I would appreciate advice. We are renovating a condo in downtown Vancouver that had fibre installed a couple of years ago. The condo was built in 1982, and has a suspended ceiling with 15 inches of space above.
Coaxial cable runs from the entry point to the living room, and the bedroom. Attached are two photos of the entry point.
It would be relatively inexpensive to run Ethernet cable instead, but is there any advantage? Would there be any difference?
What would you do?
I can't see your photos yet (needs approval from forum mods/admin). I would run 2 Ethernet to the living room and 1 to the bedroom and 1 to the kitchen (if applicable). Ethernet cable is cheap and if you are doing a reno it's better to overbuild now than to underbuild and have to add more runs later.
I can see your pictures now.
Consider installing proper wall jacks like this:
Does the existing Ethernet cable connect to the white box from inside the wall or is there another room behind that wall?
Can you open up the white box and take a picture of the inside?
No pictures yet---- My take of this--- internet pre fibre by cable company to modem cate 5 from modem hooked to tel cable to go rooms with computor. Tel wire has enough wires to hook up to for internet. Not the best but a lot of people have made use of the tel wires to get to their equipment without major opening of walls etc.
Now i see -- fibre panel is good the rest is junk . not enough wires in tel cable to do internet from ont. The fibre will hook to the ont ( Needs 120 volt ) run cate 5 above the tbar to your locations. You can have your router modem with wifi fed with the cate5. Possible feed the cate5 from inside the wall to above the tbar ceiling so it is hidden. I would get an electrician to do this if you don't know how. Being a condo your wifi coverage should be good even with some concrete walls . The tv's can use the wifi to feed them. Good luck Polecat
Yeah, that phone/ethernet wiring looks dodgy. Do you know if the phone jack worked? If it did then just cut off the ethernet wire and leave the phone jack as is.
You'll be running new ethernet cables from the router up to the ceiling to your other locations. Not sure where you'll be putting your ONT and router but as @polecat mentioned you'll need a power outlet nearby.
You have a couple of options for getting the cable into the wall
Option 1 is easier as you can buy terminated cables of the required length and just run them. Hide the extra length in the ceiling since you won't be able to get exact lengths.
Option 2 is tidier/cleaner but requires you to terminate the cables yourself.
THANKS everyone for your help. Looks like I will use Ethernet cable, and yes there is a power outlet within 3 feet. I know it is overkill for 2023, but running through a new ceiling, with lots of noise insulation etc. . I think I will just buy 100 feet of Cat8 cable. Amazon has one from Yauhody, which seems to be all they specialize in, for $57. It has 4.7 stars with about 3,000 ratings.