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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:25 pm    Post subject: Connecting to an old network Reply with quote Back to top

I am living in an old house that uses the old style lighting protectors-one is old and one is really old. (I have pictures of the protectors but they are in a JPEG format and I don't know how to insert them into this message.) I currently have two lines and I think that one line is landed on each protector. (I am going to go back to a single line so this isn't an issue.) These protectors are located in a closet in one corner of the basement of my house.

The broadband feed comes into the house in the basement as well but across the room from the closet that contains the telephone interface. The cable modem is located near this entry point. Because my main house computer is located upstairs and not near the cable modem, I am using a wireless router to “connect” the cable modem to my computer. As I understand it, the Vonage adapter connects to the router and then can be plugged into any phone jack (via some length of RJ-11). Well, I do not have any phone jacks in the basement or near where the Vonage adapter is going to be located. Instead, can I simply plug a phone cable into the Vonage adapter and run it over to the where the lighting protectors are located and then splice into one set of the outgoing (red & green) wires to pick up the phone network in my house? What is the maximum length of phone cable that can be run between the phone adapter and the splice point?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, you can do what you propose. The two big 'be carefuls' here are disconnecting the outside lines and splicing into the existing system.

If you have wires coming from outside your house headed to lightning arrestors I would leave them be. What happens to the lightning if it doesn't go to the arrestor? However you can disconnect the inside wiring from the lightning arrestor with significantly less risk.

I would suggest posting your pictures. You will have to find somewhere to host them on the Internet that allows you to link to them. Your ISP may provide free web space for you. Once you do that you can use the [img]http://image path[/img] tag to add your images to a post.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Can the D-Link VTA run a "network"? Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for the reply, scerruti.

Another question, just be sure.
Just about everything I have read says you can pick up the whole house network by connecting the output of the phone adapter to any phone jack. But the step by step instructions for that product say to connect the output of the adapter directly to a phone. Can the D-Link VTA drive a house network (with three phones)?
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I haven't been able to find a user's manual for the D-link ATA, but this usually isn't a problem. Most adapters can drive a number of "ringer equivalents", and most modern phones are only a fraction of one ringer equivalent.

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