at the minute, ive got a network installed in my house which consists of a few cat5 ports running wires into a standard switch.
I wanted to know if I could easily incorporate my phone system into the same network setup without the need for much additional hardware.
I only have 1 telephone line to the big wide world, so i wanted to know if i could piggyback the telephone system on the same wiring system I currently have setup for my ethernet.
Im not sure on power outputs of the telephone system (i think its 12v??) - its standard BT (in the UK) so i wasnt sure if this power would affect my ethernet at all, or whether I would need an entirely different network to get my telephone spread around the house.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated
ps i dont actually have IP phones, i just wanted this solution as i find it easier working with ethernet rather than with both ethernet and rj45 cable
Unfortunately no. While 2 pairs on the Cat5 are not used for 100mbit Ethernet, there is no way the switch is going to carry over your phone signals.
If you really want to do it you can strip the wires near the switch and use the blue or brown pairs for your telephone. This would be rather messy and also could cause interference in the network (since the wires would be against each other unshielded).
I would not recommend that you do it unless you are really desperate or like to experiment. Your best bet is to use different wiring for the telephone.
You can use the same cable for both ethernet and phones.
10 or 100 Meg ethernet only uses 2 out of the 4 pairs in the cable so you could have the same cable carrying phone and ethernet. I've been on many sites where they have done this. What will not work however is Gigabit as this uses all 4 pairs in the cable, and you will need at least cat 5e cable for gigabit.
You do not need a POE ethernet switch unless you are going to use an IP phone. The standard BT/NTL phone is not an IP phone
You also need to remember that the connection from the master telephone socket in the UK is 3 wires. 1 Pair for the connection and the 3rd wire for the ringing. You will need secondary phone sockets for the phones. I cannot remember what pins in the phone socket should be wired.
I think you need to look at what you want to do. The standard phone plug is a different connector to the ethernet RJ45, so if you wired up your phone cable to ethernet sockets the telephone line cord would not fit. If you are not going to use gigabit ethernet then you can use the spair 2 pairs in the ethernet cable and wire these to a phone socket in each room. If you are going to use gigabit later run in seperate cable for the phones, they only need 2 pair cable so that may be cheaper than UTP ethernet cable. Use cat 5e or cat 6 for the ethernet cable.
Have you thought about a digital cordless phone, it could save a great deal of trouble.
the only thing i dont get is i split the cables and the link worked still,
and i also used the other splitted side connected to aaccess point (in the wall) and the computer worked fine linked over the cables and added to the system switch furthest way, (using the link cable to do)
This "run multiple things over one Cat5 cable" need is more common now with cable boxes and other AV equipment by your TV wanting Internet and phone jacks, as well as the traditional uses, and so it is worth keeping this thread alive. In case anyone new is trying to do this sort of thing, and has Cat5 and is willing to accept the 10/100 Ethernet limitations (not really that bad in most cases) consider information at "http://www.duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/ats/index.h..." which explains with diagrams how one can split up the cat 5 8 wires (4 pairs), and then consider that one side of this split could be phones (up to two phone lines).
The split side of pre-built jacks that do two 10/100 network lines on one cable without you having to re-wire your cat5 ends is commonly available all over searching for "cat5 splitter" on Google, but having a phone jack and an Ethernet jack is not so common. I did find "dualcomm" on eBay selling ethernet/phone as "2X RJ45/RJ11 Splitters For Phone/Ethernet Line Sharing". To this sort of solution, you need two for each run of wire (one at each end). For networking, be sure to get Base-T stuff, and not mistakenly some Token Ring stuff (both use wide 8 wire RJ45 ends).
The items I talk about above do not really address the sharing of phone around a whole ethernet network, because as "choknuti" notes switches and routers are not going to carry that stuff. VOIP is better for that. Instead, it applies to individual runs of wire, and the wiring itself naturally forces 10/100 and separates the lines removing your need to think at all (plug-n-play). But, in many cases, and perhaps even the original one that started the thread, that might be just fine. In specific, Dish Network boxes in 2009 benefit from both a phone and Ethernet connection which is what prompted me here; using this sort of solution your old Cat5 wire might come in handy.