HI Guys, I have a dilemma on my hands and I was wondering if you guys can provide me with some suggestions.
I ran a Cat 5e cable from my office (has my DSL modem, router, and file server) to my living room (tv, ps3, ps4). I got the installation done but found out that it doesn't work. I have the router on the office side and a switch on the living room, but neither of the two links (port status lights not lighting up).
Right now I'm using a TP-Link Power Line adapter which works well, so I know my switch and router are fine. But I figured I could get more performance out of my network by using a direct ethernet connection so I decided to retrofit the connection.
Any suggestions on what I should do next? I'd hate to pull the cables out and start over from scratch because of all the trouble I went through when installing this.
After work today I'm planning on grabbing another cat e5 wall port to see if one of the ones I'm using is bad. I also ordered a cat e5 cable tester from amazon to see if the cable is bad.
To bore you guys a bit more, here's some more details on my install. Both rooms are on the same floor but they have the kitchen in between. The office has an unfinished basement below, but the living room doesn't and the floor beneath the carpet is concrete. So I ran the cable from the office down to the basement and across the joists under the kitchen up until the concrete wall edge where the living room starts. I then ran it through the cold return duct which runs straight up to the living room. From there, I cut off a piece of the baseboard, removed it, and drilled a hole so I can run the wire from the duct to the room. I then ran it under the carpet to get to behind the TV. And Finally I cut off a piece of the baseboard again and drilled a hole to get the wire inside the wall behind the TV.
Since I cut up/damaged the baseboard, I had to nail them back and use a wood filler to fill in the saw gaps. I also hurt my back and my knee using the carpet kicker to put the carpet back. And finally I accidentally drilled a hole from the basement into a closet int he kitchen, my angle was off and I was an inch off of where I needed to drill. So yeah I was hoping I didn't go through all this trouble for nothing. And I'd hate to pull the cable out again because that means I'll have to take apart my baseboard again.
Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot and hopefully fix the issue would be appreciated.