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Ok, I just moved in here a week ago, and I was suprised to find that the entire house is wired with CAT5e Networking Connections, I just got 30mbps service from Comcast today, so I went down into the basement to try to make sense of this setup... I have some pictures... The 1x8 Splitter is not used for anything because the previous owners installed an amplified splitter for better cable signal..


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Looks like that red cable just needs to go into your Comcast router. Assuming that guy on the left in picture 3 is a switch and not just a patch panel (i assume it is as there is nothing coming out of it)

If anything just go get a cheap cable tester from radio shack and trial and error that b*tch!
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post #3 of 26
I have never seen this. I always use a punch down panel and then run each connection to a switch.

I assume that this "bridge" would just take one line off the ISP router and branch off one port?

I mean that is how it looks and I just assume as well you need to find out where to plug in the router to that first bridge.
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If you look at the connection on the far left of the panel it says "Line In", according to the diagram i found in the panel itself, the "Line In" is in bedroom #3 or the Master bedroom
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Edited:

OH! Then plug the router in up in the bedroom.
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 3/17/11 at 11:44am
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oops
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Im confused as to what this guy was thinking, on some cables he put more than one number, which is kinda dumb, so im looking at a cable that is labeled #3/4 and another labeled #4, which makes me think the first cable is really #3
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post #8 of 26
He has the wires labeled downstairs?

Or do you mean at the plate in the wall upstairs in the bedroom?
post #9 of 26
It seems like the connections on the left form a lan and the device on the right is a bridge, and links various lans together. Not sure though as this setups seems a bit strange...
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post #10 of 26
IDK about that, since it says expansion bridge. I believe the PO just wanted more connections and added on.

I think your best bet is just trial and error get a tester like stated above.

Diagram this out yourself (Make a Visio and then post it next to the setup)
You will love you, and so will the next owner. -_-

Or...
Rip all those connections out (keep the wires) toss those boxes get a real punch down panel and a switch. and centralize the ISP router downstairs. Then you can switch up all the vlans you want...like a real man
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 3/17/11 at 11:57am
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