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Ethernet (Cat 5, 6, etc) consists of multiple pairs of twisted low voltage wires that can be used to carry computer data or telephone signals. Questions should limit themselves to running and maintaining the wires only. General questions about networking should be directed to http://superuser.com

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My house has Cat 5e Ethernet cables but no jacks - how do I figure out where these cables lead?

We're in a decade-old house that didn't have any coaxial or fiber Internet until just this week. Last night while looking inside the cabinet where the house's coax network feeds into, I noticed there ...
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How can I supply internet to the ethernet ports in my house? [closed]

I moved into a new rental about a month ago and had a local company setup our wifi with no problems. We are getting wifi via Google Fiber. The house has ethernet ports in every room and I would like ...
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How can I make use of Cat 5e cabling in my home?

Recently moved into a late 2000s home. There’s some Cat 5e cabling throughout the house that’s only being used for telephone outlets. I can see not all the twisted pairs are being used. There’s also a ...
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How do I protect outdoor CAT6 PoE from rain?

I'm using outdoor Ethernet cable outside to connect security cameras and I'm worried about rain exposure, especially with PoE. I've got a short (8") Ethernet line coming off of each camera with a ...
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Low-voltage Wires Alongside a Grounding Electrode Conductor?

I have a bare copper Grounding Electrode Conductor running from my main panel to my main water supply in a well room (about 60 ft away). It passes through quite a few holes in my joists on its way, ...
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Put internet router into loft [closed]

I want to put my internet router into the loft and then use multiple Ethernet cables from it that are dropped to every room and Wi-Fi access points. I live in the UK. The network provider has a socket ...
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Ethernet cable from wifi extender into office room through wall

I have a wifi extender on first floor of the house. It is connected into power socket on a wall shared with my home office. The wifi extender is outside the home office since when used inside, its not ...
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How to determine numbers and location(s) of hardwired Wifi access points?

I hope this question is "Home Improvement" enough. I would like to hardwire/install 1-3 Wifi access points in my home. From my understanding, ceiling mount is best and I got TP-Link EAP610 (...
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Ethernet tester says miswire

My new house is wired with CAT5 but hooked to telephone jacks in all the rooms. So I'm going around and wiring them up with RJ45 outlets. I did 3 rooms so far and all is good with them. I just got to ...
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What would be the way to bring the internet to the house from the usb internet stick which is 350 meters away?

I'm not at all a professional in this domain, but I'll try to explain the problem as briefly as possible. I'm trying to bring internet to the cottage. The only way that the internet provider offers me ...
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2x non terminated ethernet cable - size of drill bit

This may sound like a high (elementary) school type question but, given that a standard non-terminated ethernet cable needs 8mm hole, what would 2x need to comfortably fit through given the size? It ...
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2020 NEC: Proper installation of PVC Conduit for Data Cables

I am installing a media enclosure in an under-stairway closet on my first floor. I plan on running Schedule 40 PVC conduit between the enclosure and the crawlspace directly below, as well as between ...
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Can I run Cat6 and coaxial cables in separate conduit behind a circuit breaker panel without interference?

How should I best run coaxial and Cat6 cables behind a circuit breaker panel in my apartment? I'm planning to run the Cat6 and coax cables in two 1 inch steel conduit tubes to a plastic panel a foot ...
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Installing Ethernet Cable (West to North side of house)

I'm working through different ideas in my head on how to get 2 CAT6 cables from the modem (first floor - west side) to my media system (second floor - north side). Note that this is a Canadian home ...
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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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Using Cat5 cable for powering doorbell and wire gauges

The house I moved into had a cat5 cable running from their video doorbell to their base unit instead of a "regular" 2 conductor wire (that I've seen in previous places). I want to upgrade to ...
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Extend ethernet cable

I have a PoE camera and the wiring is about 3 feet too short. The Ethernet that was pre-wired is about 100 feet and it isn't practical to redo the wiring. How should I extend the cable? The connection ...
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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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Splitting ethernet port [closed]

Splitting ethernet port We recently changed a living room into a bedroom. However, there's no ethernet port in the space. We have an ethernet port on the other side of an adjacent wall. I know ...
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Correct sealant for polyethylene (PE) cable and sandstone brick (external ethernet run)

What is the correct sealant to use to make a seal between a polyethylene-sheathed ethernet cable and a sandstone brick will for exterior applications? I will drill a 10mm hole between the inside and ...
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Outdoor box or cover for exterior hole for network cables, what's this called?

I'm looking to very cleanly run network cables through exterior walls of a home. This is easily doable if you silicone all around the cable to plug the hole fully, but then it'll be impossible to add ...
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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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I want to run ethernet through the second floor (down into the first). How do I fish in the dark and insulated joist space?

I'm fishing through exterior walls, between floors. I've already ran ethernet from the attic down into the second floor (top right picture) but I can't figure out how to fish it through the space ...
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Can I re-terminate this ISDN connector to an RJ45 connector?

I live in an older house that has some in-wall cabling the previous residents installed. The plate here says ISDN, as you can see, but the ports are RJ-45 and ethernet "works" over it, ...
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Ethernet cable, no lights on tester?

