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Probably you have two or more phone jacks daisy-chained together. One cable goes to wherever the phone line enters the house and the other runs to another phone jack somewhere else in the house. This is a common practice. I did some pricing online, and it seems that Cat 5e is comparable in price to 4-conductor phone cable, so the builders may simply have ...


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Yes, indeed it is a Belgian phone socket. http://www.levoyageur.net/phone-country-Belgium.html The four pins match the four holes in your socket. The firth pin is just there to make sure you don't put it in upside down. There's a hole for it too. This is how it looks with a cover (except for the RJ jack that you may not have) ...


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The small black box may be the exterior electronic reader end of your water meter. Trace the wire into the house and if it connects to your water meter then you probably can't do much about that box. You may be able to have it relocated by your water utility. The center grey box appears to be for phone lines and the one on the right looks like cable TV. ...


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Since all the telephone companies were deregulated, the practice is to have a demarcation point (which I'm really surprised no one else has mentioned yet). Most homes built within the last 20 years or so will have one, which will be a box or jack (often marked "DEMARC") marking the change in responsibility between their network and your in-house wiring. ...


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You can't get rid of the telephone box in the middle. The FIOS connection provides telephone access to the FIOS panel and then the lines running from the FIOS panel to the telephone panel are used to connect all of the phones in your home to the FIOS telephone connection. As for what you can do to make the situation better, I might plant a small tree, maybe ...


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High and low voltage conductors in the same junction box must be separated by a barrier. Outdated NEC reference: 800-52(a)(1)c.1.Exception 1. In the typical dbl. gang box installation, power in one half and phone and data in the other, there needs to be a partition in the box separating the two classes of conductors.


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As DMoores says, what you describe is called an intercom. However there are at least two relatively low-cost alternatives. Cordless Phones Panasonic and other companies sell cordless phones in sets of two, three, four or more handsets. One handset plugs into your phone socket, all the handsets can make or receive normal phone calls. In addition any ...


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This is one of the residential structured media cabinets that you can get at any of the big box stores, made by Leviton and several others (your pic is too low resolution for me to read the name on the phone block, there may also be a name on the cabinet door). You can buy additional blocks of all sorts of things to fit in these, such as network patches, ...


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Telephone line voltage is nominally 48V DC (varies though, depending on your distance to the CO and what voltage they are set at), and ring voltage is nominally 90V AC at 20 Hz (as opposed to 60Hz mains power). You should be able to test these between the tip and ring (red/green, or center pair) wires on your phone line. When not ringing, you should measure ...


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Many people can feel the 48V on a phone line pair. The big issue with 48V is that it is relatively safe and should not cause electrocution. There should be no direct electrical connection between the phone line and the power line. If there is you have a serious safety issue to get cleared up right away. The phone line itself operates as a current loop ...


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We're having to make assumptions here that this is house wiring for an single analog phone circuit (POTS) as no specifics other than "it's a phone extension" are given. This is a four wire cable with a green/red and white/brown circuit. POTS requires a pair of wires. Your house could be wired having up to two separate phone lines if this is the only wire ...


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First obvious problem- you haven't wired it correctly. You have proven connectivity works with the long Ethernet cable so the fact you are failing to get lights shows that you need to sort this. Also getting signal on all the wires shows something is connected somewhere. Could be a splice as Steven mentioned, or some other problem. Is it even cat-5 cable? ...


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I’m not familiar with outlets in Belgium, but assuming they are typical European outlets, then it looks to be a high-voltage stove/oven or dryer electrical outlet (why it would be in the living room though is beyond me). The labels for the four connectors (a, b, S, ground) are curious, but presumably they are hot (a), hot (b), neutral (S), and ground: ...


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NEC 2008 800.133 Installation of Communications Wires, Cables, and Equipment. (A) Separation from Other Conductors. (1) In Raceways, Cable Trays, Boxes, and Cables. (c) Electric Light, Power, Class 1, Non–Power-Limited Fire Alarm, and Medium-Power Network-Powered Broadband Communications Circuits in Raceways, Compartments, and Boxes. ...


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This would be an intercom system, not a phone system. Most modern intercom systems have the ability to program rooms. If you need to use actual phone numbers than you are looking into getting a phone switch and multiple phone numbers from your telco (very $$$).


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Not much you can do other than make it easy on the technician to access all of your phone jacks, POTS runs, and where it enters the house. In my experience, however, the problem is likely on their end. If you want to test it yourself, find the line closest to the point it comes in to your house (the point just after it leaves the Century Link Box) and ...


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For simple telephone service it doesn't matter. You can run them all to one point or chain from one to the next. Whichever is easiest to run. For more advamced use of the phone wiring like DSL having the shortest total path of wire to the demarc point is preferable, with as few splices as possible. Which usually means running a cable from each jack to ...


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The OpenStage and OptiPoint phones also work with a SoftPhone system called Swyx. However this is not a cheap solution, but I can verify that it works. For the newer OpenStage phones, there is a SIP firmware for them, then you can connect them into any phone SIP based phone system such as Asterisk. I don't know about the OptiPoint devices as we retired them ...


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You will need a phone switch to make this work. I think these phones use a Siemens HiPath switch. The phone line from the phone company connects to the switch, then the phones connect to the switch. The switch will require detailed programming. You can probably find one cheap on eBay. However, I don't recommend this path. Instead, I recommend buying an ...


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A good starting point would be Google :) It's not overly difficult to do assuming you don't need the phones to ring. You just need a power source which depends on the length of the cable runs and number of phones. You can build a small system with a 9V battery even. If you need the phones to ring it's a bit more difficult as you need to apply 90V A/C at ...


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Well not to get into DSL troubleshooting but might as well throw this out first: When getting DSL service you may need to have filters on all phone jacks - even those not used. However you may or may not (you shouldn't) need a filter on the jack supplying your modem a feed. If you have a dual jack for your modem then I would try first unplugging phone ...


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Why dont you just get a set of walkie talkies? Thats what we use.


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From the 1940's till today Telcos went through 4 standardised system across the world.I am sure there were many other standards in various places... which makes things even more complicated. DACS2 is the most recent standard that allow for multi call, caller ID and Digital data on a single pair of wire. They are usually terminated with filters at your ...


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A trick I use: many cat5 cables come with feet markers printed right on the jacket. If I can see "252" on the one end, and it's about 50 feet to the other room, I'd expect to see 302 or 202 at the other end. Cat5 should be wired in a star pattern. But if they were using it for phone, perhaps it took a side trip to another jack. But even if it did, you ...


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STP should help. Just make sure to ground it properly, or the interference can be worse - like a long antenna.



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