Tips or tricks for replacing ethernet cables in walls?
August 24, 2014 4:00 PM Subscribe
I have a bunch of ethernet cables running through my walls. I imagine they're at best Cat 5. I'd like to replace them. I have a half-assed plan for doing so. Will my half-assed plan be at all likely to succeed? Any way to increase my chances?
posted by Flunkie to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have four cables all starting from a room on the first floor of my home (which I'll call "the central room"), and running through the walls to four other rooms - one to a nearby room on the first floor, and the others to various rooms on the second floor (including some that are pretty far away even in an overhead view sense). I have no idea where the cables run internally, or if perhaps there are internal junctions along the route that they plug into, or even perhaps if they're stapled to studs or something.
My half-assed plan is to assume that they're not stapled or plugged into junctions or whatever, and:
(1) Remove the wall cover that they all plug into in the central room.
(2) Unplug them from the... ethernet equivalent to an outlet box that I assume I'll find behind it.
(3) For each one, duct tape an end of the new (replacement) cable to the end of the existing (in-wall) cable.
(4) Tie a very long piece of string to the second end of the replacement cable, just in case I underestimate the length of cable needed.
(5) For each one, go to the other room, remove the wall cover, and start pulling on the old cable till I get the new cable to the other room.
(6) De-duct tape, plug in new cable, replace wall cover, etc.
I am concerned about the possibility of it snagging on something. I am also concerned about the possibility that I shouldn't "assume that they're not stapled or plugged into junctions or whatever". I am furthermore concerned by the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing.
Any tips? Thanks.