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Repurpose telephone line to ethernet

I have a (UK) telephone socket in the same corner of each of the three floors in my house. My broadband router is connected to the socket on the bottom floor. The wiring looks like the following: ...
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Am I OK cutting an unused cable TV incoming service cable attached to my house?

I have some tree limbs I need to cut but there is a wire under it going to a house I own and will eventually demolish. I think the wire is for internet. I called the local company to get it removed, ...
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Mystery telephone wiring device in old house

This mystery thing is mounted to a ceiling joist in the basement of a 1940s house. I have a couple of questions: What is it? Is there any reason I couldn't rip it out and run new Cat 5e's from the ...
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Wiring Ethernet through Telephone Cable

I have been researching this for some time now and feel that I am almost ready to begin. I have run into a slight problem though that I can't seem to find any answers for. The telephone cables in my ...
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What's the right way of removing an indoor telephone line?

I'm in the process of removing an old telephone jack that has wiring running along the wall. The jack is easily removed, but I'm unclear on what to do with the wiring. It seems short sighted and ...
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How can high and low voltage be mixed in a junction box?

So I'm aware of the standard rule of thumb, keep high and low voltage away from each other, preferably on opposite sides of a stud. However, while looking at some properties, I'm seeing telephone and ...
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How should I route my Romex and Network cables and can I safely drill another hole through this joist?

I am trying to run a bunch of network cables from my network switch in the basement into the attic so that I can disperse them throughout the second floor bedrooms. At the same time, I needed to ...
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Safe to remove out-of-service 3-line landline junction box by myself?

We have lived in this house 13 years. It's wired for a landline, but we've never used it. Previous owners must have had 3 business phones lines to the house. There is a junction box for those ...
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How do I replace original telephone jack with a new one?

I have what appears to be an original telephone jack from the 1980's that I wanted to replace with a white face to freshen it up. When I opened the back, I found that the wires are directly attached ...
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Is this odd device some kind of lightning arrestor or primitive fuse? Help identify

I found this in a junk box in an attic of a house built in the 1940's. The original house owner repaired appliances and took stuff in trade, so it may predate the house. It is on a ceramic base. It ...
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Can I use existing telephone wire as a pull for new cables?

I am moving into a new home shortly, built in the 1990s, and it has telephone jacks with POTS wiring that I do not plan on using. Ideally, I would love to run twisted pair cabling where the telephone ...
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What kind of socket is this?

I found it in my apartment's wall.
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Is it frequent to use two Ethernet cables for one phone line?

I'm experiencing some noise on my phone when it is connected in the wall. There's no noise when connected right in the modem. So I decided to check things out and I noticed something that seems odd ...
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How to prepare for a home service call from my DSL provider?

My DSL internet connection has been very unreliable and slow recently. I called my service provider this morning and they told me that they will be sending someone to my home this weekend to fix it. ...
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How do I find out what's wrong with my phone (DSL) line?

I'm trying to wire up a phone line on my land. I don't care about voice, just about internet (DSL). It's 1.5Mbps, the only speed available. The TELCO NID is on the same post as the power meter and ...
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Does anyone know if this is a Ethernet jack or a phone line?

I just moved in and I was wondering with this is? It has 6 pins but I have no idea what it is.
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Are there any disadvantages to switching from a punch-down distribution box to an RJ-45 one?

My house is wired for Ethernet, and it uses RJ45 jacks wired with Cat5 cables for POTS. I have no use for POTS, and I'd prefer to repurpose those jacks as additional Ethernet jacks. The Ethernet and ...
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What is an "indoor phone system" called?

I want to install a phone system that I can "call" within my house. What I mean is that I want to call my wife from my home office to my kitchen using a phone system; then my wife can use the phone ...
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How can I be sure there's a connection between the telephone line and the power line? (Answer: they should not be connected.)

I noticed there I can feel the electricity when I touch one of my telephone wires. I thought that we couldn't feel the 48 V that is usual for this kind of wire. Maybe one power line 127 V is ...
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How can I modify telephone Cat5 cables and jacks into Ethernet ports?

We just moved into a new house and I found out they used Cat5 to run the telephone network in the house. I found the junction where all the network/phone lines come together and disconnected all the ...
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How to wire modern telephone extension?

A telephone extension cable has been pulled from its socket. How do you rewire such a socket?
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Mystery telephone connection block in old cottage

enter image description hereThis is the old connection block as the wires come into our cottage. We have been trying to figure out why the phone stopped working
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What are my options for hiding/removing service panels from the outside of a house?

I'm trying to improve my curb appeal and I have several utility panels on the side of my house in full view, including cables running up and down the outside wall. Those were installed before I ...
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Can anyone suggest how to connect a CAT6 cable to the incoming 5 pair telephone cable?

The below image displays the incoming cable from the telephone provider. As far as I have searched it's a 5-pair telephone cable. I was suggested by the telephone company to replace the current ...
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Re-wire Cat5e RJ11 jacks to RJ45 ethernet

I just moved into a new (to me, but built in 2008) condo and am assessing the telecom situation. I'd like to get Ethernet connectivity to as much of the unit as possible, for wireless range extenders (...
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Get phone signal where there's no signal

I have a tiny house between two hills, in a mountain area. For few weeks I've been searching how to get phone signal there. There are two problems: there is no electricity the hills are blocking the ...
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power surges causing internet dropouts?

