|Now THAT is a cool trick CurtR, though I would never tell my phone guys that [cuz I want mine wired right :-)]|
We have been using Cat5e for phones as well since it gives you 4 phone lines (4 pairs) per cable. Typically, when punching them to the BIX block we use the colored order FishMonger described (blue, orange, green, brown)
So the first phone line is always the blue pair.....which matches up nicely with the blue pair in a RJ-45 outlet when you plug the RJ-11 jack into it.
Another handy thing our Telecom technician came up with is a BIX block that comes with RJ-45 outlets attached. We use those in conjunction with VoIP. You punch it in the closet next to your normal BIX block and near the patch panels for the network stuff. Then, when a user requires an analog line in their office (for a fax or modem) you just punch the connection to the BIX block that's connected to an RJ-45 outlet and jumper a patch cable from the BIX RJ-45 to the appropriate port in the patch panel and then plug the RJ-11 for the fax/modem at the other end and you're done.
If your telco guys aren't familiar with this, the following link show's an image of what I'm talking about (click on the image to make it bigger):
The ones we typically use are a single BIX with 8 or 12 RJ-45's connected to it.
The blue pair retains the exact same position in both the A and B standard. Which is to say, the middle two pins of the eight total.
This is true of course unless you're punching a crossover for 1000 Mbps bandwidth in which case all 4 pairs are reversed instead of just the orange/green pair.
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