Vonage - expandable phones

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Hi, I just signed up for Vonage and realize I have a problem. My cable
modem is only on the second floor of my house, but I want a phone on
the first floor too. I was told by Vonage that I could buy an
"expandable cordless phone" that doesn't need to have the phone line
(or cable modem) plugged directly into it, but just needs to be
plugged into an electrical outlet. Can someone offer advice on a good
model that will do this? Also, how is this phone receiving the signal?
Will it work with my existing cordless phone on the second floor, or
do I need to buy at least two new cordless phones for this to all
work?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot.


Re: Vonage - expandable phones
On 5 Aug 2004 15:05:23 -0700, rhharris123@hotmail.com (RH Harris) wrote:

>Hi, I just signed up for Vonage and realize I have a problem. My cable
>modem is only on the second floor of my house, but I want a phone on
>the first floor too.

Your choices are:

1. Put a splitter on the POTS output of the Vonage adapter and run a pair
from it to where you want the second instrument to be.

2. Use a cordless phone system which permits multiple handsets working off
one base station. RatShack and other sell them.
http://www.radioshack.com/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F008%5F004%5F004%5F001&Page=1
http://www.radioshack.com/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F008%5F004%5F004%5F002&Page=1

3. Pull the connection at the ILEC demarc to telco, and connect the Vonage
adapter to the house wiring, then attach instruments to the old house
wiring.

>I was told by Vonage that I could buy an
>"expandable cordless phone" that doesn't need to have the phone line
>(or cable modem) plugged directly into it, but just needs to be
>plugged into an electrical outlet. Can someone offer advice on a good
>model that will do this?

See option 2 above.

> Also, how is this phone receiving the signal?

Through the ether (i.e., radio).

>Will it work with my existing cordless phone on the second floor,
<snip>

Maybe yes, maybe no, depending on what your existing cordless is, which you
cunningly neglected to state.

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Re: Vonage - expandable phones
rhharris123@hotmail.com says...
> Hi, I just signed up for Vonage and realize I have a problem. My cable
> modem is only on the second floor of my house, but I want a phone on
> the first floor too. I was told by Vonage that I could buy an
> "expandable cordless phone" that doesn't need to have the phone line
> (or cable modem) plugged directly into it, but just needs to be
> plugged into an electrical outlet. Can someone offer advice on a good
> model that will do this? Also, how is this phone receiving the signal?
> Will it work with my existing cordless phone on the second floor, or
> do I need to buy at least two new cordless phones for this to all
> work?
>
> Any advice would be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks a lot.

Ah grasshopper - is there not a phone jack in the room with the cable
modem? If so - just disconnect the telco side of the NID in the basement
or on the outside and plug the POTS side of your VoIP router into that.



Re: Vonage - expandable phones

>Ah grasshopper - is there not a phone jack in the room with the cable
>modem? If so - just disconnect the telco side of the NID in the basement
>or on the outside and plug the POTS side of your VoIP router into that.


It's funny how that never occurs to people. For some reason, they think of jacks
as one way only.


Re: Vonage - expandable phones
On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:35:11 -0700, Clark W. Griswold, Jr. wrote:

>
>>Ah grasshopper - is there not a phone jack in the room with the cable
>>modem? If so - just disconnect the telco side of the NID in the basement
>>or on the outside and plug the POTS side of your VoIP router into that.
>
>
> It's funny how that never occurs to people. For some reason, they think
>of jacks as one way only.

The danger, particularly if you are in a multiple unit residence, is that
somebody, probably the phone company, will see it and plug it back in.
This is likely to prove ungood. You are probably better off to disconnect
it on your side of the NID and tape and tag it. I would label it something
other than what it is to avoid sabotage.



Re: Vonage - expandable phones
jmcharry@comcast.net says...
> On Wed, 12 Jan 2005 18:35:11 -0700, Clark W. Griswold, Jr. wrote:
>
> >
> >>Ah grasshopper - is there not a phone jack in the room with the cable
> >>modem? If so - just disconnect the telco side of the NID in the basement
> >>or on the outside and plug the POTS side of your VoIP router into that.
> >
> >
> > It's funny how that never occurs to people. For some reason, they think
> >of jacks as one way only.
>
> The danger, particularly if you are in a multiple unit residence, is that
> somebody, probably the phone company, will see it and plug it back in.
> This is likely to prove ungood. You are probably better off to disconnect
> it on your side of the NID and tape and tag it. I would label it something
> other than what it is to avoid sabotage.
>
>

That's why you tape it off and tag it with neon colors. Sabotage would
be a violation of FCC and PUC rules as well as a criminal act.



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