Almost wired for ethernet...
July 3, 2012 3:43 PM Subscribe
Looks like we have a half-finished ethernet setup in our new place. How do I make this functional?
posted by backseatpilot to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We found this
in one of the bedroom closets. There are a bunch of cat5 jacks spread throughout the same room (maybe someone wanted a home office?) plus one in the living room. There are also a whole mess of wires in the basement, some unterminated, some attached to jacks dangling from the joists. I'd like to finish this and add a couple more ports in the living room to get everything wired up.
So, what do I need to finish this job? I know I need a large hub/switch, but anything else? Also, how do I figure out where all these wires go? Most of the ports are unlabeled, and the cables in the basement are a mess. Is there a way to figure out where the unterminated cables go? Anything else I should consider before buying anything?
One related point - I will still be adding wifi (presumably by plugging our existing wifi router into the large switch I'll be buying). How do I make sure that the devices on the wireless can still see the wired computers and vice versa? Is it enough to have everyone on the same workgroup?