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J.B. Wood
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Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:10 pm   



Hello, all. I live in a decades-old small (8 units) appartment building
and was recently (but not surprised) that I received a letter from
Verizon about a switch-over from copper to fiber.

I've had a POTS phone for decades and some friends of mine in
single-family residences have some sort of converter that allows for use
of the old analog phone devices on the fiber cable. Verizon states they
will use existing building POTS wiring for the conversion and a
subscriber box will have battery backup. Does anyone know where this
subscriber box is to be located? My guess is it would be located where
the POTS fan-out box now resides (the laundry room). Also, does the
converter box supply a dial tone? Thanks for your time and comment.
Sincerely,
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J. B. Wood e-mail: arl_123234_at_hotmail.com

Roger Blake
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Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:32 am   



On 2016-09-19, J.B. Wood <arl_123234_at_hotmail.com> wrote:
Quote:
subscriber box is to be located? My guess is it would be located where
the POTS fan-out box now resides (the laundry room). Also, does the
converter box supply a dial tone? Thanks for your time and comment.
Sincerely,


Yes, it will probably be put where your phone wiring currently comes
in. At our house that's in the basement. The converter is essentially
a miniature transistorized CO that provides dial tone and ring current,
and interfaces your analog phones to the FIOS network. Our FIOS box
supports pulse dialing so our old Western Electric rotary phones work
fine with it, but it's a few years old now and I don't know if the newer
units still have this feature.

The main downside is that you'll lose phone service in a power outage long
enough to exhaust your local backup battery. With the copper lines power
was supplied by the CO.

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J.B. Wood
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Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:56 pm   



On 09/19/2016 09:32 PM, Roger Blake wrote:

Quote:
Yes, it will probably be put where your phone wiring currently comes
in. At our house that's in the basement. The converter is essentially
a miniature transistorized CO that provides dial tone and ring current,
and interfaces your analog phones to the FIOS network. Our FIOS box
supports pulse dialing so our old Western Electric rotary phones work
fine with it, but it's a few years old now and I don't know if the newer
units still have this feature.

The main downside is that you'll lose phone service in a power outage long
enough to exhaust your local backup battery. With the copper lines power
was supplied by the CO.


Thanks for the reply, Roger. That's what I suspected. A co-worker has
that setup in his house basement where the FIOS cable enters and then is
split into coax for his cable modem and wiring to his POTS phones.
It's like Willie Nelson's Martin guitar. You'd have to pry my cold,
dead hands from those 30+ year old Western Electric DTMF phones that I
use. Sincerely,

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J. B. Wood e-mail: arl_123234_at_hotmail.com

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