Forgive my ignorance but I am very new to home networking (just how ignorant I am sure will become evident
I am sure that some of the words I use are incorrect, but humor me.
I have just recently purchased a home that (according to the sales information) is: 'Pre-wired for telephone with Category 6 wiring in kitchen, family room, den and all bedrooms'
Now I know that Cat6 wiring has a total of 8 wires inside of it. Problem is that all of my jacks are wired with 4 pins only (telephone).
Am I right in assuming that because the house is wired with Cat6 wiring, that it is as simple as changing/rewiring the standard telephone jack to a RJ45 jack? I would think that there are several wires sitting idle behind the telephone jack that are not being used.
My understanding is that Cat6 wiring for phone is overkill, so logic would tell me that they wired the home with the forethought that the owner could upgrade the telephone jacks to RJ45 jacks in the future.
Assuming that I could change these jacks into RJ45 jacks, how would I handle the connection to the incoming coax cable connection.(I plan on using Comcast high speed internet)
All of the Cat 6 wiring runs into a box on the outside of the house/side of the garage that is labeled 'telephone'. All of the Cat6 wires originate at this point.
Would I need to install an ethernet switch at this point?
Do switches have an input for coax cable or would the coax cable need to go directly into a modem which would then feed the switch?
I will probably end up getting a professional to help me out but I just want to see if I have the understanding of the basis for a home networking system.
I appreciate any help!