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Old 07-28-2019, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Houston
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In the last 2 places that I have lived in, there have been no phone jacks to be found. Most, if not ALL equipment (fax machines, phones) all expect the owner to operate off of the internet. The phone jack was so incredibly simple- just plug the thing in and you were "good to go". What has happened?
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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In the last 2 places that I have lived in, there have been no phone jacks to be found. Most, if not ALL equipment (fax machines, phones) all expect the owner to operate off of the internet. The phone jack was so incredibly simple- just plug the thing in and you were "good to go". What has happened?
How do you plug a regular phone or cordless phone base station in?
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:29 PM
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Location: Ohio
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It costs money to run the wires for phones and punch holes in the wall for phone jacks, and that used to be the only way to put phones in every room you might want a phone. Nowadays, phone service is delivered over the Internet and most people prefer cordless phones, if they have residential phone service at all. It makes no sense anymore, when building a new house or apartment building, to spend the money on all of that wiring that might never be used.
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Houston
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It costs money to run the wires for phones and punch holes in the wall for phone jacks, and that used to be the only way to put phones in every room you might want a phone. Nowadays, phone service is delivered over the Internet and most people prefer cordless phones, if they have residential phone service at all. It makes no sense anymore, when building a new house or apartment building, to spend the money on all of that wiring that might never be used.
Thank you. That is a good explanation. My current home is 100 years old, so I was a little surprised that there were no jacks in it. I guess that the previous owner had them removed.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:38 AM
 
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Well, there's got to be at least one "jack", whether a 4 conductor phone or a 6 conductor Ethernet connection. From that you can use a variety of adapters and transmitters to achieve wireless or wired communications.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:19 AM
 
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Well, there's got to be at least one "jack", whether a 4 conductor phone or a 6 conductor Ethernet connection. From that you can use a variety of adapters and transmitters to achieve wireless or wired communications.
Right. There has to be at least one phone jack. We have a single phone jack at our house. For any of our cordless landline phones, the base has to be connected to the jack for phone service and to recharge the cordless units. I could be wrong, but I've never seen any cordless systems that don't use a base connected to a phone jack. We have a duplex plugged into a single wall jack so we can use one side for the phone and the other for internet access at home.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:32 AM
 
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Isnt the internet extremely slow, being plugged into a phone jack? those little wires were never intended to carry so much data and bandwidth.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:42 AM
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Right. There has to be at least one phone jack. We have a single phone jack at our house.
True, but the one jack doesn't have to be installed in the house, and that's what the OP was asking about. The wired data (or telephone) port can be provided on the modem from the Internet provider. It is no longer necessary to install any wired ports in the home, although it might be tidier to do so, if one has an aversion to cable clutter.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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True, but the one jack doesn't have to be installed in the house, and that's what the OP was asking about. The wired data (or telephone) port can be provided on the modem from the Internet provider. It is no longer necessary to install any wired ports in the home, although it might be tidier to do so, if one has an aversion to cable clutter.

My house was built in 95. i had a phone jack in every room and two in some. It caught fire soon after I bought it and had to be rewired. The phone wiring/jacks were not replaced.


I would have requested it if I had known. Now I have one jack installed by the company that supplies my internet. I have an "aversion to cable clutter" for sure. I asked to have two jacks and the technician refused. I wanted one in my office which is across the house from the one they installed. He left me a big roll of wire instead.


I hate it.
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If I were building a home, there's no way I'd run a traditional phone jack today. I know very few people that even use a "house phone."
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