I bought one of those wall plates that accepts 4 phone or Ethernet
jacks. I intend to use it for 1 ethernet and 3 phone jacks. (Phone,
answering machine and fax on my desk, if you must know). I got the
punch-down type of jacks. I'm thinking of trying to connect the three
phone jacks in parallel by punching in more than one wire into each
terminal. In other owrds, from Ma Bell to the first jack, the first to
the second and the second to the third. Has anyone tried this?
He probably meant just what he said. It's undoubtably a modular
faceplate that accepts various types of jacks.
If the three phone devices are in different directions, I guess you'd
have to have the three phone lines running from the jack. If not I'd
prefer to use one line and use a 3-way splitter.
It's a less cluttered
Probably not- he probably means one of those overpriced 'modular' systems
the big-box sells. You buy an old-work low-voltage mounting ring, the plate
with six positions, and snap in as many jacks as you want. (For the 'hub'
end, they sell a hundred dollar plastic box to hold more connectors.) I
looked at everything the big-boxes had when pondering replacing the inside
wiring here. The quality, selection and prices didn't impress me, being
familiar with what we pay for the real stuff at work. When and if I ever get
around to doing the work, I'll order a real 110 panel, a reel of cable, and
proper keystone jacks, on-line, and do the work properly.
Just to be clear; you have ethernet on one jack,
and want to parallel the other three on a
separate phone line?
Keep in mind, you probably won't get a good
connection pressing more than one wire into a
punch-down; better to run a short wire from
each punch-down, then use crimp-on connectors
with the Ma Bell lines.
Other than that, it should be fine. Telco's
parallel phone jacks all the time. Just be SURE
to wire the same terminals on each of the three.
A common wiring technique is th literally daisy-chain parallel
punch-downs.Unsheath enough wire so that it can pass through all three
jacks. Ordimarily with a single punch down, the excess wire would be
trimmed off near the pinch point. But with daisy chaining, leave enough
wire to go to the next jack. Punching tools, if they cut the excess
wire, have a reversible blade with a non-cutting end.
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