Help me fix my home phone wiring.
July 17, 2005 11:22 AM Subscribe
Why does my home phone system sometimes ring only once when someone is trying to call me?
posted by baltimore to Technology (10 answers total)
This happens about 30% of the time. The caller hears the first ring, then silence. Eventually, the connection disconnects. However, as I discovered today, if I pick up the phone after it has stopped ringing, the call connects. So it's just the actual ringing that's failing, not the connection itself.
I checked the line at the outside box, and it's fine. So the problem is on the inside of my house.
And that's where it gets interesting, because 13 years ago, when we moved in, there were just two phones in the house. I wired everything else (6 phones, two lines) myself. We've never had any problems with it until recently, so something must have gone wrong.
What am I looking for? Is there a tool that would help me find the problem, which I'm guessing is a problem wire? Does it matter that some of the lines run up the back of the house along the airconditioner drain and into the attic (I used standard four color phone cable, wrapped in the round cord)? Should I just give up and go completely wireless?
Thanks for any advice.