Question New home has 2 ethernet sockets in every room with wires leading back to a central point. What to do with the 2nd connection?


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We've just moved into a new house. The previous owners have wired up the house with Cat 5 (or 6?) cables. Next to every tv point there are 2 ethernet sockets. We've identified that all the cables lead back to a central cupboard which is home to the router point and the tv aerial distribution amplifier.

We figured one of these ethernet connections would just be used for a wired internet connection to each room, so we've bought an ethernet switch and that all works fine and the internet is now working great in all the rooms.

We now have no idea what to do with the second connection. Could anyone provide any recommendations on what we could use it for? Someone suggested it may have been used with Sky TV but we have no idea how we would go about getting that connected up to play independently in each room. Would we need multiple boxes?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Euuh ... it just for ease of use. Say in your living room you want to connect 2 devices wired (eg. TV + a Playstation) then there's no need to put a switch in the living room since you have 2 network connection coming from the wall. I've done the same in my home as well. Just make sure all lan cables in the central location are hooked up to a switch (and then wired to router).


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You can also use hdmi over ethernet converter to send a video signal from one area to another. E.g. if you have a media centre in the cupboard.

Joe Fernand

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A single SKY box cannot output independent channels just because you have multiple CAT cables distributed around the house.

You can take the HDMI Output of a SKY+ HD or SKY Q box and using the required hardware 'mirror' the HDMI signal to multiple Displays over multiple CAT cables (everyone viewing the same channel).

If you want independent viewing with SKY you require a multi-room subscription plus additional SKY box's - which either go out in each room (connect to the local TV via a short HDMI) or can be centralised and then use HDMI over CAT extenders plus your installed CAT cables to deliver video/audio to the remote TV's.

Unless you have a requirement, which your current system does not cater for, I would ignore the 'spare' CAT cables rather than trying to find/forec a use for them.

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