Originally Posted by luckyheel
I'm sorry if I sound stupid, but I'm still not clear on why I need the RJ45 jacks within the OnQ panel in my closet.
All of my individual ethernet jacks within the entire house are routed into this OnQ panel...the ends are stripped and they are wired into the panel just as the original picture shows. All I am trying to do is have the internet from my router plug into the existing ethernet port in my office wall and then have the ability to receive that signal downstairs. I'm not clear why this isn't happening already when all of the existing wiring within my house finalizes at my OnQ panel.
I know you are trying to help...I'm just confused as to what the Network Module does other than give me more RJ45 jacks in my closet, which I don't need. I don't want to plug anything into the closet, I want to use my existing RJ45 jacks within the house.
If the Network Module is needed, how does that route all of my existing cables together?
In order for you to network computers, network capable tv's, Audio/Video Receivers, place an access point(s) in the home, you need to install either the module that the OP is stating that you need, or install the wires into keystones, into a plate so that they act as a Patch Panel, so you can use a switch to have all the connections route through out the structure, with the router, telling how the traffic will flow.
Without the Patch Panel, or OnQ Network board, all you have is a bunch of wires inside a panel going nowhere doing anything. You also do not want to strip the wires, because this is not telephone wiring, which even with telephone wiring, you do not strip the wires.
For some good info on networking, suggest you look at the following links: http://www.ezlan.net http://www.home-network-help.com/
What you basically have now is a basic home network. That is a modem from the Internet provider and a router with Wireless capabilities, that also has a built in four port switch, or what is considered an all-in-one device. It is really up to you how large or how small you want your network, but first you need the modem, the router and a switch located where all the cat-5e/Cat-6 wires from all the wall plates in your residence go to.
If you do not want to add in the OnQ Patch Panel, and just want to start twisting wires together, I will tell you that it is not going to do anything, and all you will have is a bunch of wires twisted together, that will not work as a network is supposed to work. If you want help, it means putting together your network properly, with the proper equipment, and that will mean moving the ISP provided modem, the router where it belongs, and then adding in maybe a switch that will allow you more ports, if you have more than four pieces of gear, but also you will need a couple of Access Points.
I use the Netgear WN802T-200 a/p and the Trendnet TEW-690ap in my house. For switches, I have a Netgear GS108, a Trendnet TEG-S50g (Version v3.0R), and a Trendnet TPE-TG44g (Version v2.0R) (I have a couple of items that use POE, and also for future expansion if I decide to add in another Access Point or two that are Power Over Ethernet). One switch is upstairs in my A/V cabinet, that also has our Blu-Ray player and the Trendnet a/p on it.
It is really up to you what you want to do with your setup. But not listening to those that are stating what you need to do, to do it correctly, such as jautor has stated, it is not going to get you any further than you have at this point.
So to get to the beginning, in order for the switch to route where information is coming and going to and from, the router that you have, is what will be doing that.