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Author Topic: Converting an extension to CAT5e  (Read 725 times)

SuperTeeJay

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Converting an extension to CAT5e
« on: June 27, 2017, 02:53:25 PM »

Hello folks,

I live in a new build with FTTC and will have (in a few months) Hyperoptic FTTB. My router and HG612 are in the living room, where I have my computer and other gadgets that I prefer to have wired.

Hyperoptic will need a CAT5e extension to reach the router but I would probably be looking at doing something anyway as the extension wiring is rubbish - the HG612 can sync at 56Mbps through the test socket but only 35Mbps in the living room.

I had intended to run the network cable through walls and along skirting boards, but the extension socket is ideally located for the router, so I was wondering whether it would be practical to use the existing extension wiring as a pull string to take a run of CAT5 to my utility cupboard (where the master socket is located and Hyperoptic will enter the flat). This would be a lot tidier, even if it would cost me the use of a phone extension.

Has anyone tried something like this before? The wiring extension route is - aside from the end points - totally inaccessible.
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d2d4j

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Re: Converting an extension to CAT5e
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 04:56:34 PM »

Hi superteejay

If your extension wiring has 4 pairs, I would be tempted to use the existent extension for rj45

If it has less (you could use 3 pairs but restricted in speed), I would not attempt to use existent wire as pull wire, because it is probably pinned and goes through tight holes/corners

Many thanks

John
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SuperTeeJay

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Re: Converting an extension to CAT5e
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 05:56:52 PM »

Hi John,

I suspect the extension wiring is the cheapest type possible given the loss of 20Mbps between the master socket and extension (which are only about eight metres apart as the crow flies). Is there a simple way to check the number of pairs?
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d2d4j

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Re: Converting an extension to CAT5e
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 07:24:23 PM »

Hi superteejay

There's only 1 way to check the pairs sorry

You need to carefully look behind the extension by removing the faceplate.

You can do this on either of the two ends

There is another alternative to hardwire, and that's setup a wifi link but hardwired is always best option in my view

Many thanks

John
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