Ok, this is for you guys with a lot more cabling experience than I have. I went to this guy's house to set up a router and share two computers. I was told the house is wired for data and voice. Well, it was, I guess.
What I find is two telco 6 post punch-down blocks in the basement. The first block is labeled cat5 and I assume that is data. The second block is bridged to the first. This second block I assume is voice. Problem is, whoever did the installation ran dial tone to the first block, thereby running dial tone to the rj45 wall jacks. Actually, there is dial tone everywhere. I confirmed this when I plugged into the rj45 jack and killed the guy's dial tone.
I think this guy should have a patch panel, eliminating the "data" punch-down block. That way, I could put the router and cable modem near the phone stuff, and run patch cables from the router ports to the patch panel which would be wired to the wall jacks, appropriately labeled. This is the way it should be done, correct? Are there any other acceptable alternatives with the existing setup?
My other question is this: I noticed that not only were the jacks wired incorrectly (the cabler used pins 1,2,4 and 5), but that all the other "dead" wires were just left dangling. Shouldn't all these wires be terminated on both ends, or can you get away with leaving them loose like that? Any input would be appreciated. I'm probably going to have to tell the guy who did this how to do it properly, so I want to be sure I'm on the right track here. Thanks for any comments.