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using traditional phone service and VOIP in the same house - can I wire it with the same cat 3 wire?

Posted on 2004-08-09
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I have a house that has been wired with cat 3 cable for phone service.  I also have cat 5 for ethernet connections in many rooms.  I have purchased Verizon for my work phone - need to be sure it's 'always on' in the event of a power outage. I have purchased VOIP thru my cable company using a Cable Modem.   Is there a way to wire the cat 3 cable, such that I can use that cable for both the voip phone service and the verizon service?   I would like to have the work line in more than my home office, in the event of an emergency.   I have a patch cable board that verizon installed.  the cat 3 lines all work for traditional phone service.  I'd like to use whatever is necessary of the 6 remaining wires in the cat 3 cable, to also split off and have both VOIP and traditional phones at some jacks.  I appreciate any comments.
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No problem!


Standard phone wiring suports 2 lines.   Just make VOIP your  Line2

If you have the Voip phone adaptor ...just plug a standard wall cable from it to a wall outlet, and it will provide dialtone throughout the house on the "inside pair" or line1 .  Or buy a Radio Shack line1 to Line2 adaptor to put the Voip on line2.
Note: I am assuming you will want a 2 line phone in some locations...if not you can swap the wires on the back of the wall outlets to choose which line you have at which location.  Also...make sure your phone cables are 4 wire (4 gold pins show on end connectors...not 2).

Just make sure you don't connect your Telco line to the same pair...it is probably on Line1 right now



Phone wiring on the 4 pin connector is       Line 1 = inside pair
                                                                Line2 = outside pair

          1                  
         __
    |   |  |   |
    |   |  |   |

    2           2

Most likely all outlets are already wired for 2 lines per the above ...if not , well you have that patch panel.

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