Connecting VoIP to Home Phone Wiring

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by BrianEWilliams, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. 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?
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 21, 2005
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  2. BrianEWilliams

    David Floyd Guest

    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.

    David Floyd, Apr 21, 2005
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  3. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    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.
    Rick Merrill, Apr 21, 2005
  4. 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.
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 21, 2005
  5. 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.
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 21, 2005
  6. BrianEWilliams

    burris Guest


    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..
    burris, Apr 21, 2005
  7. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    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.
    Rick Merrill, Apr 21, 2005
  8. BrianEWilliams

    ivscorp Guest

    Unplug the line coming from old provider at DEMARC--run line t
    telephone jack for ATA router (phone plug on adapter) all phones o
    house wiring will have dial tone. Step by step instructions availabl
    at vonage web sit
    ivscorp, Apr 21, 2005
  9. BrianEWilliams

    Marc H.Popek Guest

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    Answers from previous customers:

    A: this unit has many uses. it can combine two analog (regular plain Jane
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    telephone suite(telephone, answering. modem) etc for way less than the cost
    of a two line phone and two line answering machines and modems don't
    commonly exist. Further, VOIP has become very popular and users gain
    tremendous long distance rates rates, however they don't have a "local
    presence" and often back up the voip with a single plain Jane telephone
    line. the clt will join voip and telco to a signal automatic port for the
    ultimate convience! Plus no power supply or batteries to clutter your
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    A: The unit can be wired into a single telephone jack with the lines (four
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    lines and provide a single convient access point.

    A: The CLT does not require batteries or wall power supplies.
    Marc H.Popek, Apr 22, 2005
  10. 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
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 22, 2005
  11. 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.
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 22, 2005
  12. Thanks. Here is the link from the Vonage website:

    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!
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 22, 2005
  13. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    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.
    Rick Merrill, Apr 23, 2005
  14. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    BrianEWilliams wrote:

    That's a good point about keeping the setup reversable.
    Rick Merrill, Apr 23, 2005
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    Dmitri Guest

    BrianEWilliams wrote:

    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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  16. BrianEWilliams

    Miguel Cruz Guest

    Vonage (which I believe Brian is using) offers 911. So do cell phones, if he
    has one of those.

    Miguel Cruz, Apr 23, 2005
  17. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    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!
    Rick Merrill, Apr 23, 2005
  18. BrianEWilliams

    burris Guest

    This is not true. I have SunRocket and my 911 works perfectly...yes, I
    burris, Apr 23, 2005
  19. BrianEWilliams

    Rick Merrill Guest

    burris wrote:
    .... 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!')
    Rick Merrill, Apr 24, 2005
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    dc Guest

    don't really need 911... can always call fire or police or ambulance, just
    keep the numbers handy.
    dc, Apr 24, 2005
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