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JAVAMAN 03-18-2008 10:57 AM

phone jack wiring
 
I am trying to get a phone line in my upstairs working. I am not sure if it ever worked though. is there any way i can tell if it works. The wire comes out of the wall and the wires are bare. how do i tell if it works? i don't have a volt meter eigther. can someone help?

joed 03-18-2008 02:39 PM

You could could measure the voltage on in the two wire. If you get about 40 VDC then it is probably good.
OR
Put a jack on it and plug in a phone. See if you get dial tone.

JAVAMAN 03-18-2008 02:44 PM

how do i put ajack on it. the wore comming out of the wall has six wires and none of them are red black green or yellow.

johnrem 03-18-2008 03:20 PM

find the junction at the other end and you can see how it's hooked up.(in basement or outside)

jerryh3 03-18-2008 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JAVAMAN (Post 108837)
how do i put ajack on it. the wore comming out of the wall has six wires and none of them are red black green or yellow.

Do you have a blue and blue/white?

JAVAMAN 03-18-2008 04:20 PM

Yes I Believe That I Do. Its A Orange White/orange Blue Blue/white And Green Green/white

DIYtestdummy 03-18-2008 04:53 PM

No BROWN BROWN/WHITE? (probably Cat3, and they don't make those anymore, but you can wire a Cat5 jack to it) There is no red, black, yellow designation to keep voice seperate from power, even though phone has voltage.

Yes, find the box and see what you have. Post a picture if you can.

jerryh3 03-18-2008 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIYtestdummy (Post 108872)
No BROWN BROWN/WHITE? (probably Cat3, and they don't make those anymore, but you can wire a Cat5 jack to it) There is no red, black, yellow designation to keep voice seperate from power, even though phone has voltage.

Yes, find the box and see what you have. Post a picture if you can.

Yeah, the easiest way is to find the demarcation point(usually a gray box outside of the house) and see how it wired. This links explains the RJ11 standard pretty well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RJ11%2C_RJ14%2C_RJ25


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