what we need to know is if we can just make one of our phone outlet to a DSL outler like bellsouth did.
Well the short answer is NO.
If the US situation is similar to Australia then it is illegal for you to modify any fixed telecommunications wiring, for the very good reason that if you stuff it up you may bring down comms in the whole neighbourhood. Any businesses operating nearby? You will be hearing from their lawyers, if that scenario arose, when they find out (and they will) who is responsible.
The situation is too complicated for me to help you, I had a look at the Bellsouth broadband site and they give some good explanatory stuff there. Here are some extracts I thought might shed light on your situation:
Info from http://www.bellsouth.com/broadband/dsl_sol...phone%20service
What is DSL?
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is a technology that allows high-speed data transfer over existing copper facilities. DSL is also a generic term used to describe a set of technologies that are similar, such as ADSL, IDSL, SHDSL, and SDSL. DSL makes the transport of multimedia applications over existing twisted pair copper telephone lines possible. DSL supplies three separate frequency channels over the same phone line. It supports two-way transmission of analog voice (POTS), a downstream (toward the customer) digital broadband channel of up to 6 Mbps for data, and an upstream (toward the CO) digital channel of up to 640 Kbps. The rates of the digital channels depend on the physical and electrical characteristics of the loop (primarily loop length and wire gauge) and on the DSL technology deployed.
What is a NID?
The Network Interface Device (NID) is the official demarcation point between the regulated telephone company network and the end user's private network. All wiring and user devices in the private network (i.e., a modem) are controlled by the owner, not the NSP. In the United States, if an NSP wants to provide equipment beyond the network demarcation, the provider must first have permission from any regulators involved and the customer must agree. The NID may also be called the network termination unit or demarc. For most single-family homes, some townhouses, and condos the NID consists of an external gray box mounted on the side of the home.
What NID information does the NSP require for DSL installation?
A prerequisite for the successful installation of DSL is the presence of a DSL compatible NID. Most newer, DSL compatible NIDs are 6 x 6 or larger in size. They are gray, plastic boxes with the words Telephone Network Interface embossed on the covers. However, some older homes have the older style 150 type protector device in which both the local loop and inside wiring are connected to the same binding. This old type of NID must be replaced by BellSouth technicians before DSL can be installed at the site.
Does this ring any bells? (pardon the pun!)
This led me to believe that all your phone outlets were equal and therefore you could move the router placement around as you like but then I saw this - Have a look here at the 649A-1:http://www.hometech.com/techwire/dsl.html
The 649A1 splits the incoming signal to provide separate outputs for filtered voice (phone) and ADSL (data), in the form of screw terminals, eliminating any impedances that interfere with communications. The Outdoor POTS Splitter is designed to be mounted on a wall or conduit next to a Network Interface Device (NID).
- which looks like the DSL and phone are split at the entry to the building and you have one fixed DSL outlet which you would have to pay to be relocated.
Others with personal experience of the local DSL setup may be able to confirm or deny my deductions.
Edited by Rimmer, 29 October 2005 - 12:16 AM.