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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: Wiring Question Reply with quote Back to top

I had started to ask this in an existing topic, but wanted to start a new one to see if anyone else had any experience with this. I have cat 5 cable running from one point to all the jacks in the house. Currently the only thing on them is the pots line. I just signed up for Vonage and am not quite ready to get rid of the regular line yet. Can I run the Vonage line over the same cable as the pots line but on a different pair, then install a double jack (2 separate jacks, not a splitter) on the other end, one for Vonage one for pots? That way I have flexibility to have the pots line, Vonage, or both anywhere in the house.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

as long as the wiring you're gonna use for the Vonage is isolated within your house only that should work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've never tried it but yeah it would work. No different then having two lines on your POTS. Blue/blue white for line 1 and Orange/orange white for line 2. Be sure you really know what you are doing though. You don't want to mess it up and end up feeding the voltage of your POTS to the Vonage adapter because you will probably fry it. Also, unless you have two line phones you won't be able to use both at each jack. You will have to wire some for Vonage and others for POTS.

Since you started a new thread, I thought I would post my old comment here as well. Hopefully you get a couple more opinions so you feel comfortable making it a go.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, I did come across this which suggests it would work. I did think about using a two line phone, but after reading this I might hold off on that.

http://www.vonage-forum.com/home-wiring-installation-guide-page-two.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It definitely works. Many people have done it; I did for awhile. One suggestion: If you connect the Vonage box to the wiring by plugging it into one of the phone jacks, use a cheap patch cord to do it- one with only two wires (one pair) in it, instead of a good cord with all four. At least one Vonage adapter- the D-link VTA- has shown some odd behavior when a fully populated cord is used to plug it in. And, as Tglea said, be sure you understand what you're about before you do it.

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