DIY phone installation
May 4, 2007 11:15 AM Subscribe
Can installing a multi-line phone system be a DIY project?
posted by Doofus Magoo to Technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our office will be moving in the coming months, and I'm responsible for getting us wired up. The ideal solution would be to throw a large wad of cash at a vendor to come run phone wires from the building's demarcation point to each of our offices and install a multi-line phone system that's adequate for three workers. Mainly because of the cost, that's not an option.
We will have three phone lines, one fax line and a DSL line. Our local telco is going to connect the lines to the new building's demarcation point, but from there it's our responsibility. I know a decent bit about networking (and in fact, we're going to run the data cables ourselves), and I can't help but think that running phone lines ourselves would save a ton of cash. Unfortunately, I'm clueless even about the terminology to use, which makes it hard to hunt down any useful information.
Surely what I envision can't be that difficult. All we'd need is to run five phone lines (RJ11?) from the five designated ports at the demarcation point to our office, right? Then in our office do we simply plug the three voice lines into a "router" that handles the incoming phone calls, and then run mult-line phone cables (RJ25?) from the "router" to each phone?
What is the "router" called in the above analogy? Is the $1000 cost I'm seeing for these things normal, or am I looking at the wrong things? Are there any details I'm missing that would make this more complicated than running data cables? Finally, can anyone identify any resources that would help me do this (or even help me figure out if I can do it myself)?