I read several times posters suggesting that the adsl splitter be put as close as possible to where the Telecom cable comes into the house. Is it to ensure that there is no possibility of having phones and fax machines etc connected before it or is it some other reason? In my case I would then essentially have two cat5e cables running side by side to the split point of modem and telephone. (At the moment I've got what amounts to bell cable attached to the telephone connection but am looking to rewire.) If its to ensure that there is no possibility of having phones and fax machines etc connected before it,then if you knew that wouldn't be the case, could you then use a single cable and use the adsl splitter further along the line at a more accessible location.
My second question is, as the cable coming into the house is a single pair and the cat5e is multiple pairs, could/should those pairs be 'doubled up' when connected to the Telecom line in. It just seems a wast of perfectly good cable leave them laying idle. lol!
My third question in this regard is that the cable coming into my roof space from the little Telecom box under the eves is a reasonably heavy single core loosely twisted pair of black cables. So when making the cable how do you tell which wire to connect to which? Use a digital voltmeter? Does it even matter?
And my final question is what is the best method to make the connection of these unequal size cables. At the moment the bell cable is simply, neatly and tightly wrapped around the Telecom cable then clamped down in a strip connector. Is there a better way?
Sorry for the multi questions but they were all interrelated for me. I'll put them into different threads if required.
Thanks everyone.... Robin