Switching Active DSL Jack


Old 05-30-18, 10:01 AM
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Switching Active DSL Jack

Just moved into a new house and had DSL internet connected. Unfortunately, the active jack is not in an ideal place for the modem and I'd like to move it closer to my desk in my office area. I've done this once before, in our previous home, but the setup was far simpler than it is here.

I've taken a picture of the wiring block and I'm trying to determine which lines are data. The current jack is the only active one for data in the house and there are 10, possibly 11 other jacks. I can't say how many of those are active for voice, as we don't have a landline.

I'd be grateful if anyone can point me in the right direction, at least to start testing.
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Old 05-30-18, 11:16 AM
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You are most likely looking at the incoming wire on the left of the picture, then the lines going out to your jacks on the right.

There's nothing you have to do other than changing around your DSL filters. Some/all of your phones will probably have a filter plugged in between the wall and jack. This filters out noise from your phones - and where you plug in your DSL router, make sure there is no filter installed.

It should be that easy! There's no special wiring for your DSL router.
Old 05-30-18, 04:36 PM
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So, pulling out the jacks to look for filters revealed that the jack closest to my desk was actually wired with RJ45, as opposed to the original RJ11 jack. After tooling around with the block, I managed to pin down which RJ45 line was connect to the jack I wanted to use and swapped out the B/Y RJ11 wires for the O/WO RJ45 wires.

This seems to have done the trick, but I am watching the modem for any drops.

Thanks for the help!

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