My house underwent a big remodel, and the GC didn't rerun any standard phone lines throughout the house. I do, however, have network wires throughout the house. In a central location I have the comcast modem, a router, a switch, and all of the house wiring converges there. So I have network wiring throughout the house, but no traditional phone wiring. I currently have one phone hooked up directly to the comcast modem. But I'd like to have more wired phones throughout the house -- I hate wireless phones. So is there a way the router can act as a splitter, connecting analog phones directly to the comcast modem voice jacks/lines, or do I need to add an ATA at every point where I'm going to have wired phone?
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"Theoretically if your network wires (cat5 or 6) are in a room where you don’t need wired Internet but want phone you could use that wiring."
That's what I'm exploring. I have 3 network wires going to every room, so I have plenty of those to spare for phones, if that could be done. Would that require ATAs, or could I connect a phone directly to a netwok jack, and from the switch, connect to the modem's phone plugs?
The walls are sealed up, so there's no way to rerun phone lines now. I had requested it, but the GC abandoned the project (the guy's name was Corey Gullion, and he robbed us of a lot of money, actually).
So that did turn out to be the case, and it wasn't very difficult after all. I needed some extra phone (RJ11) cables and some cat5 couplers. RJ11/small phone plugs will clip into an ethernet/RJ45 jack. So I plug the analog phone directly into the cat5 wall jack. Then back at my network closet, I attached an RJ45 coupler to the end of that cat5 home run. Note, I am bypassing my switch entirely. Then I plugged a short RJ11/phone cable into that coupler as well. And then finally I plug the other end of that RJ11/phone cable into the phone jack in the modem -- actually I have a splitter plugged in there to support 5 phone lines.
So the whole chain is:
phone with RJ11 plug -> RJ45 wall jack -> home run terminates in an RJ45 plug -> RJ45 female to RJ45 female coupler -> RJ11 to RJ11 phone patch cable -> 5-way phone splitter -> Xfinity Modem phone jack
I bought the couplers for $.99 each on ebay (free shipping), the 5-way splitter cost me $3.50 (also on ebay). And then I have lots of phone cables lying around. So it all worked out a lot easier than I thought it would.
Thanks for the help!!