DSL connection needed or not???

December 10, 2017 at 13:50:08
Specs: Windows 10
Hi there,
Do I need a DSL line for broadband?
- My house is fully wired with Cat5e cabling to every room, with other ends all leading to the utility room.
- The broadband technician stripped the cat 5e cable coming into the house (in utility), only used blue and blue/white wires and mounted a DSL panel to which he connected to the modem. Why would he not have just connected Cat5e wires in utility to panel in room with modem?
- The provider said that they need to use a DSL connection to install broadband. Is this true?
Any hep is appreciated.

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December 10, 2017 at 14:35:48
I suspect there's a confusion of terminology here. Digital Subscriber Line is a form of broadband, and Category 5 enhanced is a cable. So, if we took your question and turned it into an automotive question, it'd be akin to asking, "Do I need a van to have a motor vehicle? My house has a driveway."

The answer to both questions is, "There are other alternatives out there, but it in itself is a valid option."

The tech talk is that DSL was designed to work over the old telephone infrastructure, so that's what they're going to use. As for your home wiring, hopefully he mounted the DSL panel in the utility room. If so, you'll need to either plug in the used Ethernet cables into the modem, or, if there's not enough ports on the modem, you'll need to get a router big enough for the number of Cat 5e cables you care about, and plug that router into the modem.

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December 10, 2017 at 15:30:22
As Razor said, DSL uses telephone wiring. The incoming wiring not Cat cable & it is only 2 wires. Are you confusing the plug ends? https://www.salisbury.edu/helpdesk/...

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December 10, 2017 at 16:35:30
Broadband can be DSL, Cable (Cable TV), or FiberOptic (FIOS), you have DSL which as mentioned uses its connection to the internet over the traditional telephone a single copper pair wiring. It uses a higher frequency than your telephone uses so with a filter the signal does not effect the telephone.
The short answer is, yes you need the DSL UNLESS you change and get cable or FIOS for your internet.
Since you are using DSL I assume you are getting your TV via a satellite dish. If you change, you will probably change your TV as well as your Internet and possibly home phone as well if you use one.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 11, 2017 at 08:50:59
Thanks for the answers all. Apologies, as I'm a beginner on this.
Basically, he mounted the DSL box in the living room. TV is also coming from broadband.

The wire that is coming from outside the house is cat5 (cable 1). He used 2 wires in cable 1 (in the utility), crimped it to 2 wires in cable 2 (cable leading to living room) and then mounted the DSL box in the living room.
I take your point that he should have mounted the DSL box in the utility, but I still don't understand why he could not have just used cables 1 and 2 as they were without stripping them? Thanks again.

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December 11, 2017 at 09:46:45
Something isn't adding up here. I know of no DSL provider that provides TV channels over a DSL line (discounting streaming video sites like Hulu, Netflix, etc).

Who is your provider?

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December 11, 2017 at 13:46:51
Phone and DSL only come over a single pair of wires. If they used a Cat5 cable it was because the twisted pairs get less signal loss and interference that straight wires. The DSL box would be best placed close to your router/network/computer so that is where he placed it. It would be a better location for multiple connections, Wifi placement (central), and would not be exposed to large swings in temperature and humidity like a utility room might.

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December 12, 2017 at 14:07:44
I'm not sure what you mean by a DSL box? I have DSL in my home & it's nothing more than a modem/router combo that connects to the telephone landline. It doesn't get "mounted", it just sits there. Mine looks similar to this one: https://www.verizon.com/home/access...

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December 12, 2017 at 21:02:20
For those unaware about the latest DSL developments.

I assume there is a DSLAM cabinet close to the subscribers address.

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December 13, 2017 at 04:22:05
Thanks again.
Still a bit of confusion here, so I will try and clarify further.

When my house was built, it was built already set up with cat5 throughout the house. The cable bringing the broadband into the house is also cat5. All these cables lead to the same utility box.

The technician determined the cable coming into the house (cat5) and the cable leading to the living room (also cat5).He stripped these cables and used the blue and blue/white wires (from both cables) and crimped these together.

He then took the end of the cable in the living room (cat5 attached to on wall panel), took out of wall, stripped it for the same 2 wires and re-connected to this "DSL Box" which he mounted on the living room wall.
He then used a thinner cable (tagged DSL) to go from "DSL Box" to the modem.

My query is, did he need to use the "DSL Box" or could he have used the original cat5 panel?

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December 13, 2017 at 09:54:08
"The cable bringing the broadband into the house is also cat5"

Are you in the US? Where does this incoming CAT5 cable come from? Generally, the incoming service cable for DSL is copper telephone line aka POTS (plain old telephone service). Could it be you have fiber rather than DSL?



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December 13, 2017 at 17:16:49
The DSL box is needed to terminate the DSL-link and convert to Ethernet.
Are the CAT5 cables plugged to a Ethernet switch? Or just mounted on an path-panel?

If terminated on a patch panel, the ISP tech could have connected the outside cable with an RJ45 connected to the right position on the patch panel only using the one pair he needed. However at the modem side there is most likely an RJ11 input connector that doesn't fit the RJ45 LAN cable connector.

On the other hand he could have placed the DSLbox near the CAT5 panel and connect the outside cable to the DSLbox directly and connect the Ethernet output of the DSLbox to the desired cable the patch panel.

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