Originally Posted by mi6_
The installer wired the Shaw home phone modem to work through the home's phone jacks, but suggested leaving the modem upstairs for better wifi reception. I'd rather have the modem in the basement so that I can have Ethernet Internet access in most rooms of the house. Where do I need to plug in the modem to have Ethernet running to all the connected outlets in my house? Do I need any other hardware as we'll?
Hmmm.... It looks like you can leave the modem upstairs, and use that patch panel to give the other rooms wired Ethernet. I *THINK* that panel is telling us they've wired two pairs together to allow for phone jacks, and the left the other two pairs for "data". If that's all wired the way I think it is, you can add a cheap 10/100 Ethernet switch here, and then connect the room where you modem is, and any other room you want Ethernet. The panel suggests that two pairs are wired together (for phone), so don't try to use a Gigabit Ethernet switch here, as it will try to use all four pairs and would likely make the whole thing not work... But 100Mb Ethernet only uses 2 pairs, so if they've wired it the way I think they did, you should be ok...
If it doesn't work that simply, you'll probably have to start pulling wires off of that patch panel and add or replace it with a simple RJ45 patch panel. The good news is you've got a nice little enclosure there to put it all in!