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Old October 13, 2011, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by lcdguy View Post
sounds like the used 4 pair to run the phone drops to each room. If it's 4 pair your in luck. All you would need to do is connect the pair wires to a patch panel. Then patch in cables to the router/switch for the home network.

However doing this will remove the ability to connect a standard phone to the jack. The T and R are for the phone (Tip and Ring).

Honestly if they aren't using the jacks for phones just wire them up as explained above.

you will need to identify what kind of cable was used Cat5, Cat5e or Cat6 so you get the right gear. Most of the stuff you need can be obtained super cheap from monoprice.

I wish my house was wired with 4 pair instead of the stupid 2 pair.
Cat5e is used more commonly than Cat5 and the difference between Cat5e and 6 is so minimal that most people just use Cat5e regardless.

In regards to Gear for networking with Cat5e or 6 it makes no difference.
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