DD in Basement

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 Question by Bill Patterson posted 20 May 2003
 DD in Basement
Following up on yesterday's question about placement of the distribution device on a wall of the pantry ... My general contractor now tells me that we'll stand little chance of avoiding all the phone, ethernet and cable tv lines crossing major electrical wiring if we mount the DD anywhere in the pantry. He feels the safest location is in the basement. So now my question involves the temperature issues I've read about. The "ideal" basement location (in terms of cable runs) does not have HVAC, but it is immmediately under the kitchen's floor joists. The basement walls are 2 foot thick stone. The basement is cool in summer and cold (probably about 40-50 degrees) in winter. Can we put the DD in this basement? If so, can we mount it on an outside wall (the best location for cable runs)?

thanks again,

Bill Patterson
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 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 22 May 2003
Dear Bill,

The basement will be just fine. As a matter of fact, this is where most people put cross connect anyways. The temperature range is also acceptable.
As long as you can be sure there is no water in spring down there, you should be OK with this location.

Answering your second question from yesterday: you can plug RJ11 connector (plug) into RJ45 jack, and it will pick up pair #1 (in both T568A and T568B layouts), and your analog phone will work. Yes, it's that simple!

Sincerely,
Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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