Originally Posted by sarahd
I have a similar problem. The house has 6 cat5e lines that go everywhere except behind the TV where one is needed. There is a phone line by the TV. The phone lines are hooked into a box:
The wires have the following markings:
CAT5 to TIA/EIA 568-A High Data Rate 100 MHz 24 AWG.
Is it practical to use the Monoprice connectors referred to above to connect these wires to allow for an Ethernet connection so I can add a switch to the outlet by the TV to allow my devices to connect with the internet?
All of my cables that I currently use to connect my devices are Cat 5e. If I use this phone cable for ethernet to the location by the TV can I still use the 5e cables to connect my devices? Would it be better just to run a new cat 5e cable to the location by the TV?
Try to separate the cable from the use of the cable.
Those aren't 'phone' cables.
Those are cat5e cables which are being used for phone lines.
The box they are currently connected to is a phone distribution hub, which can't be used at all for Ethernet. So, if you do want to use those cables then remember...
1. You must pull any cables used for Ethernet off the telephone hub. Telephone communications != Ethernet communications.
2. You can use the Monoprice connections, or any RJ45 connections to couple one wire to another wire to extend it.
3. If you have multiple cat5e cables you terminate that you want to use for networking in your home, then put a network switch in your telephone closet to allow for this.
There is no advantage to adding a new cat5e cable by your TV if you already have a cat5e cable there. If you want to, and it is convenient enough, then by all means. But, if not, then use what is there. Either way is fine.