Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GMan Awesome product
I bought a pair of these to replace an old patch panel. The old patch panel only let me have 12 active single lines. I had 8 drops in my house and wanted all 4 lines to be active at each drop (even though I only have 2 lines coming in). I am finishing my basement and will be adding 6 more drops. The old patch panel just wasn't going to cut it. With these two modules, I can get up to 17 drops with all 4 lines active. I've added the eight drops from my upstairs and bridged the two modules together. I'll be adding the other six in the basement soon.
It turned my matted mess of a patch panel into something more elegant and simple.
Check out the picture of the old patch panel and how simple these modules look.
March 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tom3 Great! Can be used without cabinet!
I finally got around to cleaning up some home phone wiring. The old makeshift junction had issues and was causing poor phone signals on some handsets. My initial plan was to use a 66 block but that is much more complicated than using this for the simple phone set ups in most homes. You can literally spend a whole weekend reading different tutorials online about wiring a 66 block and still be left scratching your head if you're not familiar with telecom wiring.
This is so simple. Just punch down all your wiring following the color scheme that's clearly marked on the connectors. That's it.
You'll punch down your incoming lines on one connector. Each line has a pair of wires. Once you do that, all the other connectors will get that signal so you just need to punch down the wires that go to the jacks. All the blue/white pins are connected to all the other blue/white pins, all the blue pins are connected to all the other blue pins, etc.
While it's designed for 4 pair twisted pair cable you can also use it with older green, red, black yellow phone wire as well as I did for some lines. Just remember.
Line 1: white/blue to green and blue to red
Line 2: white/orange to black and orange to yellow
If you mix up the two colors of a line it still works but try to be consistent. I did it on one and haven't gotten around to changing it yet but will.
You can have up to 4 incoming phone lines from your telco going to up to 8 different jacks. If you only want certain lines going to certain jacks just punch down only the pairs for those lines but you'll probably need to break with the color coding standard either at the module or at the jack. I think preferably at the jack for consistency.
If you're wiring more than 8 jacks it's easy to bridge two of these together. Just punch down a cable between the two of them. One end of the cable on one of the 110 blocks of one and the other end on one of the other. Or you can just split the incoming wires and attach them to both.
The best part is you can use this even if you don't have a structured media cabinet. If you pull out the black plastic pins you can just use those holes to screw it down to something solid. That's how I ended up using it.
It comes with a small plastic punch down tool too. It won't trim off the extra wire so you'll have to do that afterwards with a a scissor or wire cutters. It's much easier to use a regular punch down tool that trims off the extra wire but if you're not going to be doing a lot of these you can use the included one and save some money.
So much easier to use than screw terminals too. You don't have to strip the wires, just the outer jacket. When you punch down the wires, the metal posts in the connectors tear the insulation on the wires to make contact. The connections are also very secure and it's easy to see which wire is which in case you need to service the lines in the future. With some effort, you can pull out the wires if you need to at some point.
If some of your phone wires aren't long enough to reach the location you plan to mount this module and you don't want to run new cable, you can splice extra wire on to extend the line using the Ideal Yellow IDC connectors also available from Home Depot.
January 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigHandsBro Snaps Right In
It was very easy to install and the Cat6 Punch downs held into place real well. It was nice to have a basic punch down tool included, but luckily I had my own and all worked out fine.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cgoyette Get it!
This device provided a junction box for seven telephone jacks in my home. It is pre-assembled with a mounting bracket allowing me to secure it to a 2by4 support in my attic. Even came with its own tool to punch-down the connections... fantastic!
July 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RaulDGO Worth it
Bought this as a stand alone item. It works great. One source cable run to the module then wire to each jack. Great time save and makes for a clean phone wiring install or rework.
January 24, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jdogsummer Perfect for application, easy instalation
Snapped into our Leviton Distribution panel perfectly easy to install and setup.
January 17, 2012