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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:22 pm    Post subject: What do I need for VOIP with Vonage via ethernet? Reply with quote Back to top

Hi. I moved recently into a new house which is nicely wired with CAT6 in each room (2 runs). In our previous home, I'd been using a Linksys WRT54GX-v2 wireless router and a Linksys PAP2 phone adapter; I had the the base for a cordless phone plugged into the phone adapter, and we were able to put cordless handsets in each room in the house. Worked nicely.

In the new house, my study (containing the router) is out back, and the cordless phone won't cover the entire location. So, I wanted to use one of the ethernet runs to set up handsets in each room.

If I understand correctly, I'll need a PBX system (Talkswitch?) that'll plug into the Linksys PAP2 phone adapter, and an IP phone for each room. Can anyone recommend a cordless IP phone suitable for this use? Am I missing anything here?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

If you have 2 runs of cat6 wiring in each room, it generally is done that way for 1 of the cat6 jacks to be used for computer networking and the 2nd jack to be used for the phone. You will have to double check this in your centrally located data distribution box.

If one of the runs to each room is intended for telephone usage, you can use a regular telephone for these jacks. It's narrower but it can still use a pair of the wires in there.

Just make sure to disconnect it from the outside regular telephone line and then connect your PAP2 phone port to the jacks intended for the phone and you should light up all your rooms.

You do not need any IP phones PBX, etc. You can treat the cat6 jacks like a phone jack.

Go to the hardwire section of this forum to get more details of using your home wiring for Vonage. hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:57 pm    Post subject: patch panel? Reply with quote Back to top

Have you tried looking to see if your home has a patch panel? That's where all of your Cat6 lines could possibly be connected to. I have a patch panel in one of my closets where all of the cat5e cable meets to connect to the telco line.

In my case, all I had to do was unplug the telco line from the 'In' port on the patch panel and plug in my Vonage line coming from my Vonage adapter, and boom! (as John Madden likes to say) all my phone jacks were Vonage enabled. All my coax lines come together in that same closest too, so it was easy to keep my cable modem and Vonage adapter in that closet.

I would think that if you have Cat6 lines running through your house the builder would have been smart enough to install a patch panel to go with all that nice cat6 line.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:29 am    Post subject: PBX -- what if? Reply with quote Back to top

Thank you for the very helpful comments above.

There's one patch panel in place where all the CAT6 cables terminate, and I'm running a cable from the router into the panel. I imagine if I wanted to use one ethernet cable per room for phones I'd need to install another panel. Is that right?

And -- my wife and I both work at home. In the future we may need to expand our operations, get more people working, and may need PBX functionality. So, if we wanted to in fact do this with a PBX right now, would the setup I described in my first post work? And, what would be the recommendations for cordless handsets?

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Does your house only have 2 sets of CAT6 wiring jacks and no regular phone jacks in any of the rooms?

If you wanted to use one of the runs as a phone line, your patch panel should have a 2nd circuit for phones.

Anyway, the PBX will be dependent on how good an internet connection you have. If you get a high quality business line, you should be able to do it without any issues.

I am no expert with PBX systems. You might consider doing a search on the forum, it's on the top left menu and see what others have done. There are a lot out there and they are not all the same cost.

Some have played around with Asterix PBX systems which are open sourced and hence free to use but a bit of a challenge to install from what I've read.

Perhaps others can help regarding the IP phones. I don't know much about them.

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