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On the interconnectedness of all things. - Diary of a Necromancer
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On the interconnectedness of all things.
Question for the Internet Brain Trust: if I have a jack labelled "CAT5" in my wall-plates next to my phone-jacks (which is at least allegedly connected to some wiring, according to the dude we bought the place off of), does this mean that I could plug the ethernet cable coming out of my modem into that jack in the wall, and then plug a second ethernet cable into the CAT5 jack in another room to route into a computer there, and thus get my internet on somewhere other than directly from where the modem is? I ask not merely for George's sake but because if I can't get the @!##$ replacement DSL modem working this would be how Mum would be getting online with Gareth-that-was-Gaius, at least until we might someday put together the dosh for setting up wireless in here...

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wolffsekunde From: wolffsekunde Date: June 7th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
In theory, absolutely. It should essentially be like a wormhole... OF ETHERNET. Where you would normally plug the computer into the modem, instead you'd plug the wall into the modem and then anyone plugging into the wall would -theoretically- be plugging into the modem too, even more than one computer. Again, all theoretical because I don't know your setup but still, I bring you hope whereas before all you had was darkness and a packet of saltines.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: June 7th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That's about what I was guessing, so I'll give it a go when I get around to finishing setting her up with the hand-me-down... not that this will necessarily tell us if the wiring's real, 'cos that's one's not exactly a known-good test-case and if it doesn't work it could be his fault...
lisa_marli From: lisa_marli Date: June 7th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Yep, that should work. Ethernet is very similar to the phones, so plugging the modem puts it into the house net, and then the computers will see it and use it. The computers can also see each other, good for sharing files. They even have ethernet printers now.
IF, this doesn't work, there are line testers you can buy. Try your local geek store or if you can't find one, cyberguys.com has them. They are cheap and should let you know if the lines are ok. Though if your phones work, the ethernet should as well. The lines are just as easy to set up.
It's nice that the house came pre-wired. It is so easy to do these days, and adds little to the cost of building or re-wiring the house.
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