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Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?

Hello everyone,

I have three phone sockets in our house. One of which is the Master Socket in our living room which has the router connected to it and also has a spare telephone port, one is the former master socket in the hallway (before the living room one was rewired by BT to use as the master instead), and finally, a standard telephone socket in the upstairs bedroom.

My plan is to be able to buy two ethernet socket faceplates to replace the hallway and bedroom sockets with RJ45 ones, and use the existing telephone wiring to make it possible to connect an upstairs device to a downstairs one via ethernet for home networking.

I've taken some photos of the sockets as they are, should these be needed to help answer my question:

Hallway Socket: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5v5jr56zeo65c6o/Hallway%20Former%20Master.jpg?dl=0 

Living Room Socket: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8krmnpq24j2e9li/Living%20Room%20Master.jpg?dl=0 

Bedroom Socket: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wcjhsf4kz93pro2/Bedroom%20Telephone.jpg?dl=0 

 

Kind Regards,

Jay

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Re: Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?

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Which BT Home Hub are you using?

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Re: Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?

Hi, I'm not using a BT Home Hub anymore since moving to Vodafone Broadband, but the wiring has been left the same as it was when we had BT broadband previously.
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Re: Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?


@Rhodog2612 wrote:
Hi, I'm not using a BT Home Hub anymore since moving to Vodafone Broadband, but the wiring has been left the same as it was when we had BT broadband previously.

Then as this is a BT Retail Customer forum, you need to ask the question on the Vodaphone User Forum. https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Other-broadband-queries/bd-p/BroadbandandHomePhone

You raised a similar question when you were a BT Retail Customer https://community.bt.com/t5/Home-phone-including-Digital/Upgrading-to-Cat-6-from-Standard-BT-Phone-J...

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Re: Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?

Not quite sure what you asking, but as far as I know ethernet needs 4 cables to be used (to pins 1,2,3 and 6 I THINK).

So you will need available four cables for each network connection from where the router is based.

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@stevebrass wrote:

Not quite sure what you asking, but as far as I know ethernet needs 4 cables to be used (to pins 1,2,3 and 6 I THINK).

So you will need available four cables for each network connection from where the router is based.


I think you mean wires, not cables. You need 8 wires (4 pairs for GbE)

@Rhodog2612  That cable won't be any good for Ethernet.

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@licquoricewrote:

@stevebrasswrote:

Not quite sure what you asking, but as far as I know ethernet needs 4 cables to be used (to pins 1,2,3 and 6 I THINK).

So you will need available four cables for each network connection from where the router is based.


I think you mean wires, not cables. You need 8 wires (4 pairs for GbE)

@Rhodog2612  That cable won't be any good for Ethernet.


Yes - I did mean wires and thanks for the clarification.

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Re: Converting Telephone Sockets to RJ45 for Home Networking?

A bit of a long shot but depending on how the telephone cable was run through your house and assuming you can get to both ends of each individual telephone cable you may be able to use it as a draw string to pull Ethernet cable through the same route and there after terminate it at an Ethernet socket.

If you were able to do that, you would need remember that each cable needs to have both ends terminated and one of those ends needs to be at your router as each cable needs to be treated as a single route, you can not daisy chain them. 

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