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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ethernet Cables and Coax Cables running outside house? How to Modify to Home Distribution Panel

I want to build a Home Media Network for my new house that will have mass storage (probably about 16TB for movies and all that), that I can hardwire throughout the house using Ethernet ports, and then ...
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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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Can PoE cause interference with neighboring non-PoE Ethernet cables?

I plan on upgrading my home Wireless Access Point in the near future and rather than running an extension cord to the location I was thinking about getting a WAP that supports Power Over Ethernet. My ...
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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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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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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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Use 10 inch network patch panel with 19 inch switch

I have 10 network outlets throughout the house that terminate in the basement. I got a 16-port switch for them to plug into, going via a 12-port patch panel. I can't figure out how I'm supposed to ...
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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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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 ...
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Why am I getting noise with my network cable connectors?

The modular plugs or what I like to call "end-caps" for Cat6 cable, I have the kind where you can push the cable all the way through then cut so you know you have proper cable alignment. I thought ...
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Is my plan for wiring ethernet reasonable?

I would first of all like to start off by saying that I am a software developer by profession, so my networking knowledge is relatively basic. My question is therefore aimed at figuring out if I am ...
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Should I pull ethernet cable to my thermostat?

I'm going to be installing an ecobee3 smart thermostat, and need to pull some additional #18 thermostat wire. Since I'm going to be pulling cable anyway, and I have a box of cat 5e ethernet cable, ...
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Cosmetic plug for 3/4" hole in drywall?

I want to move my router from my office to the hall, directly through the drywall on both sides, and then run the router power cable (low-voltage because it is post-transformer) and two Cat6 cables (...
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How can I use the existing structured wiring panel to get internet throughout my house?

My apartment is currently wired with five Cat5e cables that all meet in a closet, where there is also an outlet and the cable entry. The ethernet is currently wired into the board in the picture below....
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300 ft Ethernet run parallel to 120v circuit

There is a boardwalk through a wooded marsh approximately 250ft long with no line of sight between the ends. Along one side of that boardwalk is an electrical circuit. I need to establish an Ethernet ...
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How to locate a cut low-voltage ethernet wire behind drywall?

My house's builders seem to have cut one of the Cat-6 internet cables somewhere along it's run from the basement to the data hub where all of the other cables converge. It might even be between the ...
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Are there any disadvantages to switching from a punch-down distribution box to an RJ-45 one?

My house is wired for Ethernet, and it uses RJ45 jacks wired with Cat5 cables for POTS. I have no use for POTS, and I'd prefer to repurpose those jacks as additional Ethernet jacks. The Ethernet and ...
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Help running ethernet between floors, with double joists in the way

I will like to redo the existing Ethernet (and maybe COAX) wiring in my home. I have looked for the most ideal path from the basement through the floors into the attic and then drop into the second ...
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Where does the electricity induced in the shield flow from a CAT6a S/FTP cable?

I was wondering, when an S/FTP cable has some outer noise and there is electricity induced in its shielding, where does it go? I have a keystone wall outlet which is metal (with plastic cover), and ...
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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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Is it necessary to ground a metal Knock Out Box used solely for POE Ethernet wire?

I'm running electrical conduit to metal knock out boxes throughout a new construction residential home. The knock out boxes are soley used for POE ethernet. Do the metal knock out boxes need grounded ...
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Home network wiring network closet

In my condo, there is a network closet that contains this item: There are 3 RJ45 jacks around my condo and I assume it's each connected to one of the 3 blue Cat5e cables that are connected to this ...
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How do I activate my Cat5e+ connections int my apartment?

I'm living in a recently built apartment (2012 or so) and have dual ethernet (Cat5e+) and coax connections at 5 different locations across the floor plan. Connecting my modem to any of these 5 coax ...
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How do I connect router-modem to existing central panel?

I suddenly realized my house was prewired with Cat5e and found the panel. I'm confused on how to hook up the modem. The modem receives a connection over an RG6 coax cable. The panel looks like this: ...
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House wired with Cat5e, but no central access?

In every room of my home, there is an outlet with three connections: coax, Cat5e RJ45, and an RJ11 for phones. I unscrewed the outlet and noticed that all of the wires seem to be heading up towards ...
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How to test existing ethernet cable outlets?

I moved into this 15 year old house about a year ago and there's a RJ45 wall jack in my office (2nd floor) and there's another one in the living room near TV. I'd assume there's planned in for TV to ...
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Do I need building control approval to install an external security camera powered by power over ethernet?

In the UK, I understand that to wire in a new external plug socket or light using mains voltage, I either need to get a qualified electrician to do it or have the work inspected by building control. ...
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What is the proper hole size to drill through joists for wiring? [duplicate]

I am running CAT6a wire around my house and I was wondering what the maximum hole size I can drill to run cable across the joists in my basement to various rooms. I should measure but the joists are 2 ...
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How can I identify which neighboring houses are fed from the same distribution transformer?

I (and some neighbors) want to use Ethernet-over-powerline extenders to join computer networks in adjacent houses. This is never a 'supported' use case with this gear, and I doubt the power company ...