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Can a rotary phone be hooked up to wireless phone jack system and work? Answered

I have an old retro looking rotary phone I want to hook up as simply as possible because I don't want to run a phone wire if I don't have to because the area is not that easily accessed.

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2012-04-02

+1. If you really want to use a retro phone with pulse dial, you can buy a lowcost adapter which changes it to tone for you.

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kelseymh (author)2012-04-02

Um. Wait. What exactly is a "wireless phone jack system"? The term "jack" refers to the connectors used for wires.

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BTGuy (author)kelseymh2012-04-03

A wireless phone jack is one that plugs into a power outlet not a house jack for easy hook up of another phone.

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kelseymh (author)BTGuy2012-04-03

Fascinating! Thank you very much; I've never run into this before. So how does it connect to the phone system? Is there a base station that you plug into both the wall and to a regular phone jack?

And does the wireless block that plugs into a wall outlet also have a regular RJ-45 socket (phone jack) on it?

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BTGuy (author)kelseymh2012-04-04

Yes a regular modern phone can be hooked up just by plugging it in.

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BTGuy (author)kelseymh2012-04-03

It has a base unit which plugs into any outlet near an existing phone jack then plug extension jack into any other outlet in the house and add a phone. Except the phone I wanted to add is a rotary so it won't work.

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kelseymh (author)BTGuy2012-04-03

Ah, I see. The problem is most probably with that "extension jack." It takes the (tone) signal off the RJ-45 and puts it onto the house wiring as a high-frequency digital modulation on top of the 60 Hz AC.

I doubt that the electronics in the extension box is set up to deal with rotary-style analog inputs.

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frollard (author)kelseymh2012-04-03

its a 'powerline data' connection -- common for extending a phone line to where you don't have one, but as I commented below, I don't think the little adapter gadgets they make these days are designed for the high voltage drive for an old rotary phone.

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frollard (author)2012-04-02

It should work - the protocol/wiring hasn't changed in years -- the remote box might not have enough power to fire the ring solenoid (about 70v) but it *should* work

addendum: many phone providers do not support pulse dial (not touch-tone) any longer -- after the switch to digital backends at the phone trunk, pulse was mostly phased out.

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BTGuy (author)frollard2012-04-03

It did work in regular house phone jacks so it does work just not with the wireless jack.

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