Posted 16 February 2006 - 08:47 PM
The simple answer is yes you can use Cat 3, Cat 5, Cat 5e, and Cat 6 cable to run POTS lines. It is common to run Cat 5 cable in new apartment complexes. Your POTS line only uses 1-pair of wires per line. What you have to be careful of is not to run the ethernet and POTS over the same cable. Pick the same color pair to run all of you POTS outlets. If you are also running ethernet signal in the same building I strongly recommend you mark the cable clearly, so someone in the furture can tell POTS from Ethernet.
I don't care for wireless networking. Just me and my opinion. This would be the one exception to that. Run your POTS over the Cat 5 and go 100% wireless for your LAN/WAN.
I use the multi-cable when I re-wired my home. It has 1-POTS 2-Ethernet 1-CATV all in a single jack. About as big as 6-3 wire. I ran it thru out my home.
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