However, from your pictures, (I think) you have 2 wire bunches going into the house, after taking the wires off the screw terminals, need to connect the 2 wire bunches together using butt splice scotchlok connectors (white-blue to white-blue and blue-white to blue-white; leave all other wires alone, let them hang loose. If you have copper leads on the other wires, see below). Unless you know the screw terminals you connected your wires to (in your pictures) are for sure isolated from Telephone Company, I wouldn't connect the wires to the screw terminals as you have them.
Once you have connected white-blue to white-blue and blue-white to blue-white using butt splice scotchlok connectors, all your L1 (Line 1) jacks inside the house should be connected so that you can distribute your ooma dialtone throughout the house.
The problem is you may have L2, L3, or even L4 jacks inside the house.
After you took your wires off the screw terminals initiallly, if you haven't cut the copper leads yet, you can probably still tell which wires were on the screw terminals by examining whether they have copper leads or not. Let's say you have the white-orange/orange-white wires with copper leads, then you'd want to connect the white-orange wires to the white-blue wires and orange-white wires to the blue-white wires to connect all the L1 and L2 together.
I lack expertise in phone installation so I wouldn't know what connetors to use if you want to connect more than 3 wires together.
Maybe it is acceptable to use a bolt and nut to connect more than 3 wires together and use black electric tape to insulate the bolt/nut? Can someone confirm? Of course you'd want to make sure your ooma dialtone is disconnected from your house wiring while you are messing with wires at the NIB to avoid shorting anything and then damaging your ooma.
For your case, since your wire bunch only has 4 pairs, worst case scenario, you have to connect white-blue, white-orange, white-green, white-brown together from both wire bunches (that's 8 wires all together) and then connect blue-white, orange-white, green-white, brown-white together from both wire bunches (again, that's 8 wires all together). This method is really extreme but once you do this, all your jacks inside the house should all be connected together and dialtone distribution should work.
This may be a silly question, but to I connect the white-blue with the white-orange to make one wire that is inserted in the red connector and then the blue-white with the orange white to make the second wire to be inserted into the connector? Just need to make sure I do this right tomorrow.
I just bought the splices at Low's, and it's in a pack of 25 pieces: (<$7.00)
* 5 blue tap connectors for tapping to an existing line
* 10 yellow 2 port connector for connecting two wires <<< you need this
* 10 red 3 port connector for connecting three wires.
There is no instruction on the package, but the usage is pretty straight forward, just insert the wires fully and then squeeze the top with a plier, you can even do it with your own fingers.
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The basic is simple, you just need to connect the wires with the same color together.kayembee wrote:Unfortunately I clipped off the copper so I don't know what the original leads were. Now I have to hope that connecting the blue wires and the orange wires I should be good to go.
Does it mean that the phone line and the fax line have distinct phone number?I had a phone line and a fax line before I got the Ooma. The red connectors that I have will hold up to three wires. So I would put the wires together as you mentioned.
Uh No question is a silly question. From your pictures, you have 2 CAT5 cables come out from inside the house. Each cable has four pairs of wires, but you probably need two pairs for now (blue and orange pairs)This may be a silly question, but to I connect the white-blue with the white-orange to make one wire that is inserted in the red connector and then the blue-white with the orange white to make the second wire to be inserted into the connector? Just need to make sure I do this right tomorrow.
- connect the two blue wires with white strip together. each bunch wires only has one wire of this color.
- do the same for the two white wires with blue strip.
Do not mix the blue wires with any others color wires. I say it again, only connecting the wires with exactly the same color together.