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DSL wall plate cable replacement

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Seanm321, May 5, 2010.

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  1. Seanm321

    Seanm321 Thread Starter

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    Warning: possible stupid question ahead.

    Recently, my dog chewed through the cable that connects my DSL modem to the wall plate in my home. I'm not a cabling aficionado, so I went to a local electronics store and asked one of the techs where I could find a replacement. He told me that I would just use a regular ol' phone cord.

    Well, it just so happened that I had an extra laying around and plugged it up; now my connection speeds have dropped...significantly. More than that.

    I did a small bit of research online, but as I'm not familiar with much about cabling, I'm not sure what cord I need to get. The replacement I'm currently using is long and flat and has a terminator with 2...pins(?), as to where the one that was chewed was more round and not-as-long and had a terminator that looks like this with 4 pins.

    If need-be, I can post pictures...but really I just need to know what cable I need to purchase in order to get my DSL speed back up to normal.

    Again, this is from the wall plate to the modem, not the Cat5 from the modem to the router.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    I have seen those 2 pin phone cables, they are oddball, go buy a 4 pin phone cord from a local retailer.

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  3. Seanm321

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    Thanks for the reply. Does it make a difference whether it's round or flat or anything like that? I read a post on here from a while back where someone had mentioned that the cable that goes from the wall to the modem should not be flat and should be "twisted pair." I didn't know phone cords came in this styling, but he had stated that flat cables that aren't twisted pair cause major declines in speed, reliability and stability of the data flow.
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    All the dsl modems I have deployed use regular phone cords.

    Sounds like bs to me, since the phone lines inside/outside the house are not twisted pair.

    Use a good quality 4 wire flat phone cable.

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  5. Seanm321

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    I'll give it a shot! Thanks again for the reply, I'll respond later with results.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Do NOT use a flat cable with DSL, that is BAD ADVICE! You need a DSL certified cable. Flat phone cable will cause all sorts of crosstalk with the DSL, and the longer the cable is, the worse the problem will become!
     
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