TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Using Existing Home Telephone Wiring

Using Existing Home Telephone Wiring

BrianEWilliams (
21 Apr 2005 05:50:15 -0700

I have POTS wired through the house. Is it simple to get my VoIP
service to use this wiring? The optimist in me says all I have to do
is turn off POTS, run a wire from the telephone jack on the VoIP
router, and plug it into a telephone wall jack. The realist in me says
this would be way too simple. Any thoughts?

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: You are on the right path, Brian. Just
make _absolutely_ positive that the POTS line is removed _at the
demarc_ where it cannot get in the way. Dialtone from the POTS line
colliding with dialtone from VOIP means disaster for your VOIP adapter
which will probably fry out. It probably won't hurt the telco central
office switch -- although 'they' may have to go reset a fuse
sometimes -- but it can mean death to the VOIP adapter if voltage from
the one comes in contact with the other. And don't just remove a
couple wires on a local box somewhere unless you know your house
wiring _very well_; go outside to the demarc or wherever it is and
pull the wires from central out of the way there. PAT]

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