very confusing....pshch wrote: ↑Dec 11th, 2009 6:01 pmHow many pairs your cable has? Usually they came as either 2, 3 or 4 pairs. If you are lucky and you have 4 pairs you can have a phone and 4 network locations in the house (central point will have 3 jacks and each will be connected to the switch/router and other 3 - single jack through the house). To do this you will have to interconnect 3 matching pairs in telco box - so cable which runs to you central location will have all 4 pairs used and other 3 cables just 2 pairs - one for network and one for the phone. In theory this should and probably will work (I even use cat3 between my PC and WDTV box and getting 6-8MB/s). But because you are mixing phone and several network connections inside the same cable quality won't be impressive especially when you are on the phone and just using G wireless network may be not much more expensive but provide comparable speed and better flexibility.
anyways back to the original poster
yes it can be done and works fine.
With standard cat5e you can have a 10/100 network and 2 phone lines off a single cat5e cable as network only uses 2 pair.
Is there anyway you can pull those lines from the demarc back into the house where the elec panel is or is the demarc box on another side of the house? You mentioned your basement is finished but they usually install the demarc on the leg of the meter base which is where the panel usually resides (not always true)