Device to 'drive' existing home analog phone network?

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by B.A.S., Jan 8, 2004.

  1. B.A.S.

    B.A.S. Guest

    This has probably been asked before, but I can't seem to come up with
    the proper search terms on google groups to find it...

    I'm considering providers such as Packet8, and would like to hook their
    box (DTA310 ) up to my whole existing home phone network (after
    disconnecting from PSTN), but they claim it can only drive 3 phones max.
    I assume this is because there is current draw for each phone, to drive
    ringing, etc.

    Has anyone tried driving more than 3 phones by plugging a DTA310 into
    their home phone wiring?

    Assuming it won't work, is there any sort of device available out there
    which will drive a dozen or so analog phones, to which I could hook up
    the DTA310? That way I wouldn't have to toss all my existing phones...

    The other alternative is to buy one of the wireless base
    station/extension configs that will support a large number of
    extensions, but that would be a fair chunk of change.

    On a related note, my biggest concern with dropping off the PSTN would
    be how to get 911 capability with a VOIP setup. I know they wouldn't get
    ANI which would identify my location, and there would be no 'operator
    hold', but if I could just dial them with a 7 digit number, I could
    program all the phones with that number speed dialed in, and train the
    household to use it (wouldn't work too well with visitors, though :( ).
    This deficiency may keep my from making the cut, but I'm still curious
    whether it could all be done otherwise, for minimal expense.


    B.A.S., Jan 8, 2004
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  2. B.A.S.

    Simon Newton Guest

    You need whats called R.E.N. booster (Ringer equivalence number). This
    basicly puts more current into the wire to drive more phones.

    Simon Newton, Jan 10, 2004
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