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Running fiber line

I’m getting ready to finish my basement (well, hire a contractor to do it). Fiber internet is supposed to be available in my neighborhood soon. I don’t have any fiber in the house though. I figure it ...
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Running wires down an internal wall of house

I am trying to run a new network cable down a wall where a TV aerial already is. I thought it would be easy: disconnect the aerial wire from the face plate, attach some string, pull it up through the ...
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How to prepare for future Cat6 installation in new home construction

I am working with a builder to build a two-story house with unfinished basement. The house was already deep into construction when we signed the contract (framing complete, HVAC complete, ready for ...
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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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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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Help identify network cables & connectors in home network? [duplicate]

I moved into a new house that appears to have network cables run from a closet to all the bedrooms. (Bedrooms all have wall plates with RJ-45 ports.) However, I need help understanding/identifying ...
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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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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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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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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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Replace coaxial cords with ethernet

I recently just bought a home that had coaxial cords wired throughout the house. I would like to use Ethernet instead but I don't want to have to rip the walls out. I have a feeling that there is a ...
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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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Small diameter multimedia cable?

I would like to install multimedia outlets (RJ45) in my house. The installation tubing is diam. 20mm (inside is 13.9mm). In the worse case, I have a diam. 6.5mm cable inside. So I would be able to add ...
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Using Patch Panel for CAT6a wiring from attic to closet

We have run CAT6a cable throughout our house and will be placing the network switches in a closet. The wiring will enter the closet from a wall backing to the attic space (we aren't coming down from ...
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Can anyone suggest how to connect a CAT6 cable to the incoming 5 pair telephone cable?

The below image displays the incoming cable from the telephone provider. As far as I have searched it's a 5-pair telephone cable. I was suggested by the telephone company to replace the current ...
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Can you run a MOCA adapter / router on the same coax line?

I have my ISP gateway at the bottom of my home, service is delivered through coax. I have a coax wall jack upstairs as well. I would like to install a MOCA adapter downstairs and one upstairs so I can ...
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Why CAT 5 cable is run through electrical box with blank faceplate

The two cables seen here have very little slack. The house was built in 1998 in Texas in case it offers any clues. Any idea why this is here?
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Confused about Ethernet wiring in new home

I’m moving into a new house that looks to have Ethernet wired through it though it looks like it was being used for telephone? I’m wondering if it will be usable for Internet and if so what changes I ...
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Fiber vs STP vs UTP for underground conduit run to backyard office?

We're building a standalone structure in the backyard that will be used for a backyard office. There's already a trench with a conduit for electrical and a 3/4" conduit for some sort of ...
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Any reason not to put a structured wiring enclosure directly next to the house main breaker box?

I'm adding CAT6 networking to my house for higher speeds plus some POE cameras. I want to put the cable modem, switch and camera DVR in a metal structured wiring enclosure. The best place is the the ...
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Cabling ~150m of ethernet/coax/fiber

Want to connect 3 points with Ethernet at moderate bandwidth (100 Mbs - 200 Mbs is fine) where one total cable length is ~150m and the second leg is ~50m. At each node I plan to have mesh Wifi ...
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Cleaning up home network wiring closet [closed]

What. Do. I. Do. With. This. All of my network, cable, and phone wires run to this white box. I don't know what this box is called. There's a couple of power outlets at the bottom, within the box. ...
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