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ezza121
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Two houses one line

There is one telephone cable coming to my house.

It is connected to a box.

The box then connects my house and my neighbours.

Therefore one cable feeds two houses.

can anyone give me a reason for this.

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Re: Two houses one line

Hi ezza121,

 

I think this would be a DACS (Digital Access Carrier System) unit where demand in a particular street or area exceeds the number of physical copper pairs available.

 

What is DACS?
DACS - Digital Access Carrier System, often referred to as line doubling equipment, is a method of delivering two independent phone services over a single phone line.

 

Why use DACS?

In some circumstances spare lines between an end user and the exchange do not exist and can not easily be installed. In these situations DACS is commonly used to deliver two phone services over a single phone line.

 

Keith_Beddoe would be know more about it, but try googling Digital Access Carrier System.

 

Cheers


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ezza121
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Thanks for the speedy reply. Looks like you are spot on....

Thanks for the speedy reply.

Looks like you are spot on.

I will look into it.:smileyvery-happ

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Re: Two houses one line

No problem,

 

I don't think you will be able to get a adsl broadband connection if you have a DACS line.

 

Hopefully another forum member will be able to give you more information.

 

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ezza121
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Message 5 of 11

Re: Two houses one line

I currently have a broadband connection through Talktalk.

The speed is always low.

They reckon I can get between 1.1 and 1.6 meg but it is always about 1.0.

I only noticed the junction box today.

 

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astar27
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Re: Thanks for the speedy reply. Looks like you are spot on....

This is a DAC's unit  the black things

 

And this is a junction box 

 

Is it one of these or something different?

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Message 7 of 11

Re: Two houses one line

don't think it's DACS then more likely one cable with at least 4 core and probably more - 1 pair used for your home and another pair for your neighbour



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ezza121
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Message 8 of 11

Re: Thanks for the speedy reply. Looks like you are spot on....

The junction box is a small plastic box attached to my facia board on the house.

The copper cable comes from the pole to the box then the two wires come out, one to mine and the other to next door.

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ezza121
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Message 9 of 11

Re: Thanks for the speedy reply. Looks like you are spot on....

Do you think this would reduce the download speed of my connectio?

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Message 10 of 11

Re: Thanks for the speedy reply. Looks like you are spot on....

No they are totally separate pair to the two houses