How to Wire an Internet Connection

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Wireless Internet is becoming more prevalent, but it still hasn't completely replaced wired connections. Even wireless hubs need a wired connection at the start. Here are a few different ways to wire an Internet connection.

Use a telephone line to feed into your Internet connection. A basic phone line will hook up into a modem. Connect the modem to your computer with an Ethernet cable. This method will set up a wireless hub, but remember that one modem can serve only one computer.

Run RG-6 cables from your utility access point (usually some spot in the basement) through the walls of your home. The wires can all connect to a hub in the basement, but they should go directly to an Ethernet outlet and not split.

Place the RG-6 cables between 6 to 12 inches away from other wires. Internet wires don't receive much interference, but they can create a lot of it.

Ask your Internet service provider if your Internet will require two wires for each connection. Some high-speed and satellite connections require one cable to send information and another to receive it.

Use a flexible conduit to wire an Internet connection around sharp corners in your home. These cables do not bend at 90-degree angles, so ease them around gradual bends. The conduit isn't needed, but it often helps mold the wires into the proper curve.

Attach the Ethernet jacks to the wall just like you would affix an electrical outlet. Secure the cables to the Ethernet jacks by wrapping them counterclockwise around the connector posts. You can then tighten the wire with a screwdriver.

See if your ISP will turn on your Internet a few hours before your home is dry-walled. This uptime will give you a chance to check the Ethernet jacks to be sure they are wired correctly.


  • check If you use satellite Internet service, you should route all of your wires to the southern part of your attic, rather than the normal utility service point.

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