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  1. I answered my own question (with the help of Google) - the twisted pairs seem to matter, can impact crosstalk and performance on longer cables... Time to crack open the network jacks again and see if I can line these all up properly.
  2. Allright - I fixed several of the female jacks so that my little network tester has all 8 lights going on in the correct order. On the bright side - I was able to get one of my network jacks to work again. Unfortunately, the throughput is still maxing out around 88 Mbps consistently. I didn't try to re-wire the entire jack, just swapped the wires that were out of order. E.g., it used to go 12543678 - the 5 and 3 were reversed. I swapped those two wires and punched them back down... tested with the network tester several times while re-assembling the wall jack and the 8 lights all lit up in order on both ends (at wall jack and in the laundry room). Do I need to actually make sure the twisted pairs are in a specific configuration? Or am I just sitting on top of some lower quality cabling?
  3. I set up my WiFi to have the same SSID (mainwifi), then set up a guest network for 2.4 Ghz (mainwifi-2) and another one for 5 Ghz (mainwifi-5). That way it auto-switches if one signal is better than the other, or I can manually force it to use one or the other. I do the same thing with the second WiFi access point that I have - uses the mainwifi SSID, then it has mainwifi-2b and mainwifi-5b so I can force my iPhone to connect to a specific access point AND frequency... or let it auto-roam to whatever it thinks is best.
  4. Aha - thanks to a handy cable tester, I can confirm the wiring is Not Quite Right. Of the four wires I tested, all of them had at least one pair incorrectly wired. Looks like I'm going to spend some time watching youtube videos of how to patch a network cable correctly...
  5. Here's an article from yesterday (2/23/2017) - http://carycitizen.com/2017/02/23/google-fiber-preparing-for-cary-expansion/ Basically a fluff piece. It's nice that they are communicating something publicly, but all they keep saying is "we get a lot of demand" and "it will be a while". I'm particularly amused by the final line in the article, talking about growth in Cary: "Real estate growth is so fast, I don’t know if we’ll catch up," Gaar said.
  6. Wow - I never thought of daisy chaining that way. All my wiring seems to be a single wire from the wall jack to the laundry room, with relatively correct connectors on each end. Here are some pictures of one of the wall jacks, also a picture of one of the male terminators in the laundry room. To my untrained eye, those look like 8 wires connected on both ends... though any of them could be wired up incorrectly and I wouldn't know. I just picked the jack that was easiest to open up, I'm guessing I need to go through all the ones I'm actively using to check to make sure all 8 wires are connected correctly. Jumping ahead a few steps - if I picked up something like this toolkit, would that help me diagnose wire issues? Not sure if an inexpensive cable tester would be sufficient. I don't have any crimping tools right now, so getting them all in a toolkit seems helpful.
  7. Awesome - thanks for such a detailed response. It's been a while since I looked at the cat5e wiring - with this new info I'll go back and look at how many wires are connected. The wiring doesn't end in a patch panel, it actually has a male cat5e terminator on the end in my laundry room. For "daisy chaining" - I am pretty sure I did it like this when testing speed, not sure if that qualifies: Laptop <--> 2' cat6 cable <--> wall outlet <--> laundry room terminator <--> network switch <--> 2' cat6 cable <--> Laptop There aren't any cat5e-to-cat5e connections, but that network switch on the laundry room side might qualify as daisy chaining. It doesn't really matter - I'll look at the wires and also test again, removing the switch and as many other variables as I can to make sure I know what's really going through the walls.
  8. I've been trying to figure out my plans for when (if) Google Fiber is available... anyone know the specifics of what they do for installation? Do they just drill a hole in your wall from an exterior box to an interior spot where they can plug in the router? What about hooking up TVs? I was thinking about being able to turn the TV subscription on/off month-to-month to be able to watch certain events... that obviously depends on how the TV is hooked up to the Google Fiber Router. Our house was pre-wired for a few things when we bought it... I currently have the TWC coax run from the exterior up to my laundry room on the 2nd floor of the house. There's also cat5e cabling going from the laundry room out to various points around the house. Unfortunately the cat5e doesn't have great throughput... I get about 80-90 mbit between computers on the network. I can get about 300 mbit over wifi, but would prefer to use some sort of wired backhaul for my stationary computers and apple tv in the living room, then allow the wifi to be mostly for mobile devices. Oh, and the laundry room is not great for Wifi, so I have my Wifi access point deployed in a more central room of the house. I'm not really expecting Google Fiber to re-wire my house, but what do they do as part of the installation? Do they piggy-back on existing wiring, and if so, which wiring? Similarly - what do they do for the network phone they offer? I currently have an Ooma VOIP plugged into the house's telephone wiring - works ok, other than the call quality issues that Ooma tends to have. If this info is available elsewhere, please point me towards it. I have googled a bit, also searched on this forum... only to come up empty handed.
  9. For Google TV - it looks like there are no contracts, so can you just turn it on one month and turn it off the next month?