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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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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 central node and one cable for each ...
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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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How do I properly run CAT6 less than standard 8" from power cables?

I am trying to run CAT6 to a doorbell which is near 14-2 Romex triple gang box. It's on the other side of the wall about 6" from the 3 gang box on the other side of where the blue tape is marked. ...
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Debugging Steps for Ethernet Over Coax Dropping Connection (Actiontec ECB6200)

I have an ethernet over coax backhaul between two ends of my home, using Actiontec ECB6200 devices https://www.actiontec.com/products/ecb6200/ There is a coax link light that has started to turn off ...
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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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Can I pull ethernet cable through 1/2" pex?

I have an exterior garage that I need an ethernet cable in for a desktop computer, but it's surrounded by a concrete slab and brick patio (seemingly making it impossible for me to run it underground). ...
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POE ip camera stopped working after more than a year

I have an exterior hikvision dome ip camera that stopped working in a 4 camera nvr setup. It worked fine for over a year. I've tried a bunch of things to narrow down the problem. I updated the ...
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What kind of conduit for cable riser raceway?

Some background: I asked a longer version of this question here. I recently bought a late 70s, two story home. I am working on (i.e. planning and budgeting) a project to wire the home for ethernet, ...
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Anchoring CAT6 cable and a cameras to hardie plank

I am going to drill through hardie plank to run CAT6 to a camera. The run outside the house will be about 10' to 12'. Total run is about 30'. I wanted to ask if I am going about this the correct way. ...
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How can I break cable loose from the junction box?

I was hoping to rerun the Ethernet (Cat 5e) cable from the main panel to one of the rooms. The plan is to attach the new cable to the old one in the room and then pull the old cable from the panel ...
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Fishing ethernet lines in attic for cameras

I am looking for advice on how to fish two ethernet cables through Hardie board into the attic. The space where I am trying to fish the cables is a vaulted ceiling. I have never fished cables so this ...
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Wire installation code - burying optical cables

It has been brought to my attention that a local construction company will be installing fiber and is offerring to install fiber straight to the home at no cost. Previous experience shows that these ...
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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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How do I update daisy-chained RJ11 to standard punch-down style keystone jack?

So I have a wallplate with just an RJ11 port on it. I have wired an ethernet connection and now want to swap the wall plate out for a 2 port keystone wall plate and leave the RJ11 connection ...
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Is cat7 cable appropriate for an office network?

I am looking to update my network, and would like to run 2 lengths of Cat 7 wire from my first floor office to where my patch panel is. (Planning to put a NAS down there, and run 10Gb to/from.) The ...
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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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use cat6 cables as power (not POE)

I have a single cat6 cable currently being used a POE for a doorbell that i do not want to use anymore and I want to change to run 2 hardwired doorbells. Can I use the cat6 wires as power cables if I ...
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Easiest way to identify which of many cut Ethernet cables is live?

I’ve got around 40 Ethernet cables bunched together. They’re sticking out of a wall in a basement room. Their ends are cut, so there are no connectors on them. All of them lead to endpoints elsewhere ...
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RJ45 Connection Test Fails for 4/6 Constantly

I am punching RJ45 keystones (configuration A) on each end of a Cat 5e cable. When I do a connection test, lights 4 and 6 doesn’t flash. I punched the keystones again, but no luck. Again lights 4 and ...
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Where should I look for missing ethernet terminals in my home?

I just moved into a house. I found the central access for ethernet and everything is labeled. In some rooms i can find the ethernet outlets however in a couple I cant find them at all. I thought the ...
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Does Cat6(A?) cabling require special considerations?

I'm doing a bit of renovation at my home and as part of that I'd like to better hide my internet cable. The current situation: The cable is an old one, installed in 2003 or something. It's a bog ...
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How can I understand phone lines are split or not?

I have an Open House telephone extension hub (ChannelPlus model H618). It has 7 Cat 5Es connected to it. 8th line is disconnected. In the house, I have 6 phone wall outlets. Still looking for the 7th ...
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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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My PoE adapter has a separate grounding wire - how do I wire it?

I am trying to add a power-over-ethernet adapter to my set-up. It has a small ground wire (yellow-green sleeve) with a small metal circle at its end going out of it which I assume I should connect ...
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How to connect the modem to wall jack through a BIX1A panel?

I'm using WIFI in my apartment now but planning to use wire to connect to my desktop with the wall jack. No telephone or TV cable used here. The modem is connected by fibre in a closet and there is a ...
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How do you ground cat6a patch panel in Britain?

I am venturing in to the world of shielded network cable and am installing some cat6a in to a cat6a patch panel which has an earth cable. How do I physically connect that earth cable to ground? Should ...
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Ethernet wall plate won't come off [duplicate]

My wall plate won't come off - I've removed the screw on it, I can force the bottom part away from the wall as shown in the picture, but it seems there is some attachment behind the the top part. Has ...
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Drilling holes for terminated Ethernet Cable

I have CCTV camera and camera which I’m trying to connect via Ethernet and get both power and data. I would need to drill a hole on the brick wall to pass the Ethernet cable from outside to inside. ...
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Use CAT5E for network instead of phone

I've got cat5e cables and jacks in walls. What should I do to use those for ethernet? Attached is a picture of my cables in my basement. (sorry, the wiring is messy - some company is not doing it ...
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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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Is this an Ethernet cable running to my alarm panel?

8 conductor cable, not plugged into anything nor terminated. Thank you! EDIT: Just to clarify, I'd like to use it as an Ethernet cable and it is not currently being used for anything, so I want to see ...
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Wiring Ethernet through Telephone Cable

I have been researching this for some time now and feel that I am almost ready to begin. I have run into a slight problem though that I can't seem to find any answers for. The telephone cables in my ...
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How to find an ethernet cable?

I have a length of two Ethernet cables running upwards from a socket. I vaguely know where they are (+-10cm), and I want to fix a Vesa mount to the wall near their route, so i need to trace exactly ...
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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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Connecting detached shop to home network via fiber

i'm looking to connect my detached shop to the network in the house. goal is to have a fast (1 Gb+) and reliable connection in the shop, that can be connected to in the shop by wifi and ethernet. ...
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Is converting a BSW to Ethernet jack ends possible?

I have a spare ex. 5 pair, gel and armored BSW between my home and my shop app. 120’ away. Range ext. don’t work. Can I convert BSW to Ethernet jack ?
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Running ethernet cable from living room (main floor) to second floor office

I've seen some similar posts but not necessarily addressing my particular situation. Our house has an unfinished basement , main floor, and second floor. We have our router set up next to our TV on ...
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Unknown Phone Cable to Internet

My home is old (like over 20 years), and we just renovate it last years. Later on, I started to use another part of my home, and that part wasn't touched for a long time (not during the renovation). I ...
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