What I now know is that the problem is the power and not from ISP. The frequent almost hourly dropouts to the adsl started when I began using a Powerline Adapter. The dropouts would affect the ...
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Can I wire an extension into a Party line phone?

We have a 2 party line phone in a rural area in Canada. But we are the only party. Thus we get a cheaper rate and do not have to share. Win! However, we have only the old pulse phone with ...
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Inbound calls to one line cause other line to ring

Scenario: Residential Two VOIP telephone lines served by two Cisco SPA-122 boxes Each SPA-122 connects to separate Line 1 and Line 2 junctions in the house basement A single, 2-wire cable connects a ...
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Adapting RJ-45 to RJ-11? [closed]

I'm planning to rewire the networking in my home with Cat5e or Cat6 throughout. The wiring will go to a central patch panel, where my router and main switch will be located. One issue, though, is that ...
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How to merge two 66B4-3 phone blocks to join lines?

My house came with what I presume are 2 phone circuits. I've now connected one of them to VoIP service -- it works great for my wife's work. However, we'd like to move her office to a different room ...
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How to put telephone plate back to the wall

I have this telephone plate in the kitchen and the backsplash tile is brand new. I don't remember how it looks like before. There were only two wires coming out. Now I don't want to cut the tile and ...
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What is this mystery component

My father and I have been re-wiring our home's telephone lines, and in doing so, we found these components attached to loose wires. They are both labelled "3M". One says "C22" and the other says "...
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How can I make use of this non-standard network cabinet in my garage?

I have a network cabinet in my garage, but I've discovered that it seems to be a non-standard size, and I can't find anything to fit it. It looks to have been installed by the previous owners for ...
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To which terminals do you connect a phone jack?

I just had my house phone connected and it's wired through conduit in the wall, so everything looks as professional as possible. Unfortunately the phone company here in Mexico does not connect phone ...
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What's this wiring contraption in my closet?

I recently moved into an old apartment and found this contraption in a closet, with wiring going in different directions around the door frame. Some of the wires are cut in places mid-wall and have ...
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Can I repurpose this RJ45 setup for phone to run as Ethernet?

So my home is wired with what I thought looked like Ethernet ports. After trial of plugging in my computer and seeing that the ports weren't working as Ethernet cables, I dug deeper. The wires that ...
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Do I need an ADSL faceplate if I am not using my phone line?

I have a bulky ADSL faceplate on my phone socket, and it's taking a lot of room, so I can't put furniture in from of it. I don't use my phone line, so I was wondering if I could use a slim standard ...
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Why do phone and cables companies leave their cables behind, and what to do about it?

Lately while walking the dogs I've noticed a lot of unused cable dangling down from the (quaint) phone poles all around our town. As far as I can tell from both its position on the pole and the ...
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splicing a 25 pair telephone riser

I have a phone riser in my apartment (25 copper pair, originally but only 18 left going past my floor) carrying Verizon phone service. I have to move it over 3' to a different wall, so that means ...
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How is telephone distributed in a home?

I know in modern commercial buildings, "phone" jacks are wired like data with CAT5e (or higher) cabling to a patch panel on a 19" rack. How does it work in small home with POTS?
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For phone jack, which terminals are used by modem?

I have a new telephone jack to replace the old on the wall outlet. The new jack is confusing and I'm new to this. I think I may have messed with the wiring, and I don't understand which wire should go ...
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Telephone Termination Block upgrade

I recently moved into a house which has a screw type termination block: I am trying to get DSL service and self-install is not working so they are sending a technician out. I will get charged $100 ...
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How can I run voice over existing coaxial cable?

I've been doing home improvement projects for a while and one thing that I've made use of the most is taking advantage of existing cabling in the walls that isn't being used. The project that did this ...
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Is it within code to run ent conduit into a junction box on the exterior of the home?

I am in the construction process for a new home. I asked the Low Voltage Contractor to run conduit to about 13 places inside the house. In addition to that I asked for a run to the exterior of the ...
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No dial tone on phone jacks

The phone box is located inside my house. It had listed on it there were 3 phone lines in the box . Since I moved in never had a home phone . Just went to get Internet service needing a phone line . ...
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Internal Only Home PBX Intercom Using Vintage Wired Phones [closed]

I would like to set up a home PBX that is INTERNAL only. All of the other tutorials I see include an element of hooking to an outside line. I assume this is to draw the power needed. I would like ...
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Where should I connect a second slave phone box?

Hi I'm new to doing diy jobs, but I already wired up a slave phone line to the master box. I'm now looking to wire a 3rd box up, would I wire this off the slave box or the master ?
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Help identify wiring adapter involving Cat 5e cable?

We recently moved into a 1960's house. 4 of the bedrooms have dual RJ-45 and RJ-11 receptacles. When I got cable installed, they had to run a new wire from the telephone pole out front. I was told the ...
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What can I do about a phone jack protruding from the wall?

I just moved into a home built in 1962 and so there are still a bunch of land-lines connected. I just removed a telephone from my kitchen that had a phone jack behind it. See the picture below: What ...
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