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    How many times can you "split" a phone line?

    I only have 1 working phone line in my apartment right now and don't feel like dealing with my landlord to get it fixed at the moment.

    DSL connection too so I have 1 line coming in, split into a phone line and a DSL data cable.

    Can I split the phone line again? So I'd have 1 line coming in, split with a DSL data cable going one direction and then...another splitter with 2 phones hooked up to it (one corded with answering machine and another that's cordless)?


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    Split away as many as you want.

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    Oh yeah

    Ummm, anyone have a phone-line splitter on them?

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    Originally posted by Humboldt
    Oh yeah

    Ummm, anyone have a phone-line splitter on them?
    How many coax connections do you need? I have a 9-way splitter..

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    Originally posted by Chris
    Split away as many as you want.
    I concur.

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    Originally posted by Joint Chiefs Of Staff
    I concur.

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    You don't split them. Just connect them in parallel after the low-pass filter (or add another filter).
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    Originally posted by poptom
    You don't split them. Just connect them in parallel after the low-pass filter (or add another filter).
    I'm talking about in-house "splitting"

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    Just add wire from one phone to the next or connect them together at the same box. It's not like you have to match impedance or anything.
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    Originally posted by poptom
    Just add wire from one phone to the next or connect them together at the same box.
    How would I go about doing that? I just shelled out $10 for a 3-way splitter fro RadioShack but would just rig it if I could.

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    Oh, I see what you mean. Yes, just plug into that. That's the simplest way. You can daisy-chain them as well. I was thinking more like wiring a house and adding outlet boxes.
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    Nope, just trying to get the most out of the one working line into my house right now.

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    The home systems may be different to those in the UK but don't your phones have a REN rating? This is the ring equivalence number. Each phone system has a maximum rating and each device a rating, a normal phone is 1, usual rating for the system is 4 so connecting more will overload the system. Common symptom is failing to ring on incoming calls. If they are completely different ignore this.

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    Just do your best to keep those splits and connections nice and clean...the more splits, splices, etc you have on a system, the more chance for line noise, the more signal degradation...and the lower performance you'll have. Use a heavier guage line for extending your DSL...remember DSL is touchy about it's line performance.
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    Originally posted by Humboldt
    I'm talking about in-house "splitting"
    If your talking about a splitter, then you may see degradatiom of signal quality over several splitters. But if you do it right then you should have no trouble.
    Behind the wall plate you will find 4 or 6 mechanical screw connections.
    If you buy phone jacks and bulk cable (no rj-11 plugs) You should be able to split away, When I rewired i have one in each room and doubles in locations I though i may place computer equipment. Even have one at the TV so the Sat dish has its own jack.
    Make mechanical connections behind the wall plates.
    use pigtails and crimp connectors if there is to many to put under the screws.

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    Originally posted by Forgetful
    The home systems may be different to those in the UK but don't your phones have a REN rating?
    That used to be a problem with the old pulse phone systems, because a mechanical bell was rung by the current in the phone line, but with the Tone systems it really isnt an issue anymore.

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    Originally posted by Humboldt
    Glad this makes you so happy, sheesh
    Hey, it's my job.
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