Are thinking about getting VoIP, but you are wondering how you can have several phones scattered around your house when you just have one VoIP connection? The days of people having just one phone in the house are disappearing (I have one in the kitchen, living room, bedroom and one lost somewhere in the house, maybe in the couch!). Well, there are some options you’ll be pleased to hear.
The following provides four possibilities for adding multiple phones onto your VoIP service. Depending on your individual requirements and situation, one may be more applicable than the others.
Well, we hope this helps provide some useful options for enabling multiple phones to be used with VoIP. There are probably other methods out there that may suit your needs too but the options above tend to be the most common ones used.
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#6 : Posted by Sue
I'm about to get a home DSL hookup for wifi in my house
and am getting a voip line to plug my retro Trimline 210
phone into as well. I am 100% not interested in a
wireless/cordless base with multiple handsets.
My question is this, I hope you can help! This is hard to research.
So, downstairs in my livingroom beside my couch will be my 210, the DSL wifi modem, and the phone modem thing. Upstairs I have another jack in the bedroom and have another 210 phone that I'd like to be able to use in the bedroom. I'm wondering if there is ANY way to make that second phone work with the bedroom jack. Some sort of adaptor? I don't have a landline by the way. I just moved here and have ordered the DSL with the ability to use a phone with it. (cell service is costing a fortune until towers built in approx one year or more). Hopping onto Wifi with my cell will save me regarding the much more costly data issue but the telephone issue is one of wanting multiple corded phones (1 extra in this case) with the modem being downstairs in the living room.
-> Response: Presumably you are only interested in having 1 phone line (i.e. use phone downstairs or upstairs but not both at same time).
Here's what we would do:
1 - Make sure no power is coming into your house on the landline - ask the DSL provider to check.
2 - When you choose a VoIP provider, they will send you an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter). This ATA connects to your DSL modem via CAT5/6 cable and the 210 phone connects to the ATA phone jack. If you get a RJ11 splitter you can connect the phone to the ATA and also connect a new telephone wire to the jack in your house downstairs. This presumably will then connect to the phone wiring upstairs and simply plug your 210 phone upstairs into the phone jack. So now all phones connect to the ATA and then to the Internet. But only one can be used at a time.
3 - The ATA actually powers the phones (and through the phone wiring inside your house based on 2 above) hence reason you need to ask about item 1 as can't have power coming into house on the landline in addition to ATA trying to power the phone lines as that could cause problems.
Hope this helps.
#5 : Posted by Ejv
But I need my POTS line to connect my computer to the internet (DSL). So likely not an option? Or am I missing something?
-> Response: You are absolutely correct, if you have DSL then this is not an option to you. My recommendation is to use cordless phones with multiple handsets, it is definitely the most popular way to do this.
#4 : Posted by Wayne Hooten
Maybe you can answer my questions before I make the switch. I have four wireless phones and two land lines that are all connected to my router/modem through my cable service. Will my land lines phones work the same as it works now? As of the present I use Skype for all calls out of my local area and to Germany. Can I still use Skype or must I also switch my VoIP sever.
-> Response: When you say landlines you just means regular analog phones connected through your internal phone wiring yes?
Presumably your cable provider already disconnected the phone wiring coming into your house at the NID on the side of the house, in which case you should be fine. This is needed as otherwise you have live power on the phone lines from the PSTN side and the VoIP ATA (presumably this is inside the modem/router) also tries to power the internal phone lines. This would cause problems.
Making all of your phones cordless is likely the easiest thing to do but it should be fine with your current setup, so long as disconnected at NID.
VoIP is all IP based so you can still choose to use Skype and another (or more) VoIP providers. It is just Internet traffic and they distinguish each other by the port (e.g. 5060) and MAC address i.e. the physical address (unique) for each hardware element connected to the Internet.
#3 : Posted by Val
I live in a 10
building which is 30
years old. I want
to get voip and
since the building
uses Bell cables I
have been told I
must get a dry loop.
The problem is that my computer equipment must stay in a specific room although I have 5 other phone jacks in the apartment. At present I have Bell service and my main phone is connected in the computer room with 4 satellite phones spread through the apartment.
I have been told 2 things. When they put in the dry loop in I may only be able to use one jack for the phone. Others say that all jacks can all be used. Doesn't matter how many ways I ask the question and I have asked a Bell installer, my internet provider and the VOIP company that I want to use.
Everyone says they can't tell me if I will be able to use the jack in my computer room. What has been your experience. The internet provider orders the installer to put in the dry loop but say they cannot ask them to come to the apartment to be sure the proper jack is working. The Voip service only sells the product and doesn't have anything to do with the installation and the Bell Installer that I talked to while he was working on another repair in the building couldn't tell me how to have the installation done correctly or even who to phone to have it done even if I was willing to pay for the extra service myself.
Do you have any suggestions of what to do.
-> Response: So long as you have Internet, VoIP has a chance. Use our VoIP test in order to check your current Internet (or future Internet if you need the dry loop DSL).
The test will verify that you are capable of running VoIP on your Internet.
Assuming this is successful I would get some cordless DECT phones and the VoIP provider of your choosing should be able to send you an Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA). You connect your cordless phones into the ATA and then the ATA connects to the Internet modem and you are done. You won't need to use ANY phone jack in your apartment if you go down this path.
Does this make sense? I don't know why the Internet/VoIP companies didn't present this option as it's the most obvious one to me as it reduces your risk.
#2 : Posted by Dave
I have two(2) or three(3) MagicJack modules. Can I simply plug each of them into my network behind the firewall and use a different phone on each module?
-> Response: There should be no issue doing this as each MagicJack has a different MAC address so no issue with routing even if each MJ is on the same SIP port (e.g. 5060). Of course your firewall has to be able to handle this (i.e. port forwarding). Presumably you need 3 different phone numbers and this is why you are doing this, yes? I say this as it sounds painful to have a different phone hanging off each MJ. I don't know your requirements but one idea that comes to mind (if your call volume is relatively light) is to buy one IP phone that has 3 lines and configure each line for a different phone number and route them straight to a trunking provider. I say this as I wrote an article on this some time ago and it seems it might be of interest if you want everything to go through 1 phone instead of 3.
#1 : Posted by Trevor
Wish I'd found this article before. I connected my ATA to my home wiring and ended up having to replace the ATA which cost me another $20!!