Solved: Connect Comcast Modem in Wiring Closet

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twitchylegs

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Hi,
Moved into a home that has a wiring closet in the basement. Typical wiring closet setup, Cat 5 cables and Coax cables from the house outlets terminate there. There is a Suttle sam v8m voice distribution module installed. Looks exactly like the one in this user manual:

Page 5 of 8, Wiring Diagram.
http://www.manualslib.com/manual/68953/Hometech-8-Port-Voice-Module-Sam-V8m.html?page=5#manual

However, there is NO Sam D8 switch below installed in the wiring closet. The Cat 5 cables from the home outlets enter the wiring closet and plug directly into the Sam V8m.

A couple questions.
Can a comcast modem be connected to the Shuttle Sam V8m to make the Cat 5 outlets hot? Or, does the Sam D8 (or similar) need to be installed?

How should the Comcast Modem be connected to the Suttle Sam V8m? In the User Manual diagram above, should a Cat 5 cable run out of the Comcast Modem and connect to the Line In on the Module (labeled as 1-4 Lines In). And, should this be a "straight through" cable - Brown/BrownWhite/Green/GreenWhite/Orange/OrangeWhite/Blue/BlueWhite? This is the color scheme top to bottom on the Sam v8m. This image is similar, except it does not have a Test port below the Out and Security Port. you can view the color scheme on the Line In
http://www.discount-low-voltage.com/Connectivity/Suttle-Residential-Modules-ALL/SAM-V8M

thanks!
 

zx10guy

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You can't use the V8 module to do what you're looking to do. The V8 module is just a phone bridge module that allows 1-4 analog phone circuits inbound with a provision for a security system interupt. Also the D8 is nothing more than a patch panel. The diagram shows them providing phone service to the outlets hanging off the D8 module.

If the Comcast modem is strictly a modem, you'll need a router with enough ports to plug in the number of outlets you need or you'll have to augment the router with a switch.
 

twitchylegs

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Thanks for the reply.

Just to verify, you recommend:
BASEMENT WIRING CLOSET: Cable Modem>Router>(switch if needed)>Outlets

For wireless, could I add a wireless router to one of the outlets upstairs?

And just for reference, would a patch panel installation be:
BASEMENT WIRING CLOSET: Cable Modem>Router>Switch>Patch Panel>Outlets

thanks again.
 

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Yes and Yes for the two configurations.

Depending on your house, you may be able to put a wireless router down in the wiring closet which might be able to provide decent coverage through out your house.
 
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