"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by AliceWonder, May 20, 2022, 07:37:22 PM
Quote from: AliceWonder on May 20, 2022, 07:37:22 PMHello.I tend to data dump (on the spectrum) so I'll do the TLDR first and then my data dump introduction...TLDR: I'm in late 40s, soon to be rewiring phone lines in home, in love with the 702 series Princess Phones (Grandma had one, mother let her assisted living helper have it when Grandma died - no grudge, she worked hard caring for Grandma, but I would have loved it). Will be looking for classic rotary and touchtone phones at thrift shops / yard sales / etc. to try to restore to working order.--- The TL Part ---Big house, currently seven adults spread across five bedrooms in a sort of semi-socialist communal living arrangement that Bay Area housing costs dictate is the only way to keep us from being homeless. I do most of the maintenance, including planning functional upgrades, with the home owners blessing (I've known them for most of my life, before I was an adult).Recently rewired the coaxial cable system and installed Cat6 for superior LAN speeds. Next up is modernizing the phone system. I'm leaving the existing PTSN system mostly alone (it has two customer bridge modules in the NID, one is used by alarm system and other isn't used) but will be installing both a six-line NID (Tii 3600 series) and a three-lie NID (Tii 3700 series) in the attic for VoIP line distribution.Don't like transformers etc. in attic, so VoIP ATA will actually be in the garage, and lines will run from the FXS ports to the six-line NID that I will be using for phone service.Plan is to put any needed ring signal boosters/conditioners, pulse to tone converters, etc. that are needed for classic analog phone compatibility by the VoIP ATA before that lines goes up to the six-line NID.The three-line NID will be to support Princess Phones (and other things). I have detailed plan but Introduction thread probably isn't best place.Anyway, I want to scavenge old phones to restore and use in the various bedrooms. Residents can buy their own newer phones if they want modern crapola, but restored classic phones owned by our residence collective will be made available to anyone renting a room, and the phones will work, and the VoIP system will support them.I'm here to try and learn as much as I can in general and when I do find a phone that needs to be restored, get specific information and help when needed fixing that phone.What help I can offer to others is rather limited right now, phone wiring and repair is brand new to me. Until last week, I didn't even know why the two wires were called "Tip" and "Ring"
Quote from: MMikeJBenN27 on May 20, 2022, 10:26:12 PMYou should leave your phone wiring alone, unless the phone company is forcing you to do something that will hurt the performance of "classic" phones.Mike