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 Question by Dan Rutledge posted 06 Jun 2002
 New Home Prewire
My new home is pre-wired with Cat 5, cable in every room, with a termination box in a closet to connect them all. I have a home office with three phone lines, and I run a cable modem for business internet connectivity. I want to share my cable modem with my son upstairs. Can I do this with the cat 5 cable and keep all three phone lines also? Are there adapters / splitters to allow phone and ethernet connections at the same jack?
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 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 10 Jun 2002
Dear Dan,

It looks like you don't have enough pairs to share the cable modem. The sharing will be done through Ethernet connection which requires 2 pairs (2nd and 3rd). As per your description it looks like you've got 3 pairs taken up by phone lines which leaves only one pair free.

Maybe you want to use wireless conectivity between the office and your son's. Or, alternatively, pull another CAT5(E) cable from your outlet to the closet.

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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