How to Add Wireless Phone Jacks for Fax Machines
By Dave Maddox
It's a simple problem with a simple, high-tech solution: There's no phone jack where your fax machine needs to go. Wireless phone jacks, both voice and data, and data-only, will handle the fax data signal by carrying it over the power lines to the actual wired telephone jack. Multiple jacks can operate in conjunction with a single main module plugged into the physical jack, in a way similar to regular wired jacks sharing a single line.
Plug the base unit into a telephone jack in the wall using a phone cord.
Plug the power adapter into both a wall power outlet and the base unit.
Plug the extension unit into a wall power outlet near the fax machine. Locate the base and extension units on the same power circuit, if possible.
Plug the fax machine, using a phone cord, into the extension unit. Some models may have a switch from data to voice, which should be adjusted for data use.
Items you will need
Base wireless jack
Remote wireless jack
2 Phone cords
Connecting the devices to filtered, UPS or surge protected power supplies could reduce the effectiveness of the transmission through the power wires.
Wireless phone jacks only work with voice; fax and dial-up modems and are not for extending DSL or other data connections.
Avoid using other power line technologies in the same office, such as X10.
Dave Maddox began journalism and article writing in 2005, after several decades of technical writing. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites, including Politics West by the "Denver Post." He has advanced training in electronics, computing and digital photography. Maddox studied literary theory and computer science at Harvard University.