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How to straighten new coiled Ethernet cord?

You're uncoiling the cord wrong, and twisting it as a result. Treat it as a spool. Roll the coil to pull wire off it, don't just pull it off the side. Either roll the coil between the two points, or ...
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How do I feed an ethernet cable through a doorway without damaging the door or wall?

You can buy flat Ethernet cables. I'm betting you could get one under the door and still allow it to be closed. Another option is a powerline Ethernet adapter. This is a set of modules that plug into ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

The problem with almost any adhesive is that the longer it stays on, the more likely it is to either fall off when you don't want it to fall off, or stay on when you don't want it to (typically this ...
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How do I use existing cat5e wiring to distribute internet in my house?

Ho Le Crap! most of the pics you are showing involved phone service, not in house Ethernet / LAN. Your 6 pin connectors are for RJ16 jacks/plugs (3 line phone service). RJ45 requires 8 conductors and ...
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Wiring Ethernet through Telephone Cable

Nope! Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) jacks were usually daisy chained as you describe. Ethernet requires a "home run" from each jack to a modem, router or switch. Also, it's probably cat-...
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Ethernet connection between rooms doesn't work: LEDs 2, 3 and 4 don't blink on cable tester

Don't crimp male connectors (plugs) onto the end of permanently installed ethernet cables. Ever. It is easier and much more reliable to punch down cables onto jacks, either individual jacks or a patch ...
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Can I run 300 ft of cat6 cable, with male connectors on each end, under house to other side?

There are two issues, one trivially easy, one a big "maybe": Don't Use a Patch Cable Don't use a patch cable. Period. The reason is that patch cable ends break. Oh, I'll just crimp on ...
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Confused about Ethernet wiring in new home

Read the jacket - I think I can see, but not make out, faint red printing on at least two of the gray cables in your picture. But there's no guarantee that all the gray cables are the same, if this ...
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Should I dig a separate trench for CAT5e wire to shed?

Same trench is fine. Use conduit, you may want to upgrade it later without re-trenching. Keep some space between the conduits, vertically, horizontally, or both. Interference between 60 Hz power and ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Another option no one has mentioned is to use cable raceway The raceway itself will come with adhesive, or sometimes be nailed into the wall. It's more expensive, but the end result will look much ...
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Can an ethernet cable look OK to a cheap cable tester but still have a problem?

Yes, absolutely. However, if it was working (at high speed) previously, then stopped, that is a little strange, but not unheard of either. If the cable is old and has been run over by office chairs or ...
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CAT5e in new home doesn’t work

They are wired correctly for telephone (POTS, Plain Old Telephone Service, single pair) per your description. To use them for ethernet would require re-terminating, and depending how they are run, ...
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House already wired for ethernet; how to engage?

Ah, look, my day job... Step one - if the roof antenna is gone, and you are not otherwise using the existing cables, remove the power injector. It's just wasting power and doing nothing useful, and ...
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Is cat7 cable appropriate for an office network?

If you run cat7 into a cat5e patch panel, you will get cat5e performance, not the 10gb/s you are looking for. To get cat7 performance from your cat7 cable, you would need a cat7 patch panel, cat7 ...
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Find which ends of cat5e cables belong together

Yes there are specialized tools for that. Search for "tone generator and probe" or "wire tracer" or similar phrases. (image credit: grainger.com, fiberoptics4sale.com) However, ...
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Ethernet + wifi to make one network

Don't use "extenders". Buy a WiFi mesh system such as Eero. If the cables in your house are at least Cat5, connect the mesh nodes to one another with the cables for even better performance....
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How can I use existing satellite coaxial cable to carry my internet connection?

To answer your question, what you are looking for is a MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) adapter. It will allow you to media convert from ethernet to coax. IMHO, I would run new ethernet cable as ...
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Repurpose telephone line to ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet If you need Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T), you're out of luck and will have to run new wires with CAT 5e or better cabling. It's likely not that difficult depending on your house. It ...
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Can I run 300 ft of cat6 cable, with male connectors on each end, under house to other side?

I'd suggest that a single cable to bring signal from the entry point to the required distribution point is far "prettier" than a bodge of 27 WiFi access points & signal boosters! Have ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Two options that come to mind: manassehkatz's answer to use cable clips is a great one if you'd like a lasting solution to using a long ethernet cable. I'd like to offer an alternative to having a ...
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Best way to stick a very long Ethernet cable semi-permanently to walls?

Hmm, when I see your first try then maybe my improvisation-style is sufficient for your needs. If appearence is not critical and money-is-out, instead of using tapes I use my stapler and cut ...
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I just moved to a new place and was wondering if this meant it had Ethernet jacks?

No, but what you have might be usable. The jacks, at least the ones where you show the back with the screw terminals, but probably the other ones as well, are standard 4-wire phone jacks, which can ...
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Should I dig a separate trench for CAT5e wire to shed?

Definitely go conduit here I would lay two conduits (one for mains, one for data/telecom) if I were in your shoes; this way, you don't have to dig anything up later to upgrade it. 1" is adequate ...
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How do I use existing cat5e wiring to distribute internet in my house?

Answering your questions in order to the best of my ability: Your cabling is currently connected to a telephone style punch-down block. For standard computer networking, I would purchase a RJ45 patch ...
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Wiring Ethernet through Telephone Cable

There is a separate issue of the type of cable. Telephone can run on CAT 3 (10 Meg. ethernet), CAT 5 (100 Meg. ethernet), CAT 5e (1 Gig. ethernet) but also on much older types of cables that are not ...
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Ethernet wall plate won't come off

The plastic rectangle at the top is on top of the 2nd screw. Stick a paper clip or a very small screwdriver on the side to push under and bend it slightly and it will pop out. Unscrew. Done.
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What are these outlets, and can they be used to connect Ethernet-like cable?

These are phone wires. I would not bother trying to use them for ethernet. Even if the wires themselves are suitable for it, there are so many phone-wire installation practices that are ...
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

Absolutely not. Low voltage (LV) and mains cannot share a conduit. Further, you cannot attach anything else to the outside of the electrical conduit. So forget about ty-wrapping the LV cable to the ...
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What is a proper way to support/suspend cat6 cable in a drop ceiling?

If you read up on the standards for datacom cabling, you might end up with your head spinning. Those standards are very demanding and detailed. They do make sense for big installations in commercial ...
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Ethernet bus topology for home automation?

10Base-5 (thicknet) and 10Base-2 (thinnet) physical layers are bus topology, if you want ethernet on a bus topology. At 10 Mbit and 100 Mbit top speeds, of course. Might be a bit hard to find hardware ...
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