Originally Posted by Tlhfirelion
Hey folks. Not sure if I have the right forum but it seemed like the best fit. Mods, please direct me elsewhere if this isn't the right catagory or even the right forum. Thank you.
My house has a mess of old copper phone wire running all over the place and we've not used it in years for anything but DSL. It's got all kinds of splices sealed with electrical tape, splitters, etc, I want it gone. We live in the country so the best we can get is DSL which is fine since we don't game, or anything data heavy. I'm sick of the wires and some mice have gotten into the crawl space and damaged some wires. The mouse problem has been dealt with but I want to just rip it all out and run a line for the wireless router and maybe one jack for a hard line connection. I'm decently handy but am not up on phone or data. It seems simple enough but I'm here for advice.
The phone line comes from the street and hits the box on the outside of the house. (Plz see pic).
I assume I just run a wire from this box to the data plate wherever I want to put it in the house and there's my router connection?
What I havent a clue on is what type of wire to use. I've read online to use CAT 6 which is fine, the run I am planning is only about 30' so no big deal. Is that a waste and should I just use new copper phone wire?
Any advice is appreciated.
For 30' don't bother with the cat 5.
Just use the copper wire and you will be fine. That's a 2 pair going into your POE (point of entry).
If color code is followed the tech would use red/green for 1st line
and black / yellow is used for a 2nd line .
Sometimes color code isn't followed if one wire has trouble ..say a ground on it. So the tech would use the black or yellow to fix line 1 if there was no 2nd line.
Anyway...buy some quad (2 pair copper wire) and use red and green from the POE to jack . Wire it up in jack or back of jack if it's a wall plate jack.
If you use a jack there will be 4 wires in there with same color code. Just match the red with red and green with green . Skin wire back to expose the copper and wrap under screw then screw them down..
If it's a wall plate do the same . Some wall plates only have screws with no color code. So just wire it to first line in wall plate . They might be numbered 1 ..2...3...4.
So wire red and green to 1 and 3 or it might be 1 and 2.
Then just plug in your modular cord to jack and out to whatever you are using it for.
Make sure your copper wires don't touch each other ,otherwise you will short it out creating a busy signal.
Polarity doesn't have to be followed ,but It's always good to follow the color code ..makes it easier to trouble shoot later on .
Check youtube for video on how to wire landline phonejack.