I have three runs of Cat 6 cable I have dragged under a floor and downstairs. I have bought a cheap tester. One cable, fine. The tester shows all eight lights and my laptop connects using it. The ...
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How to resolve Ethernet wiring issues due to different modem - router locations when switching from broadband fibre to FULL OPTICAL fibre

Here the issue I am facing: Newly renovated bungalow with 4 new wired Ethernet sockets / points. Currently ISP modem/router placed in utility room. Central heating system + alarm system control(s) ...
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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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Ethernet + wifi to make one network

I have a brick house that was previously wired with ethernet cables. For wifi, are these any use? I want a single wifi network for the whole house. It seems I can get it with a network of mesh ...
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Rj45 continuity results

I bought a rj45 tester to test the continuity on 2 different rj45 ports at my house. Every other ports are working correctly but those 2 are not. Look at the result: Normally the possible results are ...
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What are these outlets, and can they be used to connect Ethernet-like cable?

I have a room (room A) with a wifi router setup, where there is an unused outlets with two vertical plug-in slots near it. My office (far from room A) has something similar (with 1 plug-in slot). I ...
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I just moved to a new place and was wondering if this meant it had Ethernet jacks?

I don’t know much about cabling and need some help identifying what this is. There this port that has a phone and a computer icon near where the fibre/coax entries are. And in one of my room there’s ...
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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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Ethernet connection between rooms doesn't work: LEDs 2, 3 and 4 don't blink on cable tester

My house is wired for ethernet, with the network closet on the 3rd floor (NC). The ethernet in all the rooms work, except for the connection in my office on the 1st floor. If I plug a laptop into it,...
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Suggestions for running more cables through (or around) top plate [closed]

I have a cabinet recessed into the wall of my garage where all of our TV, phone and ethernet cables come together and are terminated. The house is 20 years old and had 2 Coax for DirecTV, an ethernet ...
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Hanging a ethernet and television cable between 2 buildings

I want to connect to the internet and television (via cable) 2 buildings. In the 1st building is the main internet router and the main television cable. I want to bring the internet and tv cable to ...
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How to connect router into Leviton panel?

We've lived in our current house for 2 years and have been using an AmpliFi HD mesh setup since. The entire house is wired for Ethernet in every room (except the office, for some reason!), but I've ...
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How do I run ethernet [or other low-voltage wire] at an exterior wall?

Is there anything different about adding an outlet to an exterior wall? I've added several ethernet jacks to interior walls (drywall) using low-voltage rings & keystone plates, but never on an ...
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Why is my IP camera not detected when connected using a cat5e cable?

First time at installing a home CCTV system. The configuration is as follows 3x 5MP IP Bullet cameras each with a max specified dissipation of 2.3W PoE Switch rated for 78W NVR Cat 5e cable from ...
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Would RGB LED strip lights interfere with Ethernet cables [duplicate]

I've read that you shouldn't run your ethernet cables next to your homes power cables because there will be some interference due to the different voltages and magnetic field. Would this also apply if ...
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Getting a cable below the foundation slab

I don't think I will be able to explain this well so I hope an image will do some heavy lifting. My problem is, I cannot go get a cable directly into the basement via attic->outside wall. The only ...
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Ethernet bus topology for home automation?

Typically, Ethernet uses a star topology. Which means that if you were to use a protocol based on TCP/IP —like MQTT— for wired devices, you would end up with a (number of) central node(s) and one ...
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CAT5 port suddenly stopped working but all connections are good

I have a CAT5 jack that was working fine and seemingly stopped transmitting data all of a sudden. I use this for my TV's internet connection. My setup is pretty basic and straight forward. I have a ...
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Ethernet ground loop detection

Two buildings are separated by approximately 8 feet. A PEX pipe shielding a CAT5e ethernet was buried 8 inches underground. If each end of the ethernet cable is connected to a switch, I am concerned ...
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Internet wall box damaged, wet [closed]

Water spilled on the box on the wall that my Ethernet ports are in (internet gateway?). Now the internet doesn't work. I tried drying it as much as possible but it's connected to the wall so that's ...
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External Ethernet wiring in a condo

Background I live in a two-story condo that doesn't have Ethernet wiring. My goal is to retrofit and get wires to as many locations as possible. After self-inspection and consulting with contractors ...
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CAT5e in new home doesn’t work

We just moved into our new house and found out that there are cat5e ports all over the house. I plugged in our router to the port and my pc into another but it doesn’t work. I found them all in a room ...
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Find which ends of cat5e cables belong together

I recently moved into a new house and there are cat5e sockets in each room which go through the ceiling into a media room. In some places in the rooms there are cat5e cables which do not have a ...
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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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Power cables parallel to Cat6 UTP ethernet cables with 100mm gap [duplicate]

At home, the power cables in my hallway are running parallel (for about 4-5 metres) to the Cat6 UTP ethernet cables, with a gap of about 100mm. One of the ethernet cables will be PoE and the others ...
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