We have a 3 story home wired with 4-pair phone cabling (looks exactly like http://i.imgur.com/bqdBnYH.jpg
), which is apparently also cat5?
For the time being, I only want to a connection between 2 of the jacks. I don't want a network for now -- just a single connection -- really, just an extension.
I found the central box where all the cables are connected with the outside line. The blue, white/blue, orange, and white/orange (for all the cables) were tied together. I connected the remaining green, white/green, brown, and white/brown wires together (http://i.imgur.com/xX4FHbP.jpg
-- let's just ignore how bad this looks for now, unless you think this is my problem?). I've also disconnected the 6th cable from the box outside, so there shouldn't be any interference (at least from that).
I've replaced 2 (of the 5) phone jacks with cat5 jacks (http://www.lowes.com/pd_248282-60784-F3450-WH-V5_0__?productId=1070763
) using T568B. The remaining 3 jacks are still phone jacks, but since nothing is connected to them, I assume it's safe to leave them.
I connected one jack to a LAN port on my router and the other jack is connected to my computer's LAN card. I only want to connect these two devices.
The computer takes a few seconds to recognize the connection, and then it only ever resolves to "Unrecognized network".
If I connect my computer directly using the same ports, I'm assigned an IP and can connect to the network/internet.
To try and diagnose this myself (since I'm missing better equipment) I took 2 longer cat5 cables and connected one end of each into said jacks (their combined length will reach each other). At the place where the two other ends touch, I cut the connectors off, stripped the wires down and tested that each colored wire (from the opposite cable) was indeed connected, and that there were no cross connections (e.g., white/blue was not connected blue). I did this using a LED light (something like http://i.imgur.com/WSkFNUH.jpg
) and a 9v battery. Be nice :P
I know this is super
) hacky, but I don't see why my computer cannot connect to my router through this setup.
All of this is well under a 100 meters, and there shouldn't be any interference that I can think of. The brightness from my LED tests were consistent.