How to use the Cat5 wiring in my house

March 28, 2010 at 09:47:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have set up home network so my DSL internet can be used by my computer (in the bedroom) and my Roku player (in the living room). The network is working fine by running a long cable from my router out to the Roku player in the living room.

There are outlets throughout my condo that include jacks for Cat5 wiring installed by the builder. I'm not sure how I use this. I tried running a Cat5 cable from one of the ports in my router to the jack in the bedroom wall, then I plugged in another Cat5 cable from the living room port to the Roku device. I was hoping that this would daisy-chain the internet to the Roku player, but it doesn't work. Am I doing something wrong? Is there something else I need to do to get this to work? Please help.

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March 28, 2010 at 11:19:50
Generally speaking, when running cabling in the walls of a building they should all terminate at the same place. Typically to a "patch panel".

You need to figure out where the network cables in your condo all terminate in order to setup a connection from your bedroom to your living room.

Once you know where they terminate, then you have to figure out which is which (bedroom/TV room) and connect a patch cable from the one to the other. At the bedroom end of this, you would plug into your SOHO Router and of course at the other end, your Roku device.

What you're missing right now is that "jumper" connection to join the TV room to your bedroom.

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March 28, 2010 at 16:25:34
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the information. Better yet, it sounds pretty easy to do. I have found the patch panel in my closet, and will give this a try. I see a 'column' of jacks that are labeled "Cat5e". I am guessing that I just plug one end of the patch cable into the first jack and plug the other end into each of the other jacks in that 'column' until the right combination works? Is there anything I need to worry about doing wrong?
Thank you for all you help!

A follow-up to this reply: I believe I have found the correct combination because the ethernet light on the Roku player is showing signs of life. The only problem is that the indicator lights flash on and off instead of staying on solid. As a test, I tried using the Cat5 jack in my kitchen with the same results. Any thoughts? Thanks again...

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March 29, 2010 at 05:37:20
I have no experience with a Roku player so I can't say how the interface on them will respond. Typically with every other device I've used, a green light comes on and stays on when you have a good connection.

You may want to call the people you got the player from and ask them.

To test to be sure you have the correct connection, take a laptop into the room where the Roku device is and plug it into the wall. With the jumper between ports and the far end plugged into your router you should have an internet connection.

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March 29, 2010 at 06:23:30
The Roku player has a good internet connection when I use a Cat5 cable directly from the router to the player. This is the 50ft cable running across the floor that I'm trying to avoid using.

I'm wondering if I'm using the correct type of patch cable to connect the living room and bedroom at the network patch panel. In researching this, I've seen "patch cables" and something called a "crossover patch cable". This is pretty new to me, so forgive my ignorance.

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March 29, 2010 at 06:26:41
You would use a regular patch cable not a xover cable for patching.

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March 29, 2010 at 06:35:56
Thank you for clarify this for me. I don't have a laptop computer to run the test that Curt R. suggested, but I know the Roku player works fine. Unfortunately, it sounds like it might be the Cat5 wiring in the condo that has the problem.

Thank you Curt R. and Wanderer for your knowledge and suggestions.

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March 29, 2010 at 07:09:46
You can test the wires. In fact, it may be a good idea to do so. It's not really worth it for you to spend the $$$ on a tester so I suggest you call a professional company and get a quote from them on testing, and possibly repunching your connections.

Electrical companies who install the electrical in homes and commercial businesses normally pull and test network type cabling too. There are also some companies out there deal mainly with network type cabling who can also test.

I would think it would cost you less than $100.00. I would also make sure whoever comes over could also repunch the cables for you if they're done incorrectly. If you discuss the possibility beforehand, they could then show up with all the tools they'd need.

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March 29, 2010 at 07:24:28
All very good suggestions. Hopefully, I will be able to add another posting a few weeks from now saying that everything is up and running. Thanks again for taking time out of your life to help someone you don't know. May it return to you ten-fold.

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