So I have recently found out that all my phone sockets have been wired with cat5 or cat5e cable. I don't know which.
I've upgraded my internet so thought about repurposing the cables as patch cables. My intent is to patch my computer in the office upstairs to the router downstairs.
There were 7 phone sockets in the house, and 6 of them had 2 cat5 cables in each. I have cut them all out and added rj45 connectors to all of them except the one. I then used a tester to find out which cable went to which room, hoping I can daisy chain from.the office to the front room.
But as luck would have it. One of the cables went directly into the room. I couldn't believe my luck.
Sadly, when I use the cable tester it cycles through 1 to 8, but conductor 5 doesn't light up. Does that mean it's dead?
I've never done patching before but I checked the order of the wires and they are fine. I even cut them off and redid them but got the same results.
I also thought the cable might work but would be slow as conductor 5 isn't used. I plugged in my PC and no lights came on. Nothing.
Is there anything I can do or is it just rotten luck?