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Very basic home networking question.

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Speak of the devil.

I think the primary reason is the phone is using the ethernet jack as its power supply instead of a wall wart. This way, when a fire (in a chemistry department, a significant concern) takes out the power, I can't call 911, and also precludes a conventional ethernet switch. This is called progress.
Comon now- actually your phone will probably stay up during a power outage, because the switches should be on a UPS designed to stay up during power outages and catastrophic events. :)

Nothing is going to work forever in a fire, but units powering emergency services need to be identified and given special treatment.

I have UPS power from my computer room runnkng to evry floor of our building just to power the switches that power the phones. Makes 911 service available even during a power outage, which is usually when someone needs 911.
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  1. wgscott's Avatar
    They actually went back and installed some emergency analog phones in the building because of this problem.

    I got rid of my last UPS when I discovered it was actually causing more problems then it was solving, and taking my SGI down with it (yes, that dates both me and this).
  2. Paul R's Avatar
    Oh They Lord... I always keep a couple last ditch analog lines around, but boy- they do sound like they slap at the symptom and not the cause...
  3. wgscott's Avatar
    It's a clown-show run from the monkey cage.