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Disclaimer: When dealing with all wiring you need to know what you are working with and the potential dangers. Telco lines can have high voltage and can shock you during ring cycles. What I'm describing is what I've done, but please proceed at your own risk. Hire a qualified installer if you have any doubts or questions regarding your wiring or its safety.
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My general wiring situation is similar to yours and here is what I've done to "hard wire" my house with Vonage. It is actually very straight forward and will probably make sense to you when you look at your wiring.

Cat5 has 4 twisted pairs - if are using it for phone only, you have the capacity for 4 seperate lines. If you are sharing one Cat5 for phone and ethernet, you have the capacity for two seperate phone circuits and ethernet (ethernet uses only two pairs).

I took a spare pair from the Cat5 (doesn't matter what color, just so long as you are consistent on both ends and it isn't already in use) and using a modular wall plate avail. at Home Depot/Lowes/etc. terminated an additional RJ11jack at the wall plate of the room that I have my modem/router/phone adapter, so that I now have two phone jacks at that outlet.

The new outlet is for connecting the Vonage adapter, which becomes in essense your new telco demarc. At my punch panel where everything comes together (the garage in my case) I removed the feeder pair that connected the punch panel to the telco niu, and punched down the pair that I've just connected to the new second jack. Removing the feeder pair from the NIU seperates your inside wiring from the telco completely and means no matter what the telco does, it can't affect your inside wiring.

Now you can plug your Vonage adapter into the new second jack that has replaced your Telco demarc, and it will feed all the house jacks just like the telco did, including the original jack in the room where you added the second jack. If you put a volt meter across the pair that is connected to the Vonage adapter, it should measure 48VDC, (or very close to it) just like you should see across the now removed pair going to the telco NIU (assuming you still have telco service as well).

To ensure I remembered in the future, and to inform others who may touch the wiring, I labled the appropriate wall plate jack as "VoIP Adapter Only" and labled the wire pairs at the punch panel respectively as "From Voip Adapter", and "From Telco Demarc - Do Not Connect When Voip Adapter is Connected"

If you don't have ethernet to a room that you want to place the Vonage adapter, you can at the same time add an RJ45 to the modular wall plate ( a triple opening with mix and match plug in jacks that use simple wire punch downs for connections) using two of the Cat5 pairs.

Alternatively, from your description, you could just terminate a male RJ11 to a piece of Cat5 and connect to the Vonage adapter and simply punch it down at the other end in place of the telco demarc (after removing the telco feeder pair) as you suggest. The only down side that I see to that is the hardware isn't easily observable to monitor LED status and to reset if needed.



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Patch panel, cat 5 wiring.


Well here goes. I'm currently trying to wire a new townhouse with vonage.
just my opinion I guess, but I would never run a phone line on the spare wires of an
I wouldn't recommend touching your inside wiring unless you know what you're
Michael, There is a very easy solution to your problem. All you need to do is

ChrisFix posted "Disclaimer: When dealing with all wiring you need to know what you are working" on 10/02/2005

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