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Do I need all this coax for Fios?

Yay--we bought a house! The house has what seems like miles and miles of coaxial cable in every room. I'm trying to figure out if we actually need it or not. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Networking a House

How I should network my house? I understand the basics of running cables, punch-down blocks, patch panels, jacks, network switches, etc. What I don't understand is how to put all of these together in a way that gives me what I want. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on Apr 28, 2014 - 12 answers

VDSL2 bridges for 600 meters wired Ethernet

VDSL2: We'd like to bridge two 100Mbps LANs together. They are located at buildings approximately 600 meters apart by cable distance. I've found a few VDSL2 Ethernet bridge products that will do 90/70Mbps full duplex on 24 AWG POTS phone wiring at 600 meters. Wireless point to point links are not an option. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 25, 2010 - 10 answers

I've got ethernet ports in my house and I don't know what to do?

So I have ethernet ports in every room, and I'd like to somehow hook up the internet to them. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by petah on Jan 30, 2010 - 15 answers

Elegant solution or jury-rigged joke?

Is it common to remove a utility pole but leave a small chunk of it still in use twenty feet up? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Nov 28, 2009 - 12 answers

21st century technology in a 1960s house(hold).

Our house has no coaxial cable installed... but I want FiOS. Do I need to get something done before Verizon comes? How much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

DIY Balanced Audio Cable-O-Rama

What's the best balanced audio wiring stuff, and where do I get it all? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Jul 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Installing cable in rooms without cable ports

Can I add a cable outlet in my house without running more cable? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Oct 30, 2006 - 17 answers

Help me wire this crazy-ass layout for surround sound...

Help me inexpensively and at least somewhat discreetly wire my place for surround. The problem: Really challenging room layout and a tight budget. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Jun 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Difference between analog and digital cable signal

My father-in-law just bought a *nice* big TV... That doesn't have anything to do with the question, though. He got an HDTV box and all the digital channels and the HDTV channels come through fine but the analog channels are very snowy. I would expect that the digital channels would pixilate if the coax going into the box is bad. Could this be a splitter/crummy wiring problem? I don't know how the digital channels make it through while the analog channels have horrible quality (some to the point of the TV throwing up a blank screen because of the "snow" effect.
posted by ajpresto on Nov 19, 2005 - 8 answers

How to cable a long range telephone extension

Does anyone have any experience running their own telephone cables over a distance of about 500 feet? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 31, 2005 - 10 answers

Wiring between floors

There is a ton of information at Tivocommunity about DirecTv and DirecTiVo and the requirements of having two actual lines coming into the box and not using a splitter. My question is: How do I run this second line? I have one line coming to the back of my TV now which had been split at one point but I want to run a whole new line and add a line. I'm leery of taping two lines of coax to the end of the old line and just pulling like hell. But, will this work? [more inside]
posted by ajpresto on Aug 1, 2005 - 7 answers

2 TVs and a TiVo

I have TiVo set up in the living room, and a television without cable in the bedroom. I figure it would be possible to split the cable before it hits the TiVo and get cable in the bedroom, but I'm not sure if it would make TiVo appear in the television in there as well. Any insights? I'm obviously clueless.
posted by agregoli on Jan 8, 2004 - 8 answers

Run the cat through the wall, or dont bother?

My house was completely rewired a few years ago by a previous owner. In doing so he put in the power, but left some rather large openings in the walls around the plug boxes. I have not repaired these, as I thought I would eventually get around to running some Cat 5 cable and phone jacks to every room. My question is, is it worth doing anymore? I can think of a few places I might want a hard connection to my network, but my WiFi set up makes me think this is no longer worth the trouble. The land line is not going away anytime soon, but it no longer seems worth the trouble either. Is there anything I should consider installing before I lock down the walls and lose my easy access?
posted by thirteen on Dec 30, 2003 - 12 answers

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