Wiring a RJ31X Jack for a Home Alarm System

A RJ31X is nothing more than a specially wired RJ45 plug that allows a security system to share the telephone line with standard household phones instead of paying for an additional telephone line just for the security system. In the event of an alarm, if the phone is in use or off the hook, the RJ31X disconnects the house phones temporarily so the the security system can take over the phone line and make the call to the alarm company.

A standard 8P8C/RJ45 connector (same as Ethernet) plugs into the RJ31X jack to connect the security system. Usually, Cat-5 cable is used, however a 4 conductor telephone line can be used as a substitute providing it terminates with a RJ45 connector and not the typical RJ11.

Two standard telephone lines are wired to the RJ31X, one from the phone company and one to the rest of the phone system. Both transmit conductors are spliced together, as well as both receives. The individual transmit and receive conductors are then also spliced to their respective pins in the RJ31X jack.

Security System Phone1 Cat-51 RJ45 Jack Internal Wiring Phone System
Receive 1 <==             Pin 1 <==+==> House Phones
      Pin 22    |   
      Pin 32    |   
Recieve <==             Pin 4 <==+==[ Telephone Company
Transmit <==             Pin 5 <==+==[ Telephone Company
      Pin 62    |   
      Pin 72    |   
Transmit 1 <==             Pin 8 <==+==> House Phones

1: 4 conductor telephone line or Cat-5 cable can be used. Both are shown to demonstrate the proper wiring to the pins on the RJ31X

2: Pins 2, 3, 6, and 7 are unused in a RJ31X plug