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Cat5e Wire and DSL Modem

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January 16, 2010 at 19:47:08
Specs: Windows XP
I just bought a home and it is wired with cat5.
I had my att dsl service set up to work without
a local phone line.

On my 2wire dsl wireless modem/router it has
a connection for a phone line and Ethernet

Here is the problem. It appears the
telephones in my house are wired with cat5e
wires. The telephone wire that is required to
go into my 2wire modem is a normal telephone
jack head not a cat5e head.

Is there an adapter I can buy or does anyone
have advice on how I can handle this situation
to get my dsl working?

If I plug in the data wire (cat5e) to the Ethernet
port on the dsl modem I get a local connection
but I just cant get on the internet. I am
assuming this is because I don't have the
phone wire running into the dsl modem.

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January 16, 2010 at 20:35:18
Some homes are wired with cat5 but the jacks could be for phone rj-11. I'd guess they make a rj-45 to rj-11 Be sure you know what comes out of the phone interface box. I guess on some newer homes it could be some sort of data.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 16, 2010 at 20:51:53
To be honest all the cat5e wires run to a closet and the home
does not have any phone jacks. There are cat5e wires
labeled phone master bedroom, but the only thing there is a
cat5e box.

I believe it is wired to handle data and phone over the same
cat5e wire. Is this possible?

If I plug the cat5e wire labeled master bedroom phone into the
local Ethernet port on my dsl modem then connect my
computer in the master bedroom with a cat5 wire I get a local
connection. I just cant get on the internet.

Anyone got any ideas on how I can trouble shoot this to get
on the internet?

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January 16, 2010 at 21:57:45
Think it is time for more detailed look at what you have.

I doubt they'd put both on the same connector. You should have a box outside labeled something like interface or other technical term but really is a connector box. That is where your phone comes in. That is the same as DSL.

It could be that you have a modem actually outside or down the street too if you have very new neighborhood.

Could it be it was never wired for phone?

Again be sure you don't have some newer setup. Call att (haha if you can get someone to answer you)

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 20, 2010 at 07:31:21
It could be that you have a modem actually outside or down the street too if you have very new neighborhood.

A highspeed modem is essentially a media converter. In the case of xDSL, it converts from one pair to four (ie: 2 wire to 4 wire). In the case of cable, it converts from coax to 4 pair. The modem also does standard modulate/demodulate.

As such, the modem has to go inside the house. There are no modems down the street I'm sorry to say.

We use RJ-45 (network) ports for phones all the time where I work. An RJ-11 plug (telephone) will fit into an RJ-45 and the two wires in the middle of the RJ-45 (blue and white/blue) will match up with the two in use in a phone cable.......providing the RJ-45 has been punched correctly.

I highly recommend before you try anything else you test to see if the phones work. If you can get a phone to work, then the DSL should also work since it comes from the phone line and then goes into the modem.

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