So I just moved into a brand new home. The builder (Landmark Legacy) was cool enough to run Cat5 throughout the house with plugs in every room. Awesome. However, it turns out they just come out in a bundle or wires in my basement with no connectors on them. Less Awesome.
I was also a little surprised to find out that the local cable company (Shaw) doesn’t actually touch these wires when they come to get you set up with cable/internet. This made me think to myself:
I’m lucky I’m a bit technical and like to doing projects like this… but what if this were most anyone else? What would they do? Who do you even call to take care of something like this?
Anyway, I thought I’d detail the steps I go through to get this all running so that the next guy can do a bit less head scratching than me.
Here’s where I’m starting at
- All the Cat5 wires are connected to a wall plate in their respective rooms (office, living room, 3 bdrms, etc)
- A Cat5 wire for each plate is hanging by my electrical planel in the basement
- The cable co. installed the provided modem/wireless router unit in my office on the main level using a coaxial outlet
The tools I used
Crimp the wires you’ll need (in my case the one coming down from my office, where my modem and router are, and the living room where I wanted a wired connection). I used this video to guide me through crimping.
How to crimp Cat5 wired with RJ45 connectors
Cat5 wiring diagram for RJ45 connectors
Once the required wires are crimped, plug in your switch, put the one coming from your router into the LAN port and the other(s) in one of the remaining ports.
Test, and enjoy!