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PHONELINE HARDWARE ANNOYANCES

SHARING A PHONE JACK

The Annoyance:

I want to add a third computer to our two-computer phoneline network. The room where I need the computer has a phone jack, but the jack is being used by a telephone.

The Fix:

You can share the phone jack between the telephone and the computer by inserting a modular duplex jack into the wall receptacle. This nifty device, which most people refer to as a splitter, has a regular RJ11 plug on one side. Plug that in the jack. The other side has two RJ11 female connectors. Use one connector for the telephone, and the other for a length of telephone cable that you run to the new computer. Splitters are available everywhere you can buy telephone equipment, including your local supermarket.


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