View Full Version : Analog phone line wireless bridge?
04-23-2007, 10:47 AM
OK, I'm stumped.
Wireless-bridge products exist for connecting things like a Tivo, or a Slingbox, or an Xbox -- things that only have an Ethernet port, not 802.11x connectivity -- to a wireless network. On one end is an Ethernet cable to connect to the product, and on the other end is some sort of lump that connects via 802.11x to your switch or router.
Now... is there an equivalent for a fax line? I have a fax machine in one room and I have the phone jack in the other. There is no way to run a phone line through the ceiling or the floor. If this was a phone, it would be very easy -- put phone's base station by phone jack, put phone handset in the other room.
I have to believe there is a product similar to a wireless bridge -- phoneline on one end, connected to a lump that connects via 900MHz/2.4GHz/5.8GHz consumer telephone wireless to a base station.
Does this exist? Am I at all coherent with this request?
Edit: I should add that I'm aware of the powerline converters for phone lines, but this is for an old office and I don't know the electrical system... so not sure if it's on the same circuitry or whatever. I suppose I could try though?
04-23-2007, 06:56 PM
Google my friend "Wireless Phone Jack"
Also where there is a will there is a way to run cable.
if you have access to the atic or if there is a drop celing or crawl space it is easy to add an aditonal phone jack. and it is ol to run surface mount as well. just have to check your place out.
04-23-2007, 07:08 PM
I appreciate the suggestions, but I think it may be you who needs to read my post more carefully my friend :)
As I said, I do know of the powerline converters, but having used powerline data networking in the past as well as the powerline "antennas", I'm very familiar with their... not working. The fact that this is for an office in an old building as well makes me leery of spending the money - if you're not on the same circuit, I don't think it works, and the two offices that need to be linked are in different segments of a building. One side was built in the 1850s, and another in the 1970s, so I can only imagine the electrical work.
As for running cable, it's just simply impossible. The building was built with soundproofed offices. While there is a drop ceiling, the walls are concrete straight up through that ceiling. The concrete's been drilled through for electrical cabling, but only wide enough for the one cable with the surrounded edges sealed.
We can try the powerline adapters but it would be a "maybe" and I'm looking for a sure thing, but maybe they just don't have a similar product to wireless bridges.
04-23-2007, 07:32 PM
Sounds like the wireless phone jack may be your only option to try -- I've never seen other options.
04-24-2007, 03:29 AM
I have seen a wireless 28k bridge like what you're looking for, but I haven't seen it available for a while.
EDIT: I even looked at a bunch of different radio vendors, from SCADA sites to Black Box, and I can't find something that fits your need. Lots of wireless v.90 modems, wireless serial bridges and even USB extenders, but nothing that will do POTS point-to-point (yet). I'll keep looking for you, this is a puzzle, that's for sure.
04-24-2007, 09:27 PM
Can you tap in to where the service enters the building and run the cable around the outside of the building and in through a window or drill through the jam of the window. And run the cable.
Lots of phone companies will run an additional line for you for about $60 at least in my region of the country. Run it around the inside of the walls and under or above doors. There is a frame you could probably drill through in most doors. Take the casing off of around doors and check out the clearance.
Use a copeing saw and cut a notch under the doors in the jam.
A lot of the foam around cables entering the building is a fire retardant or fire stop most of it will pull out making way for an additional cable.
Use an efax service or network copier
Tell them to get up of their lazy ass and walk to the fax.
04-24-2007, 09:33 PM
is there an attic what kind of roof. is there plumbing there are usualy vent pipes for gases that come through the roof run the cable through that to enter the building then drill a small hole in the pipe and fish the wire thtough it and seal around the wire
also what about HVAC i have had luck runing wires through the HVAC duct work. use a plenum grade cable
04-27-2007, 09:37 PM
Sorry for not replying back earlier! I am having trouble receiving email notifications of new thread responses.
Cutting a notch under the door may be an option... I'll have to check to see if we're allowed to do that. Attic or otherwise is out, though -- the room is pretty much a solid concrete cell... no windows or anything.
Thanks for the suggestions, all.
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