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Home Telephone Wiring

Home Telephone Wiring

Home telephone wiring used to be done in a "daisy chain" layout where the telephone cable was run in series from one telephone outlet to another. This approach is no longer practiced. Proper structured wiring principles require running Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cable from the central panel to each telephone outlet. The phone company usually terminates phone connections on a demarc box outside the house. All of the wiring beyond this point is usually the responsibility of the Homeowner. New home telephone wiring recommendation are:
  • A telephone distribution panel within the structured wiring panel that allows for the selection and configuration of telephone lines to each room.
  • Use of Category 5e cable with 4 pairs (twisted) of "solid" copper cable for all telephone wiring.
  • One Cat5e cable needs to be run from the demarc outside the house to the structured wiring panel inside the house.
  • A 4-pair Cat5e cable from the structured wiring panel to each telephone outlet A is recommended. This allows for upto 4 lines per telephone location.

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