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Wires from the wall are 2(orange/white), 2(blue/white) 2(white/orange and 2(white/blue) my phone outlet which is wired has 1(black), 1(blue), 1(yellow) and 1(black. How are my wall wires to be attached to the outlet?

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Take a look at this image:

wires from the wall are - 0d5b58e.jpg Notice that the Line 1 will typically present on pins 3&4 and Line 2 on 2&5. I would think in your case Black/Blue is Line 1 (3&4) and Yellow/Black is Line 2 (2&5).

If you have a 1 line phone and only have 1 line active, then typically blue and blue/white can be connected to the Blue and Black of your Jack. If this doesn't work, switch with the Yellow and Black.

Please let me know if you have further questions. Good Luck!

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

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