Connecting VoIP to Home Phone Wiring

I have POTS wired through the house. Is it simple to get my VoIP
service to use this wiring? The optimist in me says all I have to do
it turn off POTS, run a wire from the telephone jack on the VoIP
router, and plug it into a telephone wall jack. The realist in me says
this would be way too simple. Any thoughts?
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My mistake. I am in the US using a Linksys router and Vonage service. The router is model number RT31P2-VD. The REN for this router is 5.
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Trying to guess what TA stands for, but I'm coming up blank. If I substitute Vonage Linksys router for TA, what you write makes sense given what I have read on other threads. Basically, it looks like the optimist in me is going to be right, for once. Thanks for the help.
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First, run a single phone off the TA until it's working.
Then, to "turn off POTS" make sure your wires are ALL disconnected and you have TAGGED the lines to make sure nobody reconnects them!
Then connect the TA to your in-house phones and add one phone at a time to make sure they all ring as you add each one.
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Rick Merrill
TA or ATA for Telephone Adapter or Analog TA converts POTS lines to ethernet which then goes to cable modem.
This allows the TA to throttle back the router info to preserve Quality Of Service (QoS) for the phone connection.
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Rick Merrill
Get a phone system with one "base station" and x number of satellite phones. This way you only plug the base station into the VOIP adapter and all the other satellites only into an ac power plug., The prices have gone way down on these systems.
As a security blanket, if you have a UPS and think that your broadband will remain up during a power outage, you can plug a regular corded phone into a two line splitter at the VOIP adapter as well and keep the adapter on the UPS..
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In message of Thu, 21 Apr 2005, BrianEWilliams writes
Would it be a good idea to say which country you're in, then you might get the correct answer.
I suspect you're in Wales, but you could be in Australia for all we know, and POTS systems in different countries vary.
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David Floyd
get my VoIP
Unplug the line coming from old provider at DEMARC--run line to telephone jack for ATA router (phone plug on adapter) all phones on house wiring will have dial tone. Step by step instructions available at vonage web site
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Marc H.Popek
Thanks. BTW, I called up RCN to cancel my POTS, excited to try the suggestions on this thread. They knocked $20 off my monthly bill for 6 months, so I kept it for now. I am paying $8/month for the line, and $10.21 in taxes and fees, so they are paying me a little to keep the service.
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Thanks, but unless I am missing something, it seems like it is so easy to hook into the telephone wiring, I don't see the advantage in your suggestion as an alternative, other than the fun of buying a new toy.
I currently have a wireless phone system with one base station and one satellite phone, which I use for Vonage service with decent results, but wired is always better quality than wireless, and I like the ergonomics of my desk phone. I only wish the wireless satellite phone had a telephone jack in the back so I could tap into the connection.
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Thanks. Here is the link from the Vonage website:
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Sorry to have bothered people here because they make it perfectly clear. For the record, here is what they say:
One way to use Vonage on multiple phones is to modify the existing telephone wiring in your home to distribute the Vonage service to all of your phone jacks. Then you can plug a regular telephone into any jack and make a call.
This option works best if you own your own single-family home. If you live in an apartment or a multiple-family dwelling, chances are your landlord and neighbors won't want you to mess with your building's telephone lines. It also helps if you are handy around the house and have a basic understanding of telephone wiring. It's not very difficult to modify your home phone wiring, but because you're dealing with lines that carry voltage, there's always a risk of causing a fire or damage to your phone lines and equipment. If you're not comfortable doing the work yourself, you should hire a professional electrician or telephone technician to do the job instead.
It's important to note that by modifying your telephone wiring to distribute Vonage throughout your home, you'll be totally disconnecting yourself from the phone company. But the process is completely reversible. So if you sell your house in the future, for example, you can restore your old phone configuration with minimal difficulty.
To re-wire your home for Vonage, you first need to isolate your inside phone wiring from the lines that come into your house from the phone company. This is a step you shouldn't skip, even if you think your phone line is already dead. If you don't isolate your inside wiring, and the phone company decides to send voltage across the line you thought was dead, it could damage the telephone equipment inside your house or worse, cause a fire.
