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I have a few questions regarding the UVerse setup that
pertain to the hardware/wiring.
I understand that UVerse is fiber-optic to the "box" in the
local neighborhood area (called a "VRAD", is that correct?),
and from there, it comes to your house on ordinary copper
pair, just as DSL (over the phone lines).
Once it gets to the network interface on the outside of the
house, how many wires run from the outside to the inside?
Just 2 (a single "pair" going to the residential gateway)?
(With DSL, the voice and DSL channels at my house are
"split" at the network interface, one pair for voice, the
other for DSL, 4 wires total).
If I choose to convert my voice telephone from ordinary
"landline" to VOIP through UVerse, the "plain ol'" phone
line begins at the residential gateway, is that correct?
Also, where does the battery backup unit get wired in?
Diid you choose cat5 or coax for the connection between the
RG and the set-top box? Any particular reason to choose one
over the other?
Here's my current setup, and how I'd like to "convert" it
over to UVerse:
I live in an old house (1911). My computers/router are
upstairs, and rather than try drilling through floors and
plaster walls, when I "modernized" my phones (back in the
years when you had a second phone line for internet, no DSL
yet!) I bought some heavy-duty "outdoor"
red/green/yellow/black 4-conductor phone line, and ran it
from a terminal block just inside the cellar (where the line
from the network interface comes in), OUTSIDE the house, and
back in through a hole in the outside wall where a tv cable
once went through.
Upstairs I just split off the r/g for voice and y/b for
internet. It's worked fine for years now, no problems with
the physical wiring at all.
When my sister finally got a laptop, I got a 75' cat 5
ethernet cable, and just ran it along the walls and
downstairs and "left it loose" down there, so she could just
plug in when needed. Not sophisticated, but it works. I
recently added a second wireless router downstairs (upstairs
router is an old "wired only" model) so we have the option
of wired or wireless downstairs now.
What I'd like to do with UVerse (rather than have the
installer guy trying to drill from the upstairs to the
Assuming the line is just 2-wires coming into the house from
the network interface, I'd like to run it to my junction
block, and then send it upstairs to the residential gateway
on two wires of my r/g/y/b cable. I'll connect the gateway,
and split the phone signal and then run the phone _back
to my foyer phone via the other two conductors.
There's no tv upstairs, only downstairs (where the computer
gets used there). I'd like to take the existing 75' ethernet
cable, and just use that to run from the residential gateway
to the set-top box. Actually, I'm wondering (since the
signal is ethernet) if I can't run from the RG to the
downstairs router, and then run another cat5 from the LAN
port on the back of the router to the set-top box? Or, must
there be a "direct connection" between the RG and the
I suppose I could just leave it all to the install guy, but
I'd rather play a more active roll in the installation, for
no other reason that to have a clear understanding of how it
works should I encounter problems down the line and need to