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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: One VONAGE Line, Several Phones Reply with quote Back to top

I have one Vonage phone line, and no house phone wires. Can I have several - at least two other - phone instruments in the house? How do I do that? And if so, must they be charged where thye are?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Three ways you can do this:

1. Get some splitters and run wires to any phones you want, assuming you can get enough cable run. Most Vonage devices can handle a total REN (Ringer Equivalent Number) around 4 or 5. The REN is printed on each phone, just add up the RENs of the phones you want to use and make sure you don't exceed it.

2. If wires are simply not possible, get a splitter and put one of those "phone line extension" units that use wireless or your electric wires to send the phone signal to other parts of the house. These can give you RJ-11 telephone plugs anywhere in the house you want, though I don't know about using more than one of them in one house. They also aren't cheap.

3. Get a cordless phone system that can take multiple handsets, and put a handset (with its own independent charger) in each area of the house you want a phone. These are commonly available and just a little more money than #2 (but it also includes all of your phones!).

#3 is the easiest "no wire" solution, assuming you can use cordless handsets, and you don't have too many sources of interference or distance between your handsets and your base.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: Many Handsets, no wires Reply with quote Back to top

Thanks for reply. The wireless approach seems best.

Question: The main phone is a wireless one. Can I get extra wireless handsets? Do they have to come with the main phone, or can new ones be added? The frequency is 2.5 GHz. Can another 2.5 GHz handset be "trained" to operate with the base station?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It depends. If your original cordless phone system is expandable, then you might be able to buy an expansion handset - it would have to be made by the same manufacturer and be specifically compatible with the system you have.

Most cordless phone bases are not expandable, though. The ones that are generally come with more than one handset to start with.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have a 3 handset expandable V-Tech and I love it. Make sure you run a 5.8 Ghz phone best performance.

You can get the expendables pretty cheap now at Best Buy, Circuit City and Wal-Mart, under $100.00
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I use a Panasonic system that handles four phones. I kept going down to the electronics store and they kept putting the compatible extension phones on close-out sale. If you watch what you are doing you can do it very cheap.

Stay away from the 2.4 GHz systems. Wireless networking operates at that frequency with other systems. Use a 5.8 GHz system for best reception. The systems are coded so you cannot intermix them. In fact, I can no longer get phones for my system since Panasonic canceled that series. Other Panasonic phones are not compatible. But, if you keep you eye open and watch you can find a deal.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:56 pm    Post subject: Panasonic makes a really great system Reply with quote Back to top

I bought a Panasonic KX-TG5633B 5.8 GHz FHSS GigaRange Digital Cordless Answering System with Three Handsets
from Amazon last may and I LOVE this set. All you need is 1 phone jack and the rest can go anywhere you want them to be. I paid about $120.00 but you may find them cheaper elsewhere.
I HIGHLY reccomend this set.

Good luck to you! I have enjoyed my Vonage phone for over 1 trouble free year.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've actually been on a bit of a quest to try and find the "perfect" cordless phone system. I currently have a speakerphone by AT&T which has a very nice answering system (which of course I cannot use), and a decent 2.4 GHz cordless handset (which means my wireless network occasionally has trouble when the phone rings). The voice quality on the speakerphone, however, is quite excellent.

However, what I'd love to find is a single, unified phone system with:

1. A good, clear, wired speakerphone in the base. Must have a MUTE button (the lack of which eliminates many systems, sadly). Preferably something that can be wall-mounted.

2. Several (at least two that are not connected to the base) 5.8GHz handsets with good range and clarity, preferably with speakerphones in those too. I have a rather long modular (aluminum-sided) house and getting signal from one side to the other is rather iffy with my current 2.4 GHz unit.

3. A voicemail waiting light that works with Vonage's voicemail indicator (stutter dial tone). The system can have a built-in voicemail system as long as it can be disabled and the online voicemail indicator works.

Plus the obvious like caller ID, a good LCD screen, etc.

A smart intercom system would be a nice-to-have, but not necessary.

Anyone have some experience with a system like I am describing? Smile

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