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allen1466 07-16-2007 10:04 AM

New Phone Jack Install - Q & A 101
Hello Everyone,

I'll try to make this short. I had ATT come out long time ago and install a phone jack for Sattelite TV. I bought a computer and wanted internet. So I looked to see what ATT did. I followed that and installed another phone jack in the room for the computer and internet. I bought the phone jack and hooked the red to the "R" and the green to the "G". The black and yellow are not hooked up. Ran the phone line and hooked the white wire to the "G" and the blue to the "R". Have dial tone and internet. GOOD!

I bought another computer and want to get a phone in that room. So I did the same thing as the other room. I can't get a dial tone. I'm not trying to get another phone line. Just want another phone hooked up.

The phone line comes into the basement to a distrubution block that is about 2" x 3". It has 6 rows of 8, of what I call "bird beaks". I hooked the white wire in the same row as the last one I did and the blue wire to the same row as the last. Still no dial tone. So I moved the blue and white wires down a few rows but kept the same placement as before but still no dial tone.

What have I done wrong? Is there some place I can go to get the color code or the secrets that ATT won't tell anyone.

Thanks for all the help!


KUIPORNG 07-16-2007 03:05 PM

Did you use good quailty phone lines for your new lines... I had bad experience with poor quailty wires belfore.... you can try to use different set of new lines to see if it fixes the problem, as each phone lines normally got 4 wires and you only need to use 2 out of the 4.

joed 07-16-2007 05:24 PM

Those bird beaks as you call them may not be interconnected. Sometimes they are in groups of 5 then an open space and another group of 5.

MinConst 07-16-2007 08:54 PM

Your bird beaks are a punch down block. You can simplify this by connecting the wires that you first used for your 1st computer to a phone junction box. And then use that for future connections. Punch down blocks can get confusing.

MechanicalDVR 07-16-2007 09:35 PM

If the "bird beak" block you are talking about is a "66" block that has several rows of connectors horizontally and vertically, there needs to be an interconnecting wire in the vertical direction to jump the connection over, the internal connections are just horizontal in individual rows

Radioshack has a small book on installing phones that is illustrated, it's pretty cheap and will be like gold to a novice

allen1466 07-17-2007 06:05 AM

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for all the information. I will head to Radio Shack and see if they have that book on installing phones.

Thanks to everyone!


gregzoll 07-17-2007 09:16 PM

The easy way to interconnect on a wiring block, is to use a jumper from one line (one row is a line), and connect to another row. This will help As for Ratshack, they do not carry the "old school" books like they used to, and the books only explain simplified wiring.

dmaceld 07-17-2007 11:46 PM

According to a phone guy a few years ago you don't need to worry about keeping the colors of the wires consistent. That was the case years ago, but not any more. Red & green can be swapped back & forth.

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