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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why am I getting noise with my network cable connectors?

Pin 6 is not crimped. Your crimp die is defective or you need to try again. All the pins should be at the same level. But really, punch-down into jacks and buy patch cables as already suggested. ...
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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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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

Cross-phase communication for power line carrier products can be a challenging problem. (see a white paper from Intellon, a manufacturer of PLC devices, there.) You may be able to improve the coupling ...
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Connect Network Expansion Board/Patch Panel to Router

I haven't reviewed all your options yet, but the "expansion board" is a non-starter. It's a TELEPHONE expansion board and will NOT work as you expect. You can't just connect computers in ...
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Confused about Ethernet wiring in new home

The grey stuff is often non-twisted pair, or unshielded twisted pair. As others have said, read the label. The blue stuff could be cat 3 or cat 5, but unless you have access to both ends, it's a crap ...
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Installed Electric Tankless Water Heater - Internet loss when active

First, make sure that your three supply cables are paired properly. The unit has 3 heaters internally. There are several ways cables could be crossed that would result in power from 1 heater coming ...
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Can I use the CAT3 cable in my home for internet?

Ethernet splitters are powered. Ethernet uses powered splitters called "Hubs", at their most basic. But they are largely deprecated for Switches, which wire up like hubs, but give each port ...
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Confused about Ethernet wiring in new home

The wiring workmanship shown here, no matter what the cable type is, cannot be relied on to yield satisfactory ethernet operation. The way twisted pairs are untwisted for several inches, with the ...
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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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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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How can I make my home internet router work with a battery?

Get a UPS No, not that UPS. An uninterruptible power supply, also known as a battery backup. This is a box that takes normal AC (e.g., 110-120V in the US) and uses it to charge a battery and power ...
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Can I use coax outlets for cable modem?

There's probably a gob of cable terminations in your basement or utility room. You'll need to find the two cables that go to the rooms involved (or simply place your modem there). With any luck they'...
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How do I use existing cat5e wiring to distribute internet in my house?

Even though the cable is good enough for Ethernet transport, you need to change the topology. Basically, your PC, routers, etc... all expect to be connected point to point. PC at one end, router at ...
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Does anyone know if this is a Ethernet jack or a phone line?

I'd say it's a six-conductor eight-pin RJ-type connector, which means it is not Ethernet. It's likely a (multi-line?) phone connection.
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Installing Router inside Electrical Closet and Hacking the Telephone Socket

For connecting the router to your phone line, you need to find the 'ISRA punt' (this is specific to the Netherlands). This is where the phone company line from outside connects to the phone wiring in ...
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Suggestion to "Networkify" a dumb USB Security Camera

Sell it (or leave it as a decoy/deterrent somewhere else you need that) and get a deer camera. Deer cameras are designed for sticking out in the woods to surveil potential deer activity along ...
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Suggestion to "Networkify" a dumb USB Security Camera

As I understand there is an USB option on the camera. The easiest solution I can think of is connecting it on a raspberry pi which you can connect to you wireless network and retrieve the data daily. ...
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