I'm about to close on a new house and apparently we are pre-wired for ethernet with "data" ports in each room. However, I don't know where I plug in a gigabit switch to give the whole network life? I see several ethernet wires going into a Legrand Telephone Module (TM1045), am I supposed to disconnect those and plug them all in to a separate switch? I also see some dangling ethernet wires off to the right, maybe it's one of those?
Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!
So am I reading this correctly in that this "hub" will not transmit data? Only phone? I have the same box in my basement and currently have the ethernet cord from the modem hooked in to the "service in" spot. All of the wires coming out are sent to ethernet jacks in all of the rooms in my house but none of them are live. I have connected an ethernet cord straight in to the box and then in to a laptop but I don't get a signal.
Any help is appreciated.
Correct. Phone jacks are added by simply splicing the wires together. Ethernet links are between exactly two devices - to "fan out" to multiple devices you must use an Ethernet switch to provide more connections.
That will do nothing, and if your phone line is still connected you could damage your devices.
Get an inexpensive switch, move the RJ45 plugs from the phone block to the switch ports, with one of them leading to your router, and you'll be good to go.
And yes, they forgot to add a power outlet which they subsequently added.
In order to get all three cat5 rooms live, I would have to place the router in the basement then plug those three cables into the router. In this scenario, the wi-fi is not as strong since the router is in the basement. Am I understanding correctly that I can get a switch and hook it up to the modem in the basement and connect the three outgoing cat5s to the switch. Then on the other end all the three cat5s will be live and I can connect one of them to the router?
If you have a room where you can place the modem and the router, you can use the router's LAN ports to connect to stuff in that room, and then connect the room's cat5e run (back to the wiring enclosure) to a switch placed in the enclosure. Then connect any other room to the switch.
So the chain goes: (coax from enclosure)->room with modem->modem->(Ethernet)->router WAN port->(router LAN ports)->(cat5 to enclosure)->switch->Ethernet to other rooms
Wish I had put a coax in the study But I have a coax in the family room so that might work.
On a side note, the installer told me that FIOS now needs a coax AND Ethernet feeder line for speeds over 75mbps. Have you heard anything about this?
For testing purposes, I moved the router to the basement to test and see if wifi signal would still be good on the second floor and the signal was great! Got all three Ethernet ports live and good wifi throughout.
Last edited by shobuddy; 05-09-2016 at 08:03 PM.
For future reference, you can always add "wireless access points" at a wired Ethernet location to provide additional WiFi coverage. These devices can be very inexpensive, as many cheap routers can be placed in an "access point" mode...