Originally Posted by FLwired
My guess is it's pretty bare bones compared to other set ups, noting the lack of a network plate/patch panel.
Nope, yours is a very typical setup. Coax splitter and telephone (telco) distribution block. Very rare to see a network block / patch panel installed by the builder unless it was specifically ($$) added by request.
On my wiring block, what is the 'LINE IN' and where does it come from? I thought the Xfinity signal comes in via coax.
It's a telco block - that's the incoming telephone line from the street - aka a "land line". If you have phone service from Xfinity, the signal is coming from another room. For telephone, the block is just a wiring convenience - all wires are connected in parallel, it doesn't matter where the signal comes from. This is completely different than Ethernet networking.
So trying to apply what I've learned from this thread, if my den (for arguments sake) is number '3' on my wiring block, I need to cap that end, plug it into the input jack on a switch and then find the other three rooms I want to connect, pull their wires from the block, cap and plug into the output jacks on the switch?
No, you need to pull any of those rooms off the telco block and punch them down onto a network block/patch panel, then connect those jacks to an Ethernet switch.
It just feels like i'm adding something unnecessary with the switch. Wouldn't the wiring block act like a switch if I got my den line (#3) moved over to the "line in" block? I may be making an assumption about the wiring block that isn't true.
An Ethernet switch is a networking device that re-transmits bi-directional signals from all connected devices. The telco block is just a fancy wire nut. A network patch panel is just providing you with jacks instead of bare wires...
Now that I'm thinking a bit more, perhaps line-in is for a phone, but I don't use an in-house phone, so this may not be necessary for me?
Ding ding ding! (ya could have edited the post instead of making me type all that...
Your setup is just like every other one in this thread.