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Connecting internet to a networked house

We are moving into a newish house(3 to 4 years old) and it looks like it has been networked (there are are cat 5(Ethernet) ports in every room) and in the cave where the cable comes in there is another cat 5 port labelled "IN".

I have a couple of questions, where the main cable feed comes in it appears to go into a splitter and two cables then head off to different parts of the house (or that is the implication from the writing on them) but I would have expected a third exit from the splitter to go into a cable modem, secondly my limited knowledge of Ethernet networking I would have expected a router rather than just a single Ethernet port labelled "IN".

I realise that this post would be better with some pictures to show what I talking about but unfortunately not possible at this time.

Anybody have any clue how I should be hooking things up?

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Old 14.09.2011, 16:13
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We are moving into a newish house(3 to 4 years old) and it looks like it has been networked (there are are cat 5(Ethernet) ports in every room) and in the cave where the cable comes in there is another cat 5 port labelled "IN".

I have a couple of questions, where the main cable feed comes in it appears to go into a splitter and two cables then head off to different parts of the house (or that is the implication from the writing on them) but I would have expected a third exit from the splitter to go into a cable modem, secondly my limited knowledge of Ethernet networking I would have expected a router rather than just a single Ethernet port labelled "IN".

I realise that this post would be better with some pictures to show what I talking about but unfortunately not possible at this time.

Anybody have any clue how I should be hooking things up?

cheers

Mark
the ports are probably just 'dumb wires' which lead to another port somewhere else. there's probably a room with lots of ports where your switch/router should go. just think of them as giant extension cables fitted into the house.
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Old 14.09.2011, 16:17
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

We moved into a house that also had ethernet wired throughout. I had so many problems getting it to work, running cables from ill-places plugs etc. that I simply bought a 59 Franc wireless router and presto, instant broadband access throughout the house (all 4 floors, including cellar) with no hassle, no cables, set it and forget it. You can easily enable security so that neighbors can't access it.
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

We plug a router into the point in the basement (and the phone line) and another wireless router upstairs and connect the two using the built-in network.

The range from a basement wireless router wasn't good enough.
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We moved into a house that also had ethernet wired throughout. I had so many problems getting it to work, running cables from ill-places plugs etc. that I simply bought a 59 Franc wireless router and presto, instant broadband access throughout the house (all 4 floors, including cellar) with no hassle, no cables, set it and forget it. You can easily enable security so that neighbors can't access it.
yeah. if you only need web-access/email etc. then wireless is the easiest way to go.
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

You can feed one of the LAN connections from any modem or router into the wall socket (or have it in the basement where the other end of the connections is).

Use a switch to connect all the circuits up - again this will be in your cellar or technical room.

Bingo......
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Anybody have any clue how I should be hooking things up?

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Got the exact same thing in the place I moved into - never did figure it out. Tried plugging into the wall from the router then other things in the other sockets, didn't work. Tried crossover cables, didn't work. Asked the Landlord about them he had no idea either.

Gave up and now have two ugly 15 metre cables from my office where the router is to the Swisscom TV boxes in the bedroom and living room.
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

thanks for the info will try it and see what happens, if all else fails then hopefully our neighbours have figured it out.
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

Does your set-up resemble this?

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And do you have plugs like this?

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I would really like to know how to get this working!
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

The house Markarina is talking about does not have a box like your first picture. It has plugs like your second picture...but with 4 sockets, not 2.

Maybe I'll go dig around some more in the basement!
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The house Markarina is talking about does not have a box like your first picture. It has plugs like your second picture...but with 4 sockets, not 2.

Maybe I'll go dig around some more in the basement!

And you know this because...

You should ask the house owner to provide you with the details as to who installed this network, it was in all likelihood a local electrician. Is the house fitted with ISDN as well?
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And you know this because...
Oohh, that's simple. I'm married to Markarina, and <shocking> we're living in the same house
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

Did you ever have any luck with this? Just tidying my office (good excuse to do no work) and I'd love to get rid of some of the long cables
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Old 21.09.2011, 21:35
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Re: Connecting internet to a networked house

Not yet as I haven't quite made it down there yet, and my wife is "camping" in the house. I get there Tuesday next week, but will be fairly busy for the next couple of weeks so it may be a little while before I investigate this further
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