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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 3:50 PM

What is this a picture of?

I have a wall faceplate in my home office that I need some clarification on. I am attaching a picture of it. It has two outlet/inlet RJ45 connectors on the face plate. One is colored green and has the word "broadband" above it. I do not have anything plugged into the jacks yet. I believe the previous home owners had an OnQ panel in their bedroom closet with numerous coax cables and ethernet cables that the ends were removed. I have no idea what any of these cables go to. 

My idea is to try and terminate some of the ethernet cables and see if any of them are connected to this particular wall plate. If they do, should I use the green jack or the beige jack to connect my router to? 

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Former Employee

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22.5K Messages

3 years ago

ATT branded wall plate….

The green would be Uverse based internet as either single or bonded pair.

Behind the jack the green port is blue and orange pairs while the phone port to the left is green and brown pairs.

However that does not mean the actual colors used on wiring to the panel or NID. Would need to remove the wall plate to determine the wiring.

ACE - Expert

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3 years ago

Normally the Green (broadband) jack would be DSL/ADSL2+/VDSLS2 service, and the beige jack would be POTS service (or for backfeeding dial tone to other extensions).

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3 years ago

So, in theory, if I can find out where the wire leads to (green port) I could use it to extend my lan to other areas of my home that need ethernet, right? This is what I was hoping to do, because I need to run ethernet lines to the far back corner of the house.

ACE - Expert

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3 years ago

Are you currently using the green port for your service, or are you using some other ISP now?

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3 years ago

I am not using the green port, although I am using AT&T fiber internet. I am using the AT&T U-verse Modem/router and a 24 port switch. The only devices that are "hard wired" are my PC, laptop and printer. Everything else is using wifi.

ACE - Expert

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3 years ago

Ah, so that green port would be available, but it's not an RJ45, so it's not suitable for Cat5e or better.  You'd have to replace it with an RJ45 jack (4 pairs) instead of the 2 pair RJ14 or 3 pair RJ25 (whichever it is).

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48 Messages

3 years ago

I see. It's actually used for telephone or dsl. Thanks for the clarification. So, in order to use it for my intended purpose, I need to check the wiring to see if it has 8 wires, then terminate it with a female rj45 on this end. Then try to find it's other end in the panel. Thanks, again!

ACE - Professor

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3 years ago

To add to @JefferMC comments, the cable connected to the green port probably runs to the NID on the outside of the house. It would not connect to any current indoor wiring. 

ACE - Expert

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35.8K Messages

3 years ago

@browndk26 makes an excellent point.  That wall jack location may be useful, but...

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