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Ethernet Port

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Ohdave15, Aug 19, 2019.

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  1. Ohdave15

    Ohdave15 Thread Starter

    Aug 19, 2019
    So I’m in college and last year I stayed in a dorm. I got a ps4 and I played 2k but when I was online, it was lagging. A friend told me to get a lan cable, i did and it was better. Now I moved to an apartment and the lan cable doesn’t not fit on the port. I’m wondering if there’s a smaller or different type of lan cable I need because I need to play 2k. Any help or advice is needed right now. Thanks.

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  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    Hi, and welcome to TSG.

    Check with your landlord or building manager to see if your apartment has an Ethernet connection to the Internet or if you only have wiring for a telephone Landline.

    A modern standard Ethernet connector has 8 contact positions and fully populated with 8 contacts. In the USA, Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS) uses a similar looking 6 position connector with 4 or 2 contacts. The outer positions are not used.

    If that connector is an Ethernet port, it is most likely from the 1990s for a 10 Mbit/Sec CAT3 connection.
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    According to your image, it looks like you're trying to plug an ethernet cable into a land-line phone outlet.

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  4. zx10guy

    zx10guy Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Mar 30, 2008
    You covered up the jack. So we can't tell 100% what it is. But because you can't insert the RJ45 connector into the wall jack, my guess which is most likely correct is the wall jack is an RJ11 jack. Which means the plug is about half the width of the RJ45 connector and only has 4 pins. This is pretty common in residential settings for straight analog phone connections (POTS). As such, there's no chance you're getting any type of Ethernet connectivity without major rework of the home wiring.
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