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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How to run single ethernet (no PoE) in trench through garden?

I've never buried a cable before, or even run a conduit in a wall/floorspace, so this is all new to me. I've dug half the trench across the garden so far. It's only 6" deep in some places as below ...
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How many CAT6 cables can fit in 3/4 conduit?

I was planning to get 3/4" conduit (Carlon ENT/Smurftube) to run network cables through the house. Just how many CAT6 cables can safely fit into 3/4" conduit?
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Home phone jack connectivity test

I have a panel in a closet with my phone (RJ11?)cables in there. I want to convert one of those to RJ45. I want the cable that goes into my living room. I know there are connectivity testers out ...
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How can I run voice over existing coaxial cable?

I've been doing home improvement projects for a while and one thing that I've made use of the most is taking advantage of existing cabling in the walls that isn't being used. The project that did this ...
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There’s a cat5e coming out of my wall, how do I make it work?

I recently moved in with family and noticed a Ethernet cord coming out of the wall in my room (mine is the only room with one). It’s obviously not connected to the modem or router, and I’m not sure ...
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Adding a electrical outlet in a closet for wireless router

I want to move my wifi router to a central location in my home. The only ethernet jack is all the way at one end of my house. However I have a hall closet that is centered in the house and would be a ...
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How to run an additional coax cable into into the attic for a TV antenna?

I have a block wall construction house in Florida that was built in 2018. The contractor built in coaxial cables into each room (1 each) for cable TV and/or an Internet cable modem. I recently ...
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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 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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Running cat6 through a wall

I am running new cable from my second floor to my first using wall jacks. I'm not getting a connection through them and I don't have a tester on me. The cables going into the upstairs from the modem ...
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Calculating the inner diameter of a sleeve for wrapping a bundle cables in a house

Let's assume I'm wiring a house with ethernet cables. Cables will be bundled together and each bundle will be wrapped in a sleeve to protect cables from rodents (amongst other benefits). Sleeves come ...
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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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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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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 will ...
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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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Ethernet above drop ceiling — plenum cable “just in case”?

I’ve been reading about the right way to install Ethernet cable at home (1) (2) (3) (4) and my requirements are: Category 6A cable for future-proofing (as of 2019, this seems better than Cat 6). ...
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Fix/Move Ethernet on Side of House

The house I recently bought has the networking cables to each room (2-4 each) terminate at a junction box on the outside of the house. To hook up my Internet, the tech hooked up to one of the cables ...
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Powerline Adapters and non-grounded outlets

I have a powerline adapter connected to an outlet on the main floor of my house. There I have my PS4’s ethernet connected. The other adapter is upstairs where the router is. Over the last several ...
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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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Is there a problem with a media enclosure box in a laundry room?

Looked at a home where the media enclosure box is in the laundry room. Is that ok? Particularly, I’m unsure if there’s an issue about moisture being near wiring.
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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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Can I use coax outlets for cable modem?

I recently moved into a home where each room has a coaxial wall plate. My ISP provides internet through a cable modem, where unfortunately the cable input is in a non-ideal location. Next to that ...
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Is my plan to use Alexa to turn on a fireplace reasonable?

I have a fireplace (gas) with a constant 0.5V low voltage current as the igniter connected to a single pole switch. I would like to add Alexa via a 120VAC separate smart switch that has a timer that ...
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Repurpose telephone line to ethernet

I have a (UK) telephone socket in the same corner of each of the three floors in my house. My broadband router is connected to the socket on the bottom floor. The wiring looks like the following: ...
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Locating security system base unit

I was looking at buying a security system with 60 foot wired cameras (Night Owl, at Sam's Club). That would mean the main system console would be upstairs, or even in the attic, a long way from my ...
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When running crawl space conduit, must the conduit be run through the joist via drilled holes, or can they be attached underneath?

I'm wiring my home for 110V and cat6e(48-0V). There is currently no wiring, just an air tight shell with interior studs exposed. There is a crawl space where I would like to run all of the conduit ...
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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 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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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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Replace existing phone jack with network cable

I'm trying to get wired network to my living room since wireless isn't ideal for streaming high quality video. My first instinct was to replace the existing phone jack, since I don't have landline ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...