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#32587 by wdnick
Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:29 am
I have a question about the required dry looping of my DSL line required for number porting.

If I understand this correctly, the phone company can do this without sending a technician to the house. Is this correct and do the Telcos usually charge for this? I have AT&T for that it's worth.

One thing that I read said that while the line is dry looped that I will then not have a dial tone on my land line, but will still receive DSL though it and can make calls through VoIP. What about incoming calls?? Since there is no dial tone, will I get incoming calls on the land line before the porting is complete?

#33924 by roadsidephil
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:19 am
I'm trying to figure out the same thing here, but unfortunately, I'm not quite understanding yet. So I hope you'll excuse me going over it again.

I'm also on AT&T, so all the same should apply here.

If I switch to dry loop first, I'll lose my landline phone service, which means I won't be able to port the number.
If I port first, then I lose my DSL when the port goes through?

So I guess my question is about timing. If it takes 3-4 weeks for the port to happen, I can't be without phone service. And in my case, a temp phone number won't work either as I'm running a business and my number is plastered all over everything.

Or, is there a way to get the dsl and landline separated while still keeping my landline active until the port goes through?

Appreciate your help. :)

Phil Johnson
#33927 by murphy
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:42 am
You need to dry loop your DSL service to a different pair of wires and keep your phone service on the existing pair of wires .
When the port goes through the number will leave and the existing wire pair will no longer have a dial tone go completely dead.
The point is to separate your DSL service from your phone service prior to the port.
#33929 by viet.qnguyen
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:14 am

If I dry loop while maintaining the DSL service on the landline, do I have to do inside the house rewiring at the jack that my dsl modem is currently connected to get internet from the dry loop.

If so an alternative would be to

1. Cancel the DSL on the landline first.
2. Do the number port.
3. Once number port completes, Sign up for Dry loop DSL which would then go on the vacated pair. The upside is no rewiring inside the house? Downside can be without dsl service for a while due to the number port.

Is this line of reasoning correct?

#34002 by viet.qnguyen
Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:48 pm
I'm with ATT. Does anyone know what the procedure for number porting for someone with DSL + landline?

Ooma requires for porting that I don't have DSL on the landline which means I have to remove the DSL portion. Then add the dry loop dsl which should be on another line if I want to maintain internet service while the porting is in progess.

#34005 by ckbrou
Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:38 am
I am also with AT&T and have the same question. If I switch to dsl direct (dry loop) right now It seems that I would be in danger of loosing my AT&T number before the port went through. If I don't switch and start the porting process it seems that when the port takes place my dsl will be disconnected when the number is moved from AT&T to ooma. I am wondering if this would work:
1. Keep my DSL and AT&T phone number setup as it is now
2. Start the number port
3. In a few weeks when the port goes through my internet and phone connection will stop working.
4. I then call up AT&T to have them switch me over to DSL Direct (dry loop).
5. I assume that this will cause me to be without internet and phone for a couple of days but I am not sure what else to do.

Is this my best option?

#34010 by murphy
Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:48 am
Do the dry loop first. When that is done you will have two phone lines coming into your house. One will have the DSL signal and the other will have your current phone line.
The new DSL line should go directly to your DSL modem and no place else.
There is no reason that you should be without phone service except for about 8 hours on the day the port takes place.

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