Originally Posted by amr090
Sounds like you're saying the best approach is to bring my fios modem/router down there and connect to the data line coming into the house and then room lines into the router. And then use some type of signal booster to increase signal strength through out the house.
Yes, this is how it works, and your setup is no different than anyone else's: Modem -> Router -> (Ethernet switch if more ports needed) -> Ethernet jacks in every room...
Take a look at the picture I attached. In the background is the 4x8 telecom module they used. The colored wires (blue, green, yellow, etc) connecting to the module are the other end of wires which go back up to ethernet jacks in my house (1 for each room in the house)
You can see there is also a cat5 data in jack on the left of the module which ideally I should be able to plug the incoming FIOS data line into and distributes it to the wires on the right of the module.
No, you can't. It's a Telco module to connect telephones, not an Ethernet networking switch. The RJ45 jacks are their for wiring convenience, but the Telco module is really just a fancy wire nut, and that's not how Ethernet works.
In the foreground, there is a cat5e inline coupler the fios guy put to just make one of my jacks work. The white wire going into the coupler is the main fios data line coming into the house from outside. The blue line on the other side is another end wire for the jack in my family room upstairs he pulled out from the telecom module just to make it active and connected to the data line via the coupler.
Yes, that will allow ONE Ethernet device to work, because your ISP (Verizon FIOS) modem provides you a single IP address for one device. But assuming you want more than one device, you have to provide a router (which is shorthand - these devices are really "residential gateways") to enable multiple devices to share your one Internet-facing IP address and connection. Once that function is provided, you're free to attach as many devices on your Local Area Network (LAN) in your house - and you use simple Ethernet switches to make more ports available to plug stuff in...
Ideally I need something like the 4x8 module so I can connect the incoming data line into it and it has all the other wires that are going out to the various rooms in my house. This way I can keep my fios router upstairs and not have to bring to the utility closet. Want to know what that would be. Make sense?
Same answer as all the posts above. You need a router if you want multiple devices. If you want to pay double/triple for one in the form factor of that Telco module, with very little functionality, they are available. But that's not what anyone here would suggest. Put your router in that wiring enclosure, completely bypass the Telco module, add WiFi access points in other areas of the house as needed.
If after reading this your guidance in the last post stands, then I will try that, but was hoping I wouldnt need to bring my router down. Thanks again!
Please read the posts again. If your FIOS modem is in the garage, and so the connection coming to your wiring enclosure is already "Ethernet", you can place your router there.