through Drywall

The drywallers forgot to cut a hole for my ethernet cable. There is a coil of it behind the drywall. Any ideas how to get it through without cutting a huge hole in the wall??? Thank you!
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What's the right way of removing an indoor telephone line?

I'm in the process of removing an old telephone jack that has wiring running along the wall. The jack is easily removed, but I'm unclear on what to do with the wiring. It seems short sighted and ...
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Cable gland with thicker rubber seal/apron

I'm looking to use a cable gland to waterproof a low voltage valve actuator connection in a junction box. I have a cable gland appropriately sized for the wire, however the connector on the end of the ...
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