Tonight as we sat at the dinner table my five year old daughter looked at me, pointed to the wall mounted phone jack and uttered three words that were completely unexpected. “What is that?” A fine question indeed… Instead of explaining that the wall mounted oddity we’ve been staring at for years is actually a primitive means of communication, I replied “People used to plug their modems in there”. The subsequent confusion then brought on several minutes of much needed silence.
Could it really be true? Has our beloved phone jack really become an ancient relic from a time gone by? Could this be the 2014 version of the really old weird stuff that creeps kids out– just like the milk door built into the side of my Great Aunt Catherine’s house? I found that rather difficult to accept. It’s not like we’ve got an old four-prong model affixed near the floor; this is the updated modular RJ11 variety mounted high upon the kitchen wall! I can still remember having one installed, and the glorious increase in speed it brought to my 1200 baud modem which had previously only been connecting at the dreaded 300 baud rate.
Alas, my daughter is right. We should have this old-timers device removed and replaced with something better… But what could possibly be more fun to look at than an RJ11 wall mounted phone jack? Please feel free to offer your suggestions.
Should you find yourself in need of professional help to remove such an antique from your own home (or perhaps have it replaced with something more fashionable like gigabit Ethernet) you can look for a reputable local IT services company specializing in structured cabling.
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IT Connect – Computer Service Center