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Use my Phone line for my network??

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July 9, 2011 7:12:05 PM


We moved into a newly build home and i wanted cat5 put in but the builder refused. Anywhow we don't use the phone jacks in the house and i noticed 2 of the 6 cables are used. I know cat5 is 8 wires but what type of wiring do i have?

These are the colors of the wires i see and can i use this for my home network?


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July 10, 2011 3:00:40 PM

July 13, 2011 10:20:55 PM

It's 3 twisted pair. However someone else may want to confirm this, but I think if you punch it down correctly you could get 100Base-TX speeds out of the 3 pairs. See the Wiki on 100BASE-TX. So it might work... But Cat5e or Cat6 would have been better. So you could have a gigabit network. I think it should be required in all new construction these days.
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July 20, 2011 12:36:53 AM

Thanks, would that be enough for stream HD content? don't think so.

yeah i know but they refused not much i could have done :( .

I'm thinking just going to run the cables up the cold air return from the basement to the attic and just drop them down.
July 21, 2011 10:39:51 PM

Depending on how the construction is, that might be the best way. I ran a few around the current home I'm in. I picked up one of the reel type fish tapes. 50 foot was good for me but never ended up using more than 15 to 20 feet for the runs I had to do.