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GrnGiant2 04-01-2011 02:44 PM

Phone Systems from the 40's why are they hooked up through electrical systems?
I am working on correcting the phone wire system in homes from 1949 to 1950. I want to take the telephone system from being hooked up through the regular electrical wiring system and get a cable system for my television.
We are having trouble with a cable company who has established their cable system thru our existing electrical system type phone system.
I think we need to convert to a direct line from a telephone pole, so we have a decated phone line. And the cable system would have it's own cable for the television.
Has anyone experienced this type of in home wiring systems for phones?
We are trying to use cordless and corded phones together, so we will have service even if electricity goes off. :(

a7ecorsair 04-01-2011 03:23 PM

What do you mean? The phone line can't be connected to the power lines. The phone line has nothing to do with cable TV. Where do you live?

AandPDan 04-01-2011 03:29 PM

The phone system in the 40's is still in use today, it's called POTS. Plain Old Telephone Service. It utilizes 2 wires. Red/Green are one pair of lines, Yellow/Black another. It does not connect to the house electrical system, except in some cases where you had the earlier lighted dial phones via a transformer usually feeding the yellow/black line. POTS has its own power supply and will continue to work when the house power fails.

In the Cable phone system, a cable voice modem is connected to the coax from your provider. The household phone wiring is disconnected, usually at the NID (network interface). A regular 2 conductor phone line is then connected into the voice port of the modem and connected into an existing phone jack in your residence. This completes the connection using the existing wiring. You can use wired/wireless phones but if the power goes out and your voice modem is not on a backup you lose your phone service.

Tell your cable provider you just want cable tv (and internet if you go that route). Have your phone service reconnected at the NID. It's a very simple changeover once the phone company enables your line.

I hope I answered your question. Post back if you need more information.

daveb1 04-01-2011 04:09 PM

What day is it today?

DangerMouse 04-01-2011 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by daveb1 (Post 621415)
What day is it today?

Tomorrow's yesterday.


nap 04-01-2011 04:59 PM

I think of it more as yesterday's tomorrow.
I tend to look forward rather than looking back.

a7ecorsair 04-01-2011 05:53 PM

Let's give the OP a chance to respond. After all he only posted this the day before tomorrow so he should get until the day after yesterday to respond:jester:
OP give us an update....

pete0403 04-02-2011 05:08 AM

LOL, gotta be April Fools

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