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It looks like the owner has set up the entire house for phone using only one pair of wires from each cat5 cable, which is fine. I like the plywood switchboard. It's very configurable if not pretty. And it's tidy, so I expect you'll hear about it if you monkey around with it too much. Those beige boxes are RJ11 jacks just like you said. It looks like ...


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The yellow cables are probably Cat5e, which has 4 pairs of wires. (The beige cables are probably Cat 3, which might only have 2 pairs of wire). A single phone line only requires 1 pair, so as you can see the other pairs are just twisted off. You definitely can reuse the cable for ethernet access, but you will lose the phone jack obviously. Here are some ...


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The beige boxes are standard surface mount telephone jacks. Disconnecting them will disable the phone jacks in the house (which you say you mostly aren't using). The easiest way to splice the ends would be to Terminate the ends with an RJ-45 connector, and then use a coupler to connect the two wires. If you are trying to connect more than two of the ...


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I had a similar situation with a big bundle of plain CAT-5 cables in the basement. Each cable went to one random room in the house. To determine which cable was associated with a room, I did the following simple experiment: In the room, twist together two of the conductors to each other. I connected orange to dotted orange, just because it was easy to ...


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Finding out the "purpose" may be a bit of a stretch (other than the rather basic purpose of connecting network from point a to point b - how you use it may be different from the last occupant), but identifying the cables is a simple-if-tedious process of attaching something to one cable, and then plugging into all the other cables around the house until you ...



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