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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:32 am    Post subject: Simple corded phone and vonage Reply with quote Back to top

I apologize for this question but I searched and was unable to find the answer even though I'm sure it's been discussed.

I'd like to get a cheap corded telephone that has no external power for use in other phone jacks in the house. Does the Vonage adapter send the necessary power through the house wiring to power a non-self-powered corded phone? Note that I have the POTS line disconnected completely from the house wiring.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yes. The Vonage jack provides essentially the same power as a standard line from your telephone company. I have a cheap corded telehone hooked up in my house wiring.

More detail if you want it: Smile

The Vonage adapters generally have a REN of 5. What this means is you need to look at the REN (Ringer Equivalency Number) on each of the phones you intend to hook up, and make sure that they do not add up to more than 5.0. With standard cheap corded telephones, they USUALLY have a REN of around 1.0, give or take a couple of tenths, so you should easily be able to hook up several of them without any problems.

Just a side note on the "non-powered phone" thing... the Vonage line will die if you cannot keep your Internet connection up and power fed to the Vonage adapter. So if you are doing this because you want to have telephone in the event of an extended power outage, you'll need to find a way to feed power to the Vonage adapter and whatever feeds your Internet connection. I run my cordless base, Vonage adapter, Internet router, and cable modem off a 500VA UPS.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks, Nate!

No, I'm not thinking about having a phone in case of a power outage (I've got a cell phone for that Smile ). I was just making sure before I went out and bought one of the cheapo phones that it would work.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Cool enough. Then you can stick with the short answer. "Yup." Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

if the cheap-o phone has caller id it will probably come with a power cord. my phone did but if the power goes out the phone still works the cord only powers the caller id and the phone volume button so i can't boost the audio level if the power is out. i use it mostly if i hear interference on my cordless phones to check if it is interference from another frequency or if it is actually on the Vonage line
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Hey don't knock the cheapo phones. One of my favorite stories is the guy who called up talking about how horrible the audio was on his super duper business class 300 dollar phone, and he was sure it was our device. He was a real jerk too. So then I convinced him to hook up his daughter's pink Barbie Phone and the audio was crystal clear.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

LOL. Makes every conference call fun!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

a-dhold wrote:
if the cheap-o phone has caller id it will probably come with a power cord.

The one I got just uses 4-AA batteries in the base to power the caller id. So the only cord is to the RJ11 port.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Widescreen wrote:
a-dhold wrote:
if the cheap-o phone has caller id it will probably come with a power cord.

The one I got just uses 4-AA batteries in the base to power the caller id. So the only cord is to the RJ11 port.

the phone i have has the battery back-up too.. i'm just trying to tell the original poster that even if it does have a power cord it may not need the power to function as a basic phone.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

a-dhold wrote:
Widescreen wrote:
a-dhold wrote:
if the cheap-o phone has caller id it will probably come with a power cord.

The one I got just uses 4-AA batteries in the base to power the caller id. So the only cord is to the RJ11 port.

the phone i have has the battery back-up too.. i'm just trying to tell the original poster that even if it does have a power cord it may not need the power to function as a basic phone.


I am the original poster. Lol Good info though.
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