Can an old telephone line be used for Internet?

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I ll be getting a new computer soon and I would rather have it connected to the Internet instead of using a wireless card. I currently don t have a line to the room the computer will be in, but there is an old telephone line to that room that used to be used for a landline. Can this line be reused for the computer?

I ll be getting a new computer soon and I would rather have it connected to the Internet instead of using a wireless card. I currently don t have a line to the room the computer will be in, but there is an old telephone line to that room that used to be used for a landline. Can this line be reused for the computer? Also, the router currently being used is in the room below the room where the computer will be, can I just connect to that router with a long Ethernet cable? I m very new to this, just throwing ideas out there. I m looking for whatever will work best, if there s other options feel free to add those. Thanks!

Best Answer:

Dave: Chances are, no. When phones are installed in the house (newer homes) they daisy chain the cat 5 cable to multiple jacks, making it unusable for network.

If it's really old, it's probably cat 3. Unusable.

Long story short, you need a new run specifically for networking.

What you CAN do, however, is see if the Powerline modules will work for you. I use the Netgear powerlines to get an internet connection into my kids room. Worked awesome. Gave him his own ethernet connection AND his own wireless access point.

Other answer:

Dave:
Question: Can an old telephone line be used for Internet?
Answer: Depends on the age of the wire. Over 50 years of age, quad, no. 20-50 years of age, Cat-3 cable, 10mps up to 300 feet, 100mps up to 50 feet. Under 20 years of age, probably Cat-5 cable, good to 1000mps.

I have run Internet inside the Telephone Company buildings, including using cross wire on the Mainframe and underground cables. I KNOW what I can push.

" … an old telephone line to that room that used to be used for a landline. Can this line be reused …. "
— Maybe. I would have to see the wire behind the router and in your room and to map how the wires are connected (bus or star.)

" … in the room below the room …. "
— How clean or how nasty do you willing to wire?
You could drill straight down and run a Ethernet cord.
You can patch jacks on the wall in both rooms, and run an Ethernet cable between, inside the walls, or in/out with the wire outside the house. Exactly how you run the cable will depend on your house — which is why I got the big money.

Beau:
as long as you dont wanna use gigabit and are fine with having a slow connection, because ethernet cables are specially twisted to provide good connection. If you wanna keep fast internet, you can get a powerline adapter, stick with wifi, or wire ethernet through your house, which is expensive.
Ianab:
Probably not unless the wiring is recent and someone did the whole house in Cat5 wiring.

It it just a regular phone cable it will just be cheap twisted pair wire that wont handle the transmission speeds of Ethernet even if you change the sockets over.

ananthi:
I use the Netgear powerlines to get an internet connection into my kids room. Worked awesome. Gave him his own ethernet connection AND his own wireless access point.
yaknamedjak:
No. Yes just connect with a long ethernet cable.
Libraryanna:
No, two different kinds of lines. You can connect with a standard phone line to the router downstairs or the cable modem.
Richard:
You can run a long Ethernet cable directly back to the router, or use Powerline network adapters such as:

http://www.tp-link.us/products/details/c…

I hope this helps.

sophieb:
I don't really know what you're asking. I do know that the new computers no longer have the programs inside nor the connection on them for dialup, i.e. the landline.
Johnny Drama Machine:
Wow!
This is amazing.
How did you post this?

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