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DTV Receiver and Comcast Phone Line

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by majikmarker, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. majikmarker

    majikmarker AllStar

    Feb 27, 2005
    Arlington, WA
    I am in the process of changing my phone and internet from Frontier to Comcast (Internet and Voice only).

    My understanding is the phone jacks in my home will be dead when I cancel my current service. I like to have my receivers hooked up to a phone line even though this is no longer absolutely required.

    Some details....My house is three levels with one TV/Box on the top and bottom, cable signal comes into the home only on one jack, located on the middle level (due to DTV installer moving lines under my home so jacks on top and bottom floor have the DTV signal). The modem and wireless router will be on the middle floor.

    Is there a simple way to get a phone signal to the boxes on the top and bottom floor?
  2. Dknow

    Dknow AllStar

    Oct 11, 2006
    Ebay yourself some wireless phone jacks and there ya go!
  3. northsider

    northsider New Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ex Comcast tech and current Direct tech here.

    Your phone jacks won't be dead as long as you ask the tech to wire into your home. Literally as long as he disconnects whatever current service you have at the NID and runs a phone line out of the EMTA to a jack then your whole house (if properly wired) will be wired to plug a phone line in any jack.

    Just ask him the tech he shouldn't have a problem with it if there are jacks within close vicinity of the EMTA.
  4. majikmarker

    majikmarker AllStar

    Feb 27, 2005
    Arlington, WA
    Thanks for the replies. The wireless phone jacks are a great idea but my first choice would be to have the actual phone jacks active.

    Currently, my cable internet comes in on the opposite side of the room from my phone jack. If I added a cable jack next to my phone jack (to avoid cables everywhere) do I understand that there is a way to connect the EMTA cable modem, phone and phone jack in such a way that the current phone jacks on other floors would be active? Do I have that correct? My home is relatively new (less than 6 years old) and I assume it is wired correctly...
  5. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, you understand correctly. But make sure the inside phone wiring is disconnected from the line that goes to the street beyond the telephone company demarc.

    Basically, all you do is plug your inside wiring into the phone line jack on your VOIP modem device. That should make every phone jack in your house live.

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