Internet Networking Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AverageGuy, May 14, 2011.

  1. AverageGuy macrumors newbie

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    I am not sure where to post this, as I cannot find a networking forum? Did I miss it? Anyway, I have a Dual Core 2.0Ghz MacPro and a few power PCs, soon to be upgraded to Intel machines. I want to set up a cable or DSL or modem connection. I recently remodeled and have Two Cat 5e and 1-2 Coax Cable drops going to multiple locations. The MacPro does not have a Airport card, so I was considering getting one, or just running it off of one of the hard wired connections. If I did this, what else would I need to make this work? I presume that most routers will send a hard wired signal to 4-6 locations. If I get a wireless router, my understanding is that I can do both 4-6 hard wired locations and a wireless signal throughout the house. I have all of my drops homerunned to a central telephone closet in the house. So if I terminate the corresponding cables in the closet with RJ11 plugs to plug into the router from the modem, what do I do at the other end? Do I have to terminate the wall plates with RJ45 plugs or can I have do it with a RJ11 plug? Then what do I do? Can I run a RJ11 terminated cable to the Ethernet port, or does that require RJ45? Can anyone help if you can! Also any recommendations for Cable vs. DSL would be appreciated. I am assuming with Cable, I merely terminated a coax run to modem and then RJ11 cables into the Router? Any recommendations for Modems and Routers would be appreciated. This is the first time that I have set up a network. I merely just ran the drops to all of the locations, waiting to plan my next step!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Thanks for using paragraphs.
    "Cable" and "DSL" are types of transmission mediums, while modems are used to interpret the signal from your ISP. You will need to buy or rent a modem when you set up your cable or DSL connection with your ISP.
    Usually 4.
    Depends on your house's construction and the placement of the router.
    I am not sure why you are going on about RJ-11. Ethernet networks use RJ-45 only. If you want to connect your computer to the internet, you will almost certainly need to use RJ-45 jacks and CAT5, CAT5e, or CAT6 cable with the corresponding wall jacks.
    It will depend on your area and what is available, but Cable is generally faster than DSL- especially if you plan on wiring multiple machines to one connection. The coax cable would terminate at the modem and then a CAT5 would go from the modem to the router.
     

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