I am trying to get my home network set up and it is not working. Currently, I am using DSL to connect to my router to my computer which works fine. However, I want my router to be in a storage room and just plug the computer into the wall in the family room.
When I finished my basement I put Cat5e in the walls and connected it to a combination phone/ethernet plate from Best Buy where you just strip the wires and screw them in like a normal phone plate. I did this at both ends because I don't know how to put ends on the Cat5e wire.
I put my modem and router in the other room and plugged them in. All the lights came on as usual on the modem and router. I then plugged my router into the wall plate in my storage room and then plugged my computer into the wall plate in the family room. Well, the router shows a slow flashing orange light for that port when I plug in the computer, but the computer network card doesn't show anything.
I went back hooked my computer directly to the router to make sure everything works and it still does. I'm thinking maybe I can't connect the router to the cat5e through a plate or that I screwed up the wires, although I did check that twice.
Here is a little diagram of what I tried to do:
Modem -> Router -> Plate -----> cat5e ------> Plate -> Computer
Any help will be greatly appreciated.