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Cabling solution

Cabling solution

Cabling solution

We have taken over a retirement facility that provided analog phone service for its residents. Each apartment has four Cat5E cables terminated on a patch panel to a central closet on each floor (three floors total). We want to get out of providing phone line and will require the resident to order their own phone service. I need to modify the cabling solution in place to accommodate phone service over copper wire or through a cable service. Also to make each phone jack live in the apartment. I have come up with a cabling solution but I would like run it by others out in the field to get their opinion.
My plan is to take a cat 5 cable and put a modular end on each pair and plug it into the four locations on the patch panel which would make the center two pins live. The other end I would terminate on a 110 block using a C4 wafer. I would take a piece of cross connect and bridge each pair on the C4 and connect to a pair on the copper feed.
On the copper feed side I having a hard time deciding whether to use 66 blocks and bridging clips or just terminate it on 110. I'm leaning towards using a 66 block and a bridging clip as everything would be prewired and should not have to be tampered with. If it was a cable installation, I would expect the cable tech to use a y adapter (or direct connection) from the modem plugged into the phone jack in the room. This should provide dial tone to all jacks. The bridging clip in the closet would be removed to isolate the copper feed and prevent messing with the cross connect. Hopefully I did not miss anything and it can be easily visualized.
Thanks for your time.

RE: Cabling solution

I would lean towards your 66 block solution so you have a test point you can open by removing the bridging clips.

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RE: Cabling solution

Sounds good. I agree on the 66 on the feed side. Of course the cable guy will need to remember to pull the bridging clip to avoid backfeeding the telco line. Good luck with that...

Whatever you do if the units are already wired with cat5e to a decent patch panel don't tear it up. That infrastructure is likely to be handy in the future.

RE: Cabling solution

Thanks for both your replies. Yes I do not want to disrupt the cabling to the patch panel as I like to keep its integrity. I'm going to go with the 66 feed solution and agree it will be up to the tech to pull the clip. But its the best I can come up with. Just have to inform the facilities staff. I'm sure it will not be fool proof but this is the best I can come up with and easy to trouble shoot.

Thanks for you input.

RE: Cabling solution

I'm struggling to understand the problem, if currently you supply an analogue service to the residents from your PABX then each unit will have a connection for the phone and when you opt out of supplying the service the carrier will connect to the pair your service currently connects to so no change! There must already be a system in place for those residents who want more than one outlet active or there would already be complaints.

I think you may be over thinking this!

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