Running telephone cable over Cat5e cable to the central wiring closet
Posted on 2007-12-03
I am wiring a new office for a client and while I know how to handle the networking cable for the computers, the telephone connection is a bit different.
The electrician has run Cat5e cable but decided he didn't want to add the jacks or patch panels, so I am having to do it myself. No other contractors in the area will take the time for such a "small job".
The outlets I have (female ends) are 6 pin, and standard analogue phones will be used (with 4 pin male ends) if this makes any difference.
The outlets are colour coded so punching the Cat5e cable into them is no problem (the Brown and White-Brown wires appear to be unused). My problem is going to be the back end in the wiring closet. The office will have 2 incoming lines (may be increased to 4 lines in the future).
What do I have to do in the wiring closet? I don't think I would use the same type of patch panel that I use for Ethernet, as the outlets are too large for phone cables.
We are not planning on combining the ethernet and phone lines on 1 cable, they will be separated.
I've found good stuff on ethernet cabling, just not for telephone work.