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In my new house each room will have a wall plug with 2 RJ-45 plugs and 2 cable jacks, it is prewired with either Cat 5e or Cat 6 wiring (not sure which) and I want to know how do I go about utilising it? I will probably be looking at 4 computers right away, my main rig, my brother's rig, my dad's office PC and my mom's kitchen computer so how do I go about making the internet come through those Cat 5e/6 plugs on the walls
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Originally Posted by Remonster
In my new house each room will have a wall plug with 2 RJ-45 plugs and 2 cable jacks, it is prewired with either Cat 5e or Cat 6 wiring (not sure which) and I want to know how do I go about utilising it? I will probably be looking at 4 computers right away, my main rig, my brother's rig, my dad's office PC and my mom's kitchen computer so how do I go about making the internet come through those Cat 5e/6 plugs on the walls

Where is the concentrator block? Have you found it yet? It's the place where all the CAT wires come together. If so, what type it it? Pre-patched? Or are the wires just hanging there?
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We haven't moved into it yet, should be in about 3 months or so if the deal goes through which I hope it does, I was just starting to plan out what we'd do when we do move so I was just wondering. Basically, my thoughts were you buy a router and hook it up to the wires that then go to the wall plugs in various rooms? Also what type of router should i get, with so many rooms a simple 4 port router won't cut it right?
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There should be a place (Most likely in the basement) where all the wires come together. Just plug your modem into there and it should work.
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Go ahead and get any router that you can afford, (Make sure it has a built-in firewall) then get a switch that has enough ports on it and plug everything in there with the router in the uplink port. Once you find where the cables are grouped together, it would be beneficial to you is finding out which cable goes to which room for troubleshooting purposes in the future.
    
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for that.. just plug in all the plugs into the switch/router.. and plug in a computer to each.. and the network activity lite on the switch/router will go active..
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or you can make an even better one w/ a server as a firewall and get a 16 port switch. run everything to lets say your closet (so you have control of course). make a patch cable that goes from the switch port to one network card in the server, then make another network card go to your modem. you got a firewall plus the control. Then make an active directory so you can moderate anybody and implement policies on anybody's computer in the house, muhahahahahahaa.
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or you can make an even better one w/ a server as a firewall and get a 16 port switch. run everything to lets say your closet (so you have control of course). make a patch cable that goes from the switch port to one network card in the server, then make another network card go to your modem. you got a firewall plus the control. Then make an active directory so you can moderate anybody and implement policies on anybody's computer in the house, muhahahahahahaa.
Can we say overkill???

You can actually implement policies on a simple XP machine thats not on an AD. You just have to go to each machine.
    
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Can we say overkill???

You can actually implement policies on a simple XP machine thats not on an AD. You just have to go to each machine.
screw that pooch. its better to do it from AD and have everyone require a login. secure and simple
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Our house was prewired and requested cat6 specifically. You might want to do the same. Unfortunately all they did was wire... nothing was terminated so I got to do it all myself.

More than likely, all the cables will come together in the basement, if there is one. all these should be terminated into a patch panel. Get a wireless router if you plan on going something(s) wireless in the future. Get a gigabit switch and connect all from patch panel to it... or at least the rooms with computers. Keep one spot on the switch free so yo can connect to the router.

Voila, you've got a home network going.

Find out what will be done so we can fine tune suggestions
    
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