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Jan. 12th, 2007

07:32 pm - Phones

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Date:January 12th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
My immediate response to this is "do you really need this?" - it seems like an unnecessarily complicated (and possibly expensive) solution to the problem. How thick is the wall between your lounge and your bedroom - could you just drill a hole through it for the extension cable (or use one of the current holes and run it next to the cat6)? Or properly mount the cable going through the hallway - if you run it along the top of the skirting or the top of the wall it won't be visible.
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Date:January 12th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
It shouldn't be too expensive to do it this way (those two adaptors I mentioned cost £13.58 altogether, including VAT/delivery), and if I bought a sufficiently long phone extension lead (I'd probably need 10m) then I'd have to pay for that.

Digging through Usenet, I saw one person who suggested getting a short phone extension lead, chopping it in half, then wiring RJ45 jacks onto the two severed ends - this would be a bit cheaper (if I could borrow the relevant tools from someone), but it would also be a bit more fiddly to make sure that all the pins match up properly.

The wall between bedroom/lounge is about 1 foot thick (with an air gap in the middle). The existing cables run under the floorboards, then come up in the middle of the wall and go into the wall box that was put there (by making a hole in the wall), so it wouldn't be easy to run an extra one through there. Beyond that, it would bother me on an aesthetic level to have dedicated cabling as a permanent installation, so I'd rather just leave something trailing on the floor and sort it out later :)
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Date:January 13th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Having paid to have dedicated voice/data cabling installed throughout your flat, it does seem a *trifle* silly to then run a separate extension cable for the phone. Unless that would be significantly cheaper, of course. :-)
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