Setting up wired network

August 26, 2010 at 05:35:10
Specs: Windows 7
Each of the bedrooms of my home have a internet plug in and I have a box in one closet where all the wires come together at. There is no power connection near this wire box.
I have DSL and a router in the main bedroom and the other rooms are using wireless.
How can I setup my network so that the computers in the other rooms can be wired into the wall plugs instead of wireless?
I have the following ideas in mind but am not sure if they will work.
Using 2 routers one stays in the main bedroom and one in the other bedroom where I also need faster internet (wireless too slow).
Using a switch (I have no idea how to hook it up)
Any ideas for doing this?

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#1
August 26, 2010 at 05:45:02
Somebody really wasn't thinking when they terminated the cables in a closet with no electrical plugs. However, I'm betting there's an electrical outlet within 10 feet (say 3 m) of the closet, likely more like 6' or 2m

Why not put a little shelf in the closet just under the patch panel (where the network cables terminate) and run an extension cord from the nearest power outlet to the shelf and then plug your router/modem in there?

You didn't mention where your nearest phone line is. If there's one in the same room, you could run it from the wall outlet to the closet to the ADSL modem.

Using 2 routers one stays in the main bedroom and one in the other bedroom where I also need faster internet (wireless too slow).
Using a switch (I have no idea how to hook it up)

I'm guessing by this you mean you need more than one network connection in this room, but only have one coming out of the wall. If this is correct, then a switch would be the best way to go. These days a switch is pretty easy to connect. Simply plug one of the ports on the switch into the wall outlet. At the other end, plug it into a LAN port on the router. No configuration required.

Keep in mind, if you have a SOHO router with 4 LAN ports and you need more connections, you'll need a switch setup in that closet too.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
August 26, 2010 at 07:13:15
If you don't want to run an extension cord to the closet. It may be possible to power the router and modem over an unused connector using Power over Ethernet. This is a special low voltage power feed using the ethernet cable.

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