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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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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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Running fiber line

Some days I'm surprised to wake up and realize that I have lived in the same house for more than 30 years. (Other days, I'm just surprised to wake up.) Regardless, the very first time I thought about ...
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Does a run of 1000 feet of CAT6 line need to be in conduit?

To directly answer your question, there is direct bury ethernet cable. You would probably want to go at least 18" deep with it. But there is still a chance it will break, and then you'll be ...
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Can I use the CAT3 cable in my home for internet?

A Definite Maybe... Harper's answer gives a good overview of the general setup of a wired home network. There are two separate issues in your particular case that complicate things: CAT 3 CAT 3 is ...
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Am I OK cutting an unused cable TV incoming service cable attached to my house?

The "Time Warner Cable" interface box positively identifies this as a cable-TV coaxial cable. Try calling your area's current Cable TV provider (which may, or may not, be Time-Warner, as ...
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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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Running fiber line

Typically the company (cable or telecom) will run the fiber to one location and provide an Ethernet connection at that location. Sometimes a little more complex - e.g., Verizon will typically install ...
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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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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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Does a run of 1000 feet of CAT6 line need to be in conduit?

Should a cable that long be in conduit? Yes, that's a good idea, primarily because it'll be easier to repair or replace if/when something goes wrong. CAT6 cable is probably not the best solution to ...
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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

I did the unthinkable, and started to read the manual for the product you linked, and in the troubleshooting section there is a theme: Try another wall socket and make sure all powerline devices are ...
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How can I plan for fiberoptic cable installation during a remodel?

Run conduit, with nice long sweeps for bends. Depending on your actual fiber provider, some modern fiber intended to connect the end of the line in your house can take much sharper bends than older ...
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Easiest way to connect fiber optic cable to my detached shop

No, the ISP will not run a second fiber line and modem for you, for free. It will cost about as much as it did the first time around. The protocol on ISP fiber is usually different than on Ethernet ...
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Can I use the CAT3 cable in my home for internet?

I'm surprised no-one mentioned MoCA (http://www.mocalliance.org/) Depending upon the need for his coax cabling, he might be able to re-purpose it for network usage. Also, Not nearly all routers ...
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Does a run of 1000 feet of CAT6 line need to be in conduit?

Let's assume your local fibre optic company is indeed providing a fiber optic connection. There's two ways that could work: Their normal model is "FTTC" - "Fiber to the cabinet". ...
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How can I make use of Cat 5e cabling in my home?

If you want to also use the wiring for telephones then it gets a bit more complicated. That's because in ye olden times only two pairs were used for Ethernet so it was trivially easy to use one or two ...
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Can I use coax outlets for cable modem?

Here's the caveat with old coaxial cable. If this is an older house, it might have cable already, but it's probably RG-59. This is from back in the days of analog signals, well before we were sending ...
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Am I OK cutting an unused cable TV incoming service cable attached to my house?

I would remove it from the house. Open the box and disconnect any wires going into you house, then remove the box from your wall. Unhook the wires from the house and coil up the wires and box and ...
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Running fiber and rj45 through wall plate

My recommendation - get the fiber to basement and terminate it there. Make a cabinet, put a router. This gives you the flexibility of running rest of the way in copper (Cat5/6) into any place and any ...
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Can I use coaxial cable for a 600' network extension?

You can, but it's a VERY poor solution. You've crossed into my professional sphere of operations. Also, if using coax, get extenders that are intended to work over coax - twisted pair and coax are ...
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Is my plan for wiring ethernet reasonable?

(Lots of) Home runs are good You are correct that you want to run a cable to each room from the central switch. In fact, I would run at least 1 more cable than you think you will need to each room, ...
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How can I use existing satellite coaxial cable to carry my internet connection?

Wifi gets me to 800Mbps. Excellent, this isn't good enough?? You could try getting a better WiFi router. FWIW, I have gigabit fiber Internet and I cannot achieve the full 1000 when hardlined. I think ...
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Easiest way to connect fiber optic cable to my detached shop

If your goal is simply to have strong, reliable internet in the shop and based that you are willing to run wire, why not keep it simple and install a wired access point in the shop running Cat 6 from ...
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How can I make use of Cat 5e cabling in my home?

You appear to have 3 or 4 Cat5e cables. If you have 3 or 4 phone jacks, you might be in luck, and all you need to do is terminate the cables onto Cat5e (or Cat6, if there's no upcharge on the jack ...
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Confused about Ethernet wiring in new home

This was clearly being used as telephone wiring. Even if some of the cables are ethernet cables they have been cut and spliced for phone use and there may be splices hidden in the walls similar to ...
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What are these outlets, and can they be used to connect Ethernet-like cable?

Typical phone jacks and Ethernet jacks look the same from a distance. They are slightly different sizes and the key is the number of pins. 2 - single phone line and some digital (but not VOIP) phone ...
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Splitting ethernet port

Skip the "inside the wall" part and you're in the realm of sure, that's available. (note that some products may be called or named "in-wall" while actually mounting on a junction ...
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How can I use the existing structured wiring panel to get internet throughout my house?

It looks like this was originally intended for telephone service distribution. There's a few ways to go about it depending on how neat and tidy you want the job to look. You can pull those blue ...
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Is my plan for wiring ethernet reasonable?

My electrician who is wiring the place suggested that I use one ethernet cable and loop it for all devices, This will not work. Don't do this. Your thought of running a dedicated cable to each ...
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