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Monday, November 7th, 2022 4:37 PM

Setup help for pre-wired house

We have a 3 story townhome. The main panel is in the garage where the internet cable comes in from the street.  In that panel there are Cat5 cables that then lead into multiple pre-wired jacks in our house.  I want good wifi + all of those pre-wired jacks to have internet so we can mount TV's and use Cat5 cables between the jack and TV to maximize speeds.  I think the wifi router has to go in our garage where the panel is located but I'm worried that won't give us good wifi in the house.  Can someone tell me the best way to set this all up?  Thanks!!

ACE - Professor


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11 months ago

First,  do you currently have att service? If yes, what speed? If no, what speed can you get? 

Multiple options based on what speed you get. Do any of the rooms have more than one Ethernet port or all single ports?



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11 months ago

Likely you will need some additional hardware. An Ethernet switch with enough ports to service all the jacks you want live. Depending on the size and construction of your home, you may choose to add a WiFi mesh system such as an ASUS RT-AX92U AX6100 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6  with two nodes. These offer Ethernet backhaul, and pretty good coverage, again depending on the size and construction of your home. Hopefully the cables in your home are at least Cat5e, and not just Cat5 as that is unreliable at GigE speeds. Generally the setup would be that the ATT provided modem is connected to the feed from ATT. Your Ethernet switch would then connect to the modem, and then all the cables in the panel would connect to the switch.

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