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Monday, March 11th, 2024 2:02 AM

ONT Box/Cat5 Cable

I want to run a Cat5 cable to my detached shop. The shop is on the same side of the house as the ONT box is. My question is, can I add a splitter where the Cat5 cable to the house is connected? By adding a splitter at this point allows me to run a Ethernet cable a short distance to my shop and add a router.

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2 months ago

Then again there's different types of CAT6. Like 6A, then there's shielded, unshielded and shield pair. Personally, I think CAT6A would be way overkill for residential use. Used to feel the same about CAT6, but since it's now about the same price as CAT5E I guess whatever you want. CAT5e is perfectly fine for residential, unless you're a super gamer with ultra high speed Internet. 

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2 months ago

No, you can't bridge the feed, you'd have to come out of one of the ethernet ports on the existing router. You say it's a short distance how about Wi-Fi extenders and using Wi-Fi in your garage. 

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2 months ago

Then will need to run an Ethernet cable from your gateway location to the shop.

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2 months ago

I would hope that is not Cat5 but Cat5e at minimum. Though as that was over 20 years ago, I would consider something in the Cat6 range for a bit more current and available.

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2 months ago

Possibly……not sure how well a wifi extender would work since it’s a metal building. I currently have one just inside the house about 15’ from the shop and I can’t get a good signal inside the shop.

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2 months ago

Thanks for the input guys! I will plan on running a Cat6 from my gateway to the shop.

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