Tapping into Existing Phone Line
I'm finishing out our basement (finally!) and I want to tie into our existing phone line so we can have access in the basement. The single cat5 line running outside to the phone box is readily available to me since the walls are still not drywalled. I was wondering how best to tie into the line. Is it acceptable to simply splice the matching colored wires together or will that have some negative impact on my line?
If I recall correctly, the original run upstairs would go into the gang box and another wire would run out to the next box and so on until the final wire ran to the outside of the house. Does that sound right? If that's the case, I see no issues with simply splicing into the wire.
Cat5e was used in the original run and I have some left over cat6 from another project. Can I use the cat6 to connect/splice into the cat5 and be ok or will I need to match it with cat5e?
Thanks for the help!