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Ziotek 2 to 1 Telephone Switchbox RJ11
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- Rugged steel construction to handle everyday use.
- Hard casing to prevent EMI/RFI interference.
- Simple plug and play use.
- Wired straight-through pin-to-pin connectors for ensured compatibility.
- Anti-skid rubber feet to protect table tops; Heavy duty easy-to-turn rotary switch
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Ziotek 2 to 1 Telephone Switchbox RJ11 ZT1050010
Use this physical switch to control your telephone lines. One turn switches focus from one 6P6C (RJ11) port to the other.
Brand: Ziotek Model: ZT1050010
WARNING: California Proposition 65 Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harms. Wash hands after handling the product.
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To combat this I have a telephone white list box that only allows numbers I program in to ring my phone. This way, only certain emergency numbers or family members can call me in the middle of the night or during meals. Trouble was that needed to plug or unplug the white list device several times a day as needed and that's a lot of wear and tear on the plugs and sockets.
This saves all that damage. I ran the phone cable from the Straight Talk base to the "In" port on this switch. I installed a simple line splitter on my phone. I then ran the position "A" plug directly to the phone while the "B" plug goes through the white list box and then to the phone.
When the switch is in the "A" or "open" position, anybody can call my phone. Before bedtime or meals, I turn the switch to the "B" or "lock down" position and the white list box filters out any calls not programmed in. Full functionality or peace and quiet with the turn of a switch. What's not to like? :-)
A simple solution to a common problem, my problem was I was tired of manually switching phone line rj11 cables to my fax machine after cancelling my second fax line. This simply box makes you put one simple rj11 input to the phone jack on the I/O port, then you have two outputs an A and a B, one goes to the fax machine the other to your phone. Then you simply switch the switch on the front to use either the phone or fax on the same line. I would recommend buying three new RJ11 cables as well, it's just less of a hassle.
The design is quite bulky and is almost. as someone else said, the size of a router it looks like something from the 80's or 90's a telephone rj11 switch shouldn't be that large with modern technology . I would've also liked that it would've come with some sort of label or easy to write on surface for any sort of marker because a normal non sharpie marker I had on hand will not write on the surface.
All in all totally would recommend buying this if you have one phone line you share between a fax and phone and need something that easily switches between the two
If it matters to you, please note that on some web sites which list technical details, this identical switch is advertised as "Make before break". This means that, for example, when turning the switch from A to B, the connection to A is maintained until the connection to B is established, following which the connection to A is switched off. This was the behavior I wanted for my application.
However, I can confirm that the switch is "Break before Make". This is the typical switch configuration, and probably what most buyers want anyway, so no harm no foul for most applications. Just be aware before purchase in case you were looking for "Make before break". This switch isn't it.
Both times I received a data switch, which has different wiring and did not work with my phones. Amazon took both products back but someone there should check what is happening.
My one star has nothing to do with the final product, only that I could not get it twice, so I had nothing to review.
Update: Third time worked. This time I order it "used" (these things do not "wear" out -- at least not in my lifetime). Strangely the box was for a computer peripheral switch, so I didn't have high hopes when I plugged it in. Lo and behold! It worked on my phones, unlike the "new" products I ordered.
Warning, if you have this problem, and after much wasted research, the wiring of the boxes I had originally got were likely RJ45 not RJ11/RJ12, as advertised. The phone plug will fit into both.
So if your purchase doesn't 'work' out of the box, return it with a complaint about a wrong delivery.
The few bucks I saved in buying 'used' was not worth the hassle. But at least now I can switch phones quickly. Old tech still works!
I updated to three stars, an average. Five stars for working correctly and one star for repeatedly getting the wrong product.
It's kind of old school and 1980s looking but it does what it is supposed to do.