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phone wire as network wire

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mphair, Mar 29, 2006.

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  1. mphair

    mphair Thread Starter

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    what makes cat5 cable cat5 cable? as i understand it, it is just 8 normal wires that are jacked in a certain order to allow data transfer. so would it be possible to jack one rj45 jack onto the end of two clipped and stripped rj11 sized phone cables?
    logically it seems like it should work...but when i attempted it, it was extremely slow. I was using very very old phone wire so maybe the quality of the wires had something to do with the slowness.
    any thoughts on the subject?
    -mphair
     
  2. StumpedTechy

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    There are a number of twists that have to be done to each pair in order for it to pass good signal. Phone cords are not held to the same standards thus what probably resulted in the slowness.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    POTS wiring can be used for 10mbit Ethernet, it was pretty common in the 80's. OTOH, there's no way you'll get anything close to the speed that modern networks require using it.
     
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