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 Question by Dan posted 11 Feb 2006
 office wiring
Hello, we have 4 2line phones, and a fax as well. We have a bunch of spagetti in the ceiling and have been having problems with line quality on the fax. We know enough to get into trouble and am looking for good sound advice, would a person install individual cat 5 cables from each phone to a punch down block and then a single cat 5 on out to the telephone box, with a single line also going on out for the dsl which has our hs intranet that I would like to network with the other phones as well, do you have advice or how twos on this.

Much appreciated,

Dan

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 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 12 Feb 2006
Dear Dan,

To answers your first question about the wiring, Yes running individual cable back to a central point is the best method. This is also called a "star" configuration.
If I understand correctly you have a total of 3 lines (2 voice and 1 fax) and normally the DSL will "ride" on top one of these.
In order to network the DSL it will have to first terminate in a DSL modem and then feed to a router (The modem and router may actually be a single piece of gear) and from the router, individual cables to the PC locations. I do not advocate running the telephone lines and network in a single cable.

You may want to consider purchase of a book we have here on-line that will help you. See this Link:
http://www.cabling-design.com/resources/documents/residential.html

Sincerely,
Joseph Golan, RCDD

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