I am struggling to figure out how to bypass my old ADSL splitter and wire the Rogers RJ-11 to a jack and then connect to an existing punch down block. (I would like to use the existing telephone wiring in my home.)
The Bell punch down uses the BLUE and WHITE for Line which is routed through the splitter. But there is also an ORANGE and RED pair coming from the street directly to the punch down.
If I completely bypass the Splitter, then wire the Rogers line to the Blue/White + White/Blue punch terminals, what do I do about the Orange and Red lines?
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@Pauly you wouldn't disconnect the red / green pair from the punch down block as well? I'd do that just to ensure that the telephone block was free/floating from anything beyond the house telephones. In theory there shouldn't be any issue leaving them connected, with the thought of maybe going back to DSL at some point. If not, I'd disconnect them. Personal opinion of course ...... 🙂
While I appreciate the reply, what I might have neglected to mention is that I need to keep the Ignite modem (hub) near my phone lines since this is where my Cable line enters the home. I have disabled the WiFi on the modem and use an ethernet line connecting to a powerline adapter to connect to my own WiFi Router upstairs.
My punch down area (near the fuse panel) doesn't have a phone jack nearby but I'm willing to wire one into it if you know the correct wiring I can connect to. See photo below.
Yes !! You are correct! That jack was for an alarm panel. Good eyes! I will ignore it.
I never knew they were different than a standard baseboard jack !! That's why it didn't work...
Great so then I need to:
1) Disconnect the White and Blue (Line) into the POTS splitter (Bell line is still active).
2) Use the existing Red/Green jumper lines from the punch down into a new RJ11 jack then I'll be good to go !!
Thanks so much !! Excellent help.
Here's a picture of a simple surface mount jack. The pins in question are the two center pins, which would be the yellow and black wiring on the jack.
So, you would disconnect the red/green pair from the POTS splitter and connect them to the
yellow/black red/green wiring on the jack.
Connect the modem to the jack, and your house telephones should be active.
Just to note, that modem can go anywhere in the house, where you have a cable port. You would have to identify the cable run upstairs and connect that cable to the incoming cable using an F-81 connector that looks like this:
As @Pauly indicated above, if you have disconnected the telephone block from the Bell system, you can simply connect the Tel 1 port on the modem to any telephone wall jack, which will enable all of the house telephones.
Of course, this is dependent on whether or not you have a cable run that terminates upstairs, somewhere near a telephone jack.
centre pins of a baseboard / surface mount jack are actually should be Green/Red
Black / Yellow are the outside pairs (line 2)
so just match green to green, red to red and Voila, you should put a phone cord from the modem into the surface mount jack and it will activate all your jacks, provided they were all wired up correctly in the past.
Just one last note;
TIP is usually RED and RING should be GREEN.
In the photo you will notice the Bell LINE coming into the splitter uses White for TIP and Blue for RING, yet the output from the spliter, PHONE lines are TIP = Red and RING = Green? Was this a mistake? Should they be reversed?
The Green (Ring?) on the block is connected to the White/Blue wires and the Red (Ring?) on the block is on the Blue/White wires.
Should the RED wire connect to the White/Blue on the block and the RED on the surface mount?
Otherwise if I use Green wire from the block and connect to the Green on the surface mount, does that work?
I have a feeling the wires were crossed somehow....(although the phones in the house do work fine at the moment.)
I still have a bell pot splitter in my house even though I do not longer have bell, I'm with rogers for internet.
My pots splitter is wired exactly the same as yours. Solid White wire goes to TIP, Solid Blue wire goes to RING.
Bell uses its own colour standards for the phone wires, well atleast thats what I have seen in all the homes I have lived in.
On the phone out pair, mine has Tip is Red, Ring goes to Green. But I remember Tip being green and ring was red back in the day, but I also remember there was a point where that did not matter any more, even for dsl signal so people just put what ever.