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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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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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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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Firstly, I don't know what your specific situation is, but it sounds like what you're trying to do might be illegal. You're potentially messing with people's emergency services (911 access) and Verizon might own the cable you're trying to mess with. But, I'll assume you've worked this out somehow, and take no responsibility for your actions. I used to work ...


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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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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 Outdated NEC reference: 800-52(a)(1)c.1.Exception 1.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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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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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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It depends. If it was installed originally, it should be stapled, in which case you can't use it. If it was fished through the wall after the fact then yes you should be able to pull using it. I would recommend pulling polyline first and then pulling the new cable through, along with another piece of polyline. The cable will stretch and break if you ...


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Well, your pictures have twigged an occasional issue I run into where I can't see them, (likely not your fault) but flying blind.... From a functional point of view you really don't have to worry about separation. Twisted pair is actually quite good at ignoring noise, and 60 Hz noise is of little note to 100MHz ethernet anyway. You can do it all wrong and ...


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You have a very good answer from @Ecnerwal, this answer just adds a couple additional considerations. The first: conduit. While you have the walls open, install conduit to the attic. This will give you better protection from interference if you use something metallic, and of course better mechanical protection, and better fire safety. Conduit gives you ...


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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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L1, L2 cross-references to TIP and RING respectively per standard US phone nomenclature. TX/TS can be wired as the second line TIP2/TX, RING2/TS or a sort of daisy chain, but in a single line system, can be ignored. Wiring on this will be Green => Tip => L1 Red => Ring => L2 This pair will connect to the center pair of contacts in the modular ...


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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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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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Those are RJ45s not RJ11s. RJ11's only have 4 pins. An RJ11 fits into the center 4 pins of this jack though. Q1 Whether one is left or right I can't tell but the top is definitely for one jack and the bottom is for the other jack. Q2 leave your white on 5 and blue on 4 like all the diagrams below. You can use 568A and the orange pair for the second line ...


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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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A few things: You're relocating what I assume is an old 66-block. You cannot "splice" the wires. You need to keep them in the block. So your solution must be to add another block elsewhere to reroute the wires and "hiding" the current block? It will be fine to use 22AWG rather than the current 24AWG It is probably ok for the POTS network to have parallel ...


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It would help to know what your old phone make and models were and what the models of the new phones you got are. Based on what you provided so far I have a feeling your old system was a keyed system with a KSU or possibly a pbx and your new phones work without a KSU. The new phones are not compatible with your current phone system. In a keyed system with ...


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I am unfamiliar with these particular types of connectors but they're some sort of 8P8C connectors. What country are you in? A1) Not knowing these types of connectors... best way is to just test it out to see which one is left and which one is right. Connect one pair of wires to the top and see which port has signal. A2) Connect the white/blue to the ...


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I posted a similar question a few days ago hoping to get responses from people who maintain wiring regularly but no luck. I know that people do this and I've even seen it done but didn't think to pay attention back then. I've done similar things myself replacing phone and thermostat wires for short runs. Sometimes it's easy sometimes it's difficult ...


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Yes, it is likely that the phone wire will be stapled in place. However, the staples that I have seen used are not all that resilient and they are used sparingly. Often there are no more than three below the header, usually there are less. Only the installer knows though and he could have been trying to use up what he had on hand. The best way to proceed ...


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I did this once, on a 25-pair cable, back when I worked in the campus TV studio in college. It's fairly simple, but a bit tedious, and a single splice is about 2 feet long. Basically, you take off the outer jacket, split the 25 pairs into the 5 groups of 5 pairs that are inside, then make sure you've matched up with the pairs on the mating cable. You want ...



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