Hopefully someone here has some kind of experience with this sort of thing.
Okay, so I've lived in this house for four years. The place, from day one, has had Cat5 cable running all through it. I keep saying I'm going to set it up all network-like, so I can just plug a computer into any current wall jack and get internet, file sharing, the works. I figure that all I have to do is take the loose cables in the closet upstairs, put some plugs on the ends, plug them into a hub or switch and call it a day, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. So, this week I decided I've been talking about it for too long and it's time to actually do something about it. Yesterday I finally borrowed a crimper from a friend, bought some plugs, got a hub (only an 8- port 10mbit jobbie, but it was free) and opened up the closet... Well, what I saw makes no sense to me whatsoever. Here's what I'm looking at...
From the research I've done, it appears to be a "66 punchdown block." What does this thing do? From what I've read, it acts like a hub already. If that's true, won't I just need to figure out how to get the network onto it? Anyone know how I would do that?
If I can't use the existing block, I'll have to take the cables out of the thing, put ends on them, and stick with plan A, but that would wipe out the existing setup, which worked fine for the telephone. Not that it matters to me, I don't have land-line phones anymore, but someone who lives here after me may not see it the same way.
So, any ideas? Thanks much!!