Will DSL work with my phone system?

Hi all,

I would like to get DSL service, but I called Bell South, my potential local provider -- they say it won't work, but I'm not convinced the person I spoke to knows what he's talking about. Here's the situation. I have a phone system with four separate lines and four separate phone numbers. Each of the phones in the rooms I'd like to use DSL picks up on a different phone line, but all four lines are accessible from every room. Is there a way the person from Bell South overlooked for me to use DSL with this system? (Apparently my house is too large for wireless to work.) Would trying to change which line the phones automatically picks up change anything (having the four phones all automatically pick up on the same line), if that would be necessary? I hope all this makes sense! Thanks a lot in advance for any advice you guys can give.

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Your phone line configuration has no bearing on the issue, assuming that they all come in on copper. If they come in on something else (fiber, T1 or SLC) that is a whole different situation.

The problem probably IS that none of Bell South's "standard" offerings will work. Assuming that wireless really won't work, you will need the DSL installed to one location for one computer. After BS leaves, then you need Ethernet cable run from that room to the other locations and a router installed near the DSL modem. The other alternative is to run the new cables from each room to a "central" location where the DSL modem (and router) will reside.

I suggest you talk to them again about having the service installed in ONE room for ONE computer. If they tell you that won't work, you need to ask for specific details as to why.

Good luck!

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Ken Abrams

If your house is close enough to the CO (Central Office-Blank Bell building) or RT (Remote Terminal - Blank Bell trailer) and it has DSL equipment, then you should be able to get DSL on any and all of your 4 lines.

But sometimes they've done nasty things like install pair-gain splitters to get the extra lines. DSL won't work with these, and you might need to give up a line.

Usually one individual doesn't use a DSL line so heavily and it can be easily and safely shared with networking, preferably wired.

If you can't run Cat5 wiring, wireless should work unless the building has dense walls/floors or is in an areas with lots of radio/radar transmissions. Size shouldn't matter much. Sometimes special antennae can help.

-- Robert

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Robert Redelmeier

As said earlier, there might not be copper lines. The Oakland/ Berkeley Hills had their lines completely replaced with fiber- optics after a fire. My cousin lives in a recent development without copper lines. Her family gets internet access via high-speed data lines. What's really cool is that she was able to order her house with ethernet cables going to most rooms.

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Do you have a NID (gray box outside) or NIDs with 4 separate modular jacks (one for each line), or maybe 2 jacks using all 4 wires in each? How do you access all 4 phone numbers from each phone? Are they special 4 line phones that access each line separately (RJ45 8-wire jack), or a central device that uses conventional phones and RJ11 jacks (which may be a digital phone system)? Or do you have active jack in the NID that is somehow multiplexed from the telco?

If you do have all 4 lines coming into your home, it should be possible to put a filter/splitter on one of them that would split out lineshare DSL (if you are on copper lines close enough to DSL capable CO or RT). But that would have to be done before it runs to your digital phone system or whatever.

But if they tell you that you cannot get DSL, they should be able to give you a reason why not.

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David Efflandt

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