To begin, find the box on the outside of your house where the telephone lines come into your house from the street. This is called the Network Interface Unit (NIU). It's the legal demarcation point where the outside wiring from the street (owned by the telephone company) meets the wiring inside your house (owned by you). When you open the box, which is usually locked or fastened with a screw, you will have access to the side containing the wires going into your home, but not the side with the lines coming from the street. You'll also see a ground wire coming out of the phone company's side of the box. This wire protects you against lightning strikes, so make sure you never disconnect it.
Once you've opened your side of the NIU, you'll see one or more sets of screw terminals inside. Each will have a short piece of telephone wire coming out of it with a phone connector on the end plugged into a corresponding jack. If there's only one line coming into your house, you'll most likely have only one set of screw terminals. To disconnect from the phone company, simply unplug each of the short telephone wires from its corresponding jack.
Next, you need to make it obvious to others that you've unplugged the wires on purpose and they shouldn't undo your modifications without risking damage to your inside equipment. Start by wrapping the end of each of the telephone wires you just unplugged with electrical tape so it can't be plugged back in without unwrapping the tape. Then, clearly label the inside of the box with a message that says something like: "Do not reconnect! May cause damage to inside equipment!" A sign written or printed in waterproof ink and taped inside the box works well. No matter how you choose to label the box, be sure it is obvious, clear, and easy to read.
Once you've clearly labeled the inside of the NIU, close and refasten the box. Then, just to be safe, label the outside of the box as well. To be extra safe, you can also wrap a cord or nylon tie-wrap around the box so it can't be opened without cutting it. Remember, to avoid damage, you want to make it as inconvenient as possible for someone to change what you've done without your knowledge.
After you've isolated your wiring from the phone company's, it's important to confirm the line is disconnected before installing Vonage.
Go back into your house and pick up a phone plugged into a jack that previously worked. You should hear absolutely nothing; the line should be totally dead. If the line's not dead, go back and check your work. If your work looks correct and the line's still not dead, it means that voltage is somehow still being carried on the line and it's not safe for you to proceed any further. Consult a professional electrician or telephone technician for help.
If you've successfully isolated your wiring and you've confirmed the line is dead, the hard part's over. It's time to connect to Vonage!
Simply plug your DSL/cable modem into the Vonage phone adapter. Then plug your phone adapter into any telephone jack using a standard telephone cord. Finally, plug regular phones into the other jacks in your house. Telephone jacks are wired in parallel, so when you plug your phone adapter into any working jack, it will spread the signal to the other jacks in your home.
Like any telephone line, there is a limit to the number of phones you can connect to a single Vonage line. If too many phones are connected, the signal will fade, and not all of the phones will ring when a call comes in. Therefore, we recommend you only connect five phones maximum to a single Vonage line.
Congratulations! Your home is now wired with Vonage!
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Some people have managed to have POTS on LIne1 and VoIP on Line2, so they receive the old number and place outgoing on free VoIP.
The caution here is that theremust be NO connection in common with old service (for the sake of argument, even 'ground' mustbe separate, i.e. floating) = 4 completely independent wires.
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Rick Merrill
That's a good point about keeping the setup reversable.
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Rick Merrill
Vonage (which I believe Brian is using) offers 911. So do cell phones, if he has one of those.
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Miguel Cruz
What they "offer" is connection to the "PSAP" which is generally the state police WHO does NOT get E911 info! That means they must ASK you were you are located!
POTS E911 tells the local police where you are located withour your saying anything.
Eventually the two may get connected, but not yet!
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Rick Merrill
Wow, not so quick!
Never ever cancel the POTS line: you may need to call 911 one of those days. It is not going to work over VoIP. At least not for couple more years until they agree about how to implement it.
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This is not true. I have SunRocket and my 911 works perfectly...yes, I checked.
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... I have SunRocket and my 911 works perfectly...yes, I
Glad to here it. Can you share HOW you checked? (In MA I'd get in trouble if I just 'dialed it!')
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Rick Merrill
"Dmitri(" wrote
don't really need 911... can always call fire or police or ambulance, just keep the numbers handy.
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