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My apartment might be wired for LAN


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#1 sonofarex

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:08 PM

Hi there

I just moved into my apartment and found some ethernet jacks in each of the rooms and I'm not sure how they're wired or what they're for and was hoping I could get some help.

I took a picture of the faceplate and a picture of what it looks like with the faceplate off. It looks like it's hooked up to an ethernet cable that goes up into the wall but I wasn't able to follow it.

I tried the obvious, which was plug one into my router and another into my laptop but I wasn't able to get any sort of connection or anything.

Has anyone seen this before? What are my options here for possibly plugging things in?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

Most newer multi-dwelling structures are pre-wired for CATV and Phone/Internet. Probably at the Utilities Room where all services enter the main structure is where it's disconnected. Order service and they can bring service to your unit.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

So the only way of utilizing these is to get hooked in to the main source in the utility room?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

If you don't have service now, that would be my guess, correct.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

I have cable internet, the modem/router is in the apartment. I was hoping to have an ethernet connection in every room coming from the router but I guess all the wall sockets head downstairs

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

They should be able to jumper all the connections to give you service in every room. You should check with the building management and inquire if that is possible. From an implementation standpoint it's quite easy. Whether the building owner allows it is a completely different issue. Many property owners paid a premuim to have their units wired a specific way. Some do not allow any sort of modification at all. Others without paying for it so it can be undone when you move.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

I still can't get the building manager to get back to me about programming the buzzer, I don't imagine I'll have any luck with this haha

Thanks for the advice though

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

If you're not getting a response about your buzzer, you may want to contact the property owner and let them know their onsite personnel are not responsive to tenant needs.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

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Found where they go, they connect together behind a blank faceplate in another bedroom and look like this

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

It sounds like you have a point of presence in Post 1 and you would have to connect your modem to the port and go from there. Then you would contact whomever to activate the port so


They have a MDF in the building or demarcation point to ISP probably Comcast.

In the pictures you have CAT5 or 5e.

I would advise you to just be careful when pulling out cable or other telecommunication cables because you might inter fear with other units.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Wi-fi it is then

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

you can go wireless but you need to lock it down or others would have access to it.

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