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Here are some tips for wiring your location for DSL
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This page outlines some tips for wiring your location for DSL.
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== Line filter at the demarcation point ==
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==Line filter at the demarcation point==
Instead of putting a DSL line filter on each device attached to your phone line at your location (except your DSL modem, of course), you could put one line filter at your demarcation point for your whole house.
Instead of putting a DSL line filter on each device attached to your phone line at your location (except your DSL modem, of course), you could put one line filter at your demarcation point for your whole house.
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In most homes there is a box or junction just inside where the Bell line enters your location.  This is called the 'demarcation point'.  All wiring (and problems) inside that point are considered by Bell to be your concern. Usually there is one line going into the demarcation point from outside, and then one wire come out going to from jack to jack throughout your house.
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In most homes there is a box or junction just inside where the Bell line enters your location.  This is called the ''demarcation point''.  All wiring and any associated problems inside that point are considered by Bell to be your concern. Usually there is one line going into the demarcation point from Bell's outside lines and then one wire coming out of the demarcation point which connects to all the phone jacks in your house.
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You could install a jack at the demarcation point, then a splitter to create two parallel jacks. On one jack, install a line filter, and connect the house wiring to that line filter. In the other jack, connect the line to the DSL modem.
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You could install a jack at the demarcation point, then a splitter to create two parallel jacks. On one jack install a line filter and connect the house wiring to that line filter. Then connect the line to the DSL modem to the other jack.
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(it'd be good to have a diagram here showing the wiring)
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This is optimal for many reasons:
This is optimal for many reasons:
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* Your DSL modem is as close as possible to the demarcation point (and thus likely receives as clean a signal as possible).
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* Your DSL modem is as close as possible to the demarcation point and thus is likely to receive as clean a signal as possible.
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* Only need one line filter.
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* You only need one line filter.
* No need to have line filters hanging on all lines to your devices thoroughout the house.
* No need to have line filters hanging on all lines to your devices thoroughout the house.
* You can easily disconnect the house wiring if you need to isolate the DSL modem for troubleshooting.
* You can easily disconnect the house wiring if you need to isolate the DSL modem for troubleshooting.
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* Having the modem hidden out of the way in the basement can be nice. The basement is likely a fine location for ethernet cables to terminate, and as a wireless access point.
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* Having the modem hidden out of the way in the basement can be nice. The basement is likely a good location for ethernet cables to terminate and also as a wireless access point.
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But there are shortcomings too:
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But there are shortcomings to this method too:
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* The modem probably ends up in the basement ceiling and thus is not easily accessible. You won't be able to see the lights casually. From a useability viewpoint, it's best to have your DSL modem within sight of your usual location when at the computer, so that you can see what your modem is doing, but it's certainly not essential.
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* The modem probably ends up in the basement ceiling and thus is not easily accessible. This means that you won't be easily able to see the lights when working on your computer. From a useability viewpoint, it is best to have your DSL modem within sight of your usual location when at the computer, so that you can see what your modem is doing, but it is certainly not essential.
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* If you have a 585 modem, it will less convenient to press the WPS button to add wireless clients. See the [[Modem manuals (DSL)|modem manual]] about the WPS button.
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* If you have a 585 modem, it will less convenient to press the WPS button to add wireless clients. See the [[Modem manuals (DSL)|modem manual]] about the WPS button.
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* It's a bit of a chore to change the wiring at the demarcation point; you'll need some hardware such as junction box.
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* It's a bit of a chore to change the wiring at the demarcation point and you will need some hardware, such as junction box.
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There are junction boxes made for this, with built-in DSL line filters (with possibly higher quality filters than usual).
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There are junction boxes made for this, with built-in DSL line filters. These may also possibly have higher quality filters too.
== Ethernet cables through heating ducts ==
== Ethernet cables through heating ducts ==
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Ethernet cables can be routed through heating ducts. One way to feed a cable through a long, curving duct is to tie a paper tissue to a thread and then blow the tissue through the duct using the exhaust of a vacuum cleaner. The thread can then be used to pull a string through, which then can be used to pull an ethernet cable.
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Ethernet cables can be routed through heating ducts. One way to feed a cable through a long, curving duct is to tie a paper tissue to a thread and then blow the tissue through the duct using the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner. The thread can then be used to pull a string through, which then can be used to pull an ethernet cable through.
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Of course wireless is way to avoid all the hassles of cabling (but it's slower and possibly less private).
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Of course wireless is way to avoid all the hassles of cabling (but it is slower and possibly less private).
[[Category:DSL]]
[[Category:DSL]]

Revision as of 22:47, 20 December 2011

This page outlines some tips for wiring your location for DSL.

Line filter at the demarcation point

Instead of putting a DSL line filter on each device attached to your phone line at your location (except your DSL modem, of course), you could put one line filter at your demarcation point for your whole house.

In most homes there is a box or junction just inside where the Bell line enters your location. This is called the demarcation point. All wiring and any associated problems inside that point are considered by Bell to be your concern. Usually there is one line going into the demarcation point from Bell's outside lines and then one wire coming out of the demarcation point which connects to all the phone jacks in your house.

You could install a jack at the demarcation point, then a splitter to create two parallel jacks. On one jack install a line filter and connect the house wiring to that line filter. Then connect the line to the DSL modem to the other jack.

This is optimal for many reasons:

  • Your DSL modem is as close as possible to the demarcation point and thus is likely to receive as clean a signal as possible.
  • You only need one line filter.
  • No need to have line filters hanging on all lines to your devices thoroughout the house.
  • You can easily disconnect the house wiring if you need to isolate the DSL modem for troubleshooting.
  • Having the modem hidden out of the way in the basement can be nice. The basement is likely a good location for ethernet cables to terminate and also as a wireless access point.

But there are shortcomings to this method too:

  • The modem probably ends up in the basement ceiling and thus is not easily accessible. This means that you won't be easily able to see the lights when working on your computer. From a useability viewpoint, it is best to have your DSL modem within sight of your usual location when at the computer, so that you can see what your modem is doing, but it is certainly not essential.
  • If you have a 585 modem, it will less convenient to press the WPS button to add wireless clients. See the modem manual about the WPS button.
  • It's a bit of a chore to change the wiring at the demarcation point and you will need some hardware, such as junction box.

There are junction boxes made for this, with built-in DSL line filters. These may also possibly have higher quality filters too.

Ethernet cables through heating ducts

Ethernet cables can be routed through heating ducts. One way to feed a cable through a long, curving duct is to tie a paper tissue to a thread and then blow the tissue through the duct using the exhaust from a vacuum cleaner. The thread can then be used to pull a string through, which then can be used to pull an ethernet cable through.

Of course wireless is way to avoid all the hassles of cabling (but it is slower and possibly less private).