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Inherited a NT5B05 3x8 with my house and I'm flumoxed...

Hi, Apparently the previous owner of our new house had a home-based business because there's a nicely-installed NT5B05 phone system in the basement (there were also about 4 digital satelite splitters but that's another story) and I have no idea how to make this system work. It didn't come with a manual and I still haven't found one on the web (still looking). I can provide pictures of the install for reference. There is an outlet on the junction box outside of the NT5B05 with a connected line labelled "home".
I happen to have a Meridian 9516 phone in my posession from a long-past home office I had.
My questions are: - should I use the NT5B05 seeing as how I'll only be using it as a home phone? (I have kids, one of whom - a daughter - is 9 so I imagine multiple lines might one day come in useful) or get rid of it/bypass it?
- if "yes" to "keep it", how do I program it? i.e. I'd love to have my hold music selection.

- will the 9516 and any normal cordless phone work with this system?
- does this unit use a lot of electricity?
Much thanks in advance!

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By the year 2012 or 2013 it's not likely you will pay $20-30 for an additional land line instead of $10 for a cell phone :-)

The cabinet is a Digital Compact 308 for 3 outside lines and 8 digital extensions without caller ID. The system uses M7208/7310 and possibly 7324 phones. If you fetch $100 for it on eBay, I'd be amazed. Here's a stolen link to someone who has a description of one.


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