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Questions tagged [ethernet]

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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How to connect router to patch panel in new home

I recently moved into a new home (new build). Comcast installed my internet, but was of no help getting my ethernet working. My builder told me the modem needs to be connected in here and then the ...
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Getting Ethernet Cable Through Exterior Wall

I am looking to run Ethernet cable outside my house. I have already found this question on running Ethernet cable outdoors, but it does not cover the best way to get the cable there. Ideally, I would ...
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Possible to attach an external electrical box to an old work box?

I have an old work box occupied by 6 ethernet keystones and the corresponding wall plate. I want to use a branching raceway to hide the ethernet patch cables coming out of the wall. But without other ...
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How close can CAT6 run to electrical?

I've run CAT6 throughout my house, mostly in the basement where the TV area and office are. I have a cable that goes upstairs to my bedroom along the chimney from the basement to feed a wireless ...
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Will a 3 inch (8cm) separation between CAT6 cable and 120V HV cable cause problems for 10-Gigabit Ethernet?

I recently had an electrician wire my house with CAT6 Ethernet cable and install a couple of outlets in my unfinished basement. I recently noticed that there is only a 3-4 inch (8-10cm) separation ...
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Proper craftsmanship to mount Wi-Fi AP and ethernet cable to ceiling?

I'd like to add a ceiling-mounted Wi-Fi Access Point to the upper floor of an already existing house (USA, wood studs, built 1998). I have access to the attic above and would run Category 6 ...
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Is it OK to pull Category (Cat5e, Cat6 a, Cat 6a) internet cable around a corner constructed of threaded rod/ All-Thread?

Is there a reason an electrical inspector or building inspector could fail an inspection? One of my co-workers thinks it's acceptable to use All-Thread holding up HVAC and electrical equipment in the ...
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Valid number of Cat 6 + Coax cables for pipe conduit?

Here's some old wiring done in my absence as my parents could only monitor so much. Hate the use of Skinnier version on Flexi Pipe that won't allow any movement or pull once initial install is done. ...
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Are there square/ rectangle/ U openable/ open panel conduits that have one side panel that can be opened & closed?

Are there square/ rectangle/ U openable/ open panel conduits that have one side panel that can be opened & closed? Will be doing a up / down cable/ pull for current/ future optic Fiber etc. so ...
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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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What kind of Ethernet cabling would I need for through the attic - And what cat?

I'm putting in an ethernet cable in my attic to reach from my modem in my library to my room, where I have my computer and an extra router (for better WiFi). Currently, I get internet in there from ...
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Telephone Termination Block upgrade

I recently moved into a house which has a screw type termination block: I am trying to get DSL service and self-install is not working so they are sending a technician out. I will get charged $100 ...
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Concerns wiring Ethernet in House [closed]

So im about to be wiring up cat6 around my house. Probably around 8 lines, and 3 drops total (leaving to floating for Cameras for outdoor). So I have 2 Spots Im debating on, both in my office. One ...
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Ethernet Gauge Too Small for Patch Panel

I have run into a small issue when upgrading my home network's central hub with a larger switch and a patch panel. While I was able to patch down most of the cables with no issues, one of the cables ...
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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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Connect to pre-wired Cat5e (no clear demarc point)

In three of ours rooms, we have Cat53 wired and I can see the lines all running to a central location from an access box. Outside, we have one line just hanging from the exterior wall. I can't find a ...
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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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How to reuse a keystone jack

My house has some Cat 5e keystone jacks that are wired for telephone. But the cables in the walls are Cat 5e. (They, the phone company, only wired 2 of the 4 pairs into the jack). I want to 'convert' ...
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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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Can I put an Ethernet port in my brick wall?

I want to set up a new network in my home and need one by where my computer is. The problem is I don't know if I can put the ethernet cable and port into the wall without problems. Thanks in advance
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Networking in an Old House

So I have an old house (circa 1790) that I'm trying to install data cable into. It has 2 floors for living, and attic and a basement. The issue that I'm running into is that there are only a few ...
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Best way to upgrade 2 Cat5 cables to CAT6 in a tight space? [closed]

I'm upgrading my home network from 100Mbit to Gigabit Ethernet. Goals: Speed up backups to my new Gigabit NAS device Use my full 200Mbit/sec ISP bandwidth Ensure that any new cabling I lay down now ...
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Fishing wire up attic 90 degrees into wall

I would like to run some Cat6 cable from a main floor room up through the attic and through a second floor wall. The difficulty is where the wire comes through the ceiling is about ten feet from the ...
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Can Cat 5 cable be run in metal conduit?

