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Running Ethernet & Analog Phone on same Cat5

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January 18, 2012 12:46:42 AM

Hello,

All the wiring in my home is Cat 5 (4 pair). I would like to take an existing phone jack location and add an ethernet port. Is there any risk of interference when using 2 pairs for ethernet and 1 pair for analog phone?

Thanks.
January 18, 2012 2:03:28 AM

You should be fine as long as you do not have DSL. If you DO have DSL, then you should install a filter BEFORE the shared cable.
January 18, 2012 11:09:59 AM

I've done a similar thing, but split it into 2 ethernet. It's a bit tricky to sort out the wires you will be using and get it right on both ends, and hopefully no one else will ever need to know what you did because it is definitely not considered spec to do it this way. I've never had any issues as far as functionality though, once I got it working properly. It will only link at 100M/bit which I've always attributed to the fact it was rigged up this way, but doesn't really cause any issues.
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January 18, 2012 11:52:07 AM

tomatthe said:
I've done a similar thing, but split it into 2 ethernet. It's a bit tricky to sort out the wires you will be using and get it right on both ends, and hopefully no one else will ever need to know what you did because it is definitely not considered spec to do it this way. I've never had any issues as far as functionality though, once I got it working properly. It will only link at 100M/bit which I've always attributed to the fact it was rigged up this way, but doesn't really cause any issues.



10/100Mbit only use 2 pair of wires. The other two pairs are used to prevent crosstalk on the line. 1000Mbit requires all 4 pair, which is why you are only getting 100mbit speeds.

Gigabit Ethernet uses all 4 pairs (8 conductors). The transmission scheme is radically different from 10 and 100 Mbit/s standards (PAM-5: a 5 level amplitude modulation scheme) and each conductor is used for send and receive.
January 19, 2012 4:42:33 PM

Nice, tks for the info, makes perfect sense.
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