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I am trying to upgrade customers in my county from circa 1980's Nortel to Adtran IP PBX 7100,challenge is CAT 3 cabling. Can I use a 1234P in conjunction with the 7100 and be okay ? Also the media converter is it necessary for every set ?

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Re: I am trying to upgrade customers in my county from circa 1980's Nortel to Adtran IP PBX 7100,challenge is CAT 3 cabling. Can I use a 1234P in conjunction with the 7100 and be okay ? Also the media converter is it necessary for every set ?

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Are you confusing the 1234p with the 1235?

The Netvanta 1235P supports ActiveReach technology and will support Ethernet to support all grades of wiring - CAT5, CAT3 or legacy copper. When using the ActiveReach feature you will need a Media converter for each drop. Delivers 10/100 Mbps voice, data and even Power over Ethernet (PoE) over existing cabling.

I have used this unit with great reasults !

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Re: I am trying to upgrade customers in my county from circa 1980's Nortel to Adtran IP PBX 7100,challenge is CAT 3 cabling. Can I use a 1234P in conjunction with the 7100 and be okay ? Also the media converter is it necessary for every set ?

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Cat. 3 may be suitable for short runs, I've done it in a pinch.  Keep in mind that most if not all IP phones have a pass-through port for data.  If most of the users also have computers connected by Cat. 5 you can use this for the IP Phones as well as the existing computers. 

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Re: I am trying to upgrade customers in my county from circa 1980's Nortel to Adtran IP PBX 7100,challenge is CAT 3 cabling. Can I use a 1234P in conjunction with the 7100 and be okay ? Also the media converter is it necessary for every set ?

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Are you confusing the 1234p with the 1235?

The Netvanta 1235P supports ActiveReach technology and will support Ethernet to support all grades of wiring - CAT5, CAT3 or legacy copper. When using the ActiveReach feature you will need a Media converter for each drop. Delivers 10/100 Mbps voice, data and even Power over Ethernet (PoE) over existing cabling.

I have used this unit with great reasults !

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Re: I am trying to upgrade customers in my county from circa 1980's Nortel to Adtran IP PBX 7100,challenge is CAT 3 cabling. Can I use a 1234P in conjunction with the 7100 and be okay ? Also the media converter is it necessary for every set ?

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Thanks JW,I appreciate it.