I want to run Cat 5 cable along the side of my home in 1/2 in. EMT Conduit. I was considering actually pulling to Cat 5 cable in that conduit. Will this cause any problems on a 100Mbps connection ...
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Use existing cat6 wiring in apartment for data

We just moved into an apartment that has cat6 wiring, with 2 available jacks in 3 separate locations. There is a service box where cable comes in (I have cable internet) and a board that distributes ...
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Wifi - Ceiling Box

I have a situation where I need to install a WAP to the ceiling. It is not really the attachment that is the problem, it is about finding a ceiling box that will allow me to have a power outlet and ...
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Network cables in attic. What riser?

Going to sound stupid, but i have to ask. I'm running CM ethernet cable in my attic. just two runs. I am looking for what an official 'riser' is? I've always just used eye hooks for this stuff but i ...
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Why doesn't my RJ45 connection work although each wire shows good connection?

I have surveillance cameras connected to a video recorder with Cat6 cable. I had too much cable on one of the cameras so I shortened the cable and put a new Cat6 RJ45 connector on it using 568B. Now ...
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Are Cat6a keystone jacks suitable for Cat7 Ethernet cabling?

We have already purchased 500ft Cat7 Ethernet cable. We wanted the high-quality cable running through our walls to be future-proof and to ensure we get Cat7 speeds (at least in the future). However, ...
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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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What's a clean and code-compliant way to terminate Cat6 cables at a wall, where a rack mount patch panel will be in front of it?

This is new construction for a home, and I'm installing about 65 Cat 6e home runs from various points in the house to a location on the wall where a freestanding floor rack will go at the time of ...
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Installing vertical EMT conduit crossing a horizontal eletrical run

The room i want to install some vertical EMT (for data cables) has a horizontal electrical wire (romex or something like it), about 8 or 10 inches from the floor, going across the entire wall as near ...
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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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Does low voltage cables cause interference against parallel cat5/6 ethernet cables

There is a similar question where someone is building a new house and is planning to hardwire network cables into each room. Can somebody run CAT5/6 cables parallel to low voltage (5v, 9v, 12v, 15v) ...
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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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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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Can fiber-optic data cable be run overhead to a garage?

I want to run internet from my main house to garage located few meters away. I plan to use fiber instead of cat5 to avoid reported problems of blowing out network switches. I could have made a trench ...
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Is it safe to replace ethernet wall plate with a camera?

I want to mount a camera horizontally with no wires showing. I thought it might be easiest if I just covered the ethernet wall plate with the power over ethernet camera. This would completely cover ...
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Do I need an enclosed wall box for a cat5e cable?

My home builder gave me cat5e outlets in the wall (near the ceiling, for cameras) with just a plain white wall plate. Behind the wall plate is an open back wall box (I think), the cat5e cable and a ...
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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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Home Network Interference on Cat6 Unshielded cable

Background: I live in a level two apartment and want to get WiFi in my individual lockup basement garage and install a security camera. I have pulled a Cat6 UTP cable to the garage via the services ...
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Can an induction range cause interference in nearby Cat6 cables?

I am buying a home that is under construction. The developer installed the vertical Cat6 Ethernet and RG6 coaxial cable runs from the basement to the attic in the wall immediately behind where the ...
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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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Installing ethernet jacks in garage just below ceiling level

I live in UK in a 2-storey semi-detached house built in 1946. We are in the process of building an extension to the side of it - with garage on the ground floor and a bedroom above the garage. The ...
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Should I have cat6 and wireless installed in my house to be built?

We are having a house built and one thing we can add (for $200) to our home network along with 4 hardwired cat6 ethernet connections ($800) is Enhanced Wireless/Switch - Includes network switch ...
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How do I feed an ethernet cable through a doorway without damaging the door or wall?

My wife and I recently moved into a new apartment. We've had it for just a few days. When our internet company came to hook up our landline, I had them hook it into one of our bedrooms and set up ...