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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 5:28 pm    Post subject: Is a phone block required? Reply with quote Back to top

I have moved into a new house and there isn't a niu or phone block, just two cat5 wires hanging out of the vinyl siding. Can I simply splice the two together to connect all the phone ports in the house?

Or do I need a Leviton 1x9 Bridged Telephone Module or something else?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Is a phone block required? Reply with quote Back to top

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I have moved into a new house and there isn't a niu or phone block, just two cat5 wires hanging out of the vinyl siding. Can I simply splice the two together to connect all the phone ports in the house?

Or do I need a Leviton 1x9 Bridged Telephone Module or something else?


Some kind of interface block would certainly be preferred, but it isn't absolutely necessary. I assume both of the cat5 wires go into the house and there are no wires from a local phone company. Is this correct? If so, connecting the two cat5's together, joining like colors, should get your inside jacks hooked together. Be sure to insulate and protect the spliced ends somehow.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

you might look around to see if you have a punch block already installed in your house..... those 2 cables might just go from the punch block to the outside for the telco to hook up to ..


if so you would just need to protect those outside wires from water so they don't short your home wiring if it rains.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

You might be right, but I don't know why they'd run 2 cat 5's outside if they had a proper junction box inside. Sounds like a bare minimum installation.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The home is likely pre-wired for a security system, and that's why there are two CAT5 wires hanging on the outside. That's exactly how my home was wired when it was built. If that's the case then there is nothing you have to do with those wires unless you're planning on using Vonage with your home's monitored security system. In my home the wires were hanging from the outside, and were coming from a box in the garage where all of the house's cable and telephone wires started. I just opened up the box, and pulled those wires inside the box so that they wouldn't just be hanging outside. If I ever did get a land line (gosh forbid) all the telephone tech would have to do is push those wires back through.

Since phone lines and CAT5 are a parallel circuits you don't have to do any special wiring. Just plug your Vonage router's phone adapter into one of the home's phone jacks, and the signal should go to every jack in the house.

Just in case this helps... when I setup Vonage in my house I did run into a few problems because no phone company had ever come to set up the home's wiring since I was starting off my newly built home fresh with Vonage. I had to add a phone jack into the computer room, which can be a messy job having to climb in the attack splicing into the CAT5 cable. it was also hard to tell which was cable for the telephone system and which was for the alarm since all of the cable was CAT5 and the same color. Of course I ended up splicing into the wrong one, but that was easily fixed. I would suggest keeping a cordless phone up in the attic with you while you're working so you can test the jacks without having to run back downstairs constantly. Another issue I ran into while wiring was the builder wired all of the phone jacks in the house wrong. They just randomly hooked up the wires to the jacks, so if you find one (or all in my case) aren't working even after you have wired everything that could be the cause. Just unscrew the face plates and make sure all of the colored wires match up properly.

Anyway, I hope that helps. If I had known all those things when I wired my home I would have been able to do it in half the time. I've now had Vonage setup as my family's sole phone service since November 2004, and it continues to work great.

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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Good points. Thanks for the tips. If one of those cat5's is for a security system, then the original poster needn't splice them together, as you said.

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