Wireless to wired

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Wireless to wired
I had my At&t wireless internet connected two days ago. The setup is a 2wire modem but the connection used is in probably the absolute worst place possible (because I guess it was convenient for them to set up when they built the apartment complex last year. The modem is located: *in a closet on the far-end of the unit down a narrow hall from the entertainment center (lots of wall-interference) *Next to a water-heater AND the central-air unit (yay for metal reflecting the signals!) *on a shared wall near the washer/drier hookups (more m3t4lz w007!!!1!1one!eleven) Hence the wireless signal is pretty poor. There are existing Ethernet jacks throughout the apartment. When the installer came, he asked if I had a desktop computer and I said no (presumably to determine if I needed a hard-wired setup. my fault for not thinking of wanting a wired connection to my x-box 360) I would like to use the existing Ethernet jacks to supply internet to the 360 (for gaming and Netflix), but I don't want to have to make a service call and pay someone to come out (especially if they just have to plug in a cord or something). I also don't want Ethernet cords strung from the all over the house (dogs/appearance/wife would hate it). I own a separate Belkin N+ wireless router that I have used in the past. It was, however, direct connected to the modem and the xbox then (which is not an option this time). I tried plugging it into an Ethernet jack, but no dice. It seems to me like it should be a simple fix, but I'm getting nowhere... I'm sure once someone explains it I will feel like a total dope for not thinking of it, but I just can't see it right now... Please help

   

   

Anonymous Visitor
Re: Wireless to wired
You have to know/find out if the wires are connected and if they "Ethernet" 10BaseT or 100BaseT .. there is no simple answer.
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Re: Wireless to wired

it is Cat 5e. I don't know how they are connected. I just found a cabinet in the room with the router that has perhaps 6 cat 5e cables that have no connectors on them. I imagine this means they each go to a different room in the house. How difficult would it be for me to get them set up so I could plug one into the router/modem?

Thanks

hubby
Re: Wireless to wired

It should not be difficult, assuming all the wires are good and you know which wire is which. Each plug probably runs to the cabinet so you just have to either put your stuff in that cabinet and plug it in, or put a router/hub in the cabinet and plug everything in to it.

(original poster)
Re: Wireless to wired

The only problem is that the wires haven't been terminated (no male connectors, just bare wire). I could probably get some and put connectors on them. I have no idea which wire is which, but I can use the process of elimination easily enough.

Also, there is a set of three wires that are kind of looped together with eight (8) mini-clamps (it kind of looks like a series loop with only half of the wires from each cord connected) not sure if this is a splice or what.

The logistics of the house and such won't let me put things in the cabinet, mostly for space and practicality issues. by 'cabinet' I mean a 18" square access panel in the wall in the tiny hall closet. Also, my wife would kill me if I had a 50' cord running through the hallway and across the den/dining room.

Thanks for the help so far!

hubby
Re: Wireless to wired

NOW there is no easy solution.
Putting plugs on an ethernet cable is not easy - it's actually a PITA.. and, you cant just stick the wires in willy-nilly, they have to be in a particular order (you can google it and get images and instructions).. You will need some RJ45 plugs for the specific type of wire (solid or braided) and a crimping tool. Probably some good snippers or a specific network-cable cutting tool to make it easier.

If you don't know which wire is which, you'll need some kind of a 'ringer' tool that will let you send a signal down the wire from one end, and a probe to find it at the other end. Would not be a bad idea to get a Ethernet Cable Tester as well, which can tell you if your plugs are on right, and can double as a 'sender' for locating the other end.

If it were me (and did his professionally for years, but no longer have the tools) I would pay for the $55 service call and just get it over with.

(original poster)
Re: Wireless to wired

I actually googled some details about attaching connectors without a tool... It seemed simple (but kind of tedious) and provided the proper order for cording and such. The connectors are pretty cheap at the hardware store, so I may just do that and hook them up to the router via trial-and-error.

I had a spare 25' cord (just to get us some netflix for tonight) and it's still about 10' short... lovely...

I have also looked up some options for connecting xbox360 wirelessly using a pc instead of buying the $100 adapter that xbox sells...

Might take a stab at the cheaper option first (connectors and trial and error). I'd really rather not pay an extra $50+ just because I forgot to mention the xbox when the guy came to do the install...

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