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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:26 pm    Post subject: Use Vonage with 2 computers and 1 cordless phone? Reply with quote Back to top

I have 2 computers each in separate rooms. Room 1 is also where my cable modem and cordless phone base is located.

I have a wireless router in this room which is connected to cable modem.

Room 2 the computer is somehow connected to modem or router in Room 1. I don't know how, the computer guy did it for me.

I saw on Vonage's site there is a phone adapter that allows 2 computers to be connected. Can I use this one for my computers, even though they are separated and use my cordless phone at the same time?

What about adding a 2nd line in Room 2? I don't have my phone line in this room, yet. That's why I use a cordless phone. Do I need a 2nd line installed ?

I'm considering trying it but can't figure out if I can use it.

Sorry for my ignorance on this issue
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Honestly its not that difficult. You already have a router that is connecting your two computers to the internet so I would leave well enough alone there. All you need is a Vonage adapter to provide you with the phone service, you don't need to worry about your computers as they are already connected via your existing router. So I would recommend just getting the Motorola VT2142, as this is the most basic Vonage device that you can get via the website at the moment. All you have to do is plug that Vonage device into one of the 4 ports on the back of your existing router and that is it. You don't need to mess with your wiring for your network at all.

When you say a 2nd line, do you mean just another line in room 2 using the same number as room 1 or you want to have two different numbers in each room? If you just want one number but to have a line in each room, you might consider the Vtech IP8100 phone system from Vonage. You can plug the main device into your router and then place one or more handsets wherever you like. They just need to be plugged into power. Also, you could get the aforementioned motorola device and go to your local electronics store and buy a cordless phone system that comes with two or more handsets. Hope this helped. Post if you have more questions or are still confused.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

To get a phone to work in all the rooms just go to your telephone box on the outside of your house and disconnect the line as per instructions on the Vonage site. You then plug the phone cord from a jack into your Vonage adapter.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Vonage with 2 Computers, 1 cordless phone Reply with quote Back to top

Hi tglea,
<When you say a 2nd line, do you mean just another line in room 2 using the same number as room 1 or you want to have two different numbers in each room?>

I thought I would need another line using the same number as I wasn't sure if the cordless phone could be used with the phone adapter.

I have a Panasonic 2 handset cordless phone with digital answering machine. It's all one unit. With Speaker Phone.

See I'm looking to work from home and most companies want to know if you have a phone (They say land phone) by your computer with headphones. Well both handsets have a headphone jack. My counselor doesn't see why cordless phones with headset capabilities wouldn't work just as well.

What exactly is the IP8100 phone system?

To roscopco,
Thanks for your suggestion, as I am disabled I don't think I should attempt this. Thanks for replying anyway!
Thanks for your help,
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, you can use a cordless phone with Vonage. I have never used anything but cordless phones with my service. So you can leave one of your handsets in your office and put the other handset in your other room with no problem. You are right, if your handsets have headset jacks on them you can use them and it would be foolish to go spend the money for a corded phone with a headset jack. Only obvious thing is power. If you are going to be on the phone for an extensive amount of time, your handset could die.

Have you used your Panasonic system since you have had your wireless router? I ask because you have a wireless router and it is possible that you could have interference between the router and phones if the phones are 2.4Ghz as that is the same frequency that your router uses. So I'm just trying to help you avoid problems when you get set up. Don't want you to get your Vonage device hooked up and then plug in your phones and find that you have static or something due to the wireless router.

You said that you are not sure how the computer in the second room is working. It is possible that it is not using the wireless and in that case you could turn off the wireless radio on your router and you wouldn't have any problems with interference. Do you remember if the computer guy ran any wires from your office to the other room? Also, you could look at the back of your router and see how many cables are plugged into the LAN ports. You will have one cable coming from your modem to the router but that will be plugged into the WAN port.

The IP8100 phone system is really nothing to worry about at this point. It is a phone system from Vonage that is basically like your Panasonic system in that it allows you to have more than one handset. But since you already have your 2 handset system all you need is the basic Motorola VT2142, plug it into your router, plug your phone base into the phone port on the back of that and place one handset in each room and you are all set. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

<Have you used your Panasonic system since you have had your wireless router? I ask because you have a wireless router and it is possible that you could have interference between the router and phones if the phones are 2.4Ghz as that is the same frequency that your router uses.>

Yes I have a 2 different phone systems with the wireless router. I don't believe there have been any problems between the phone and router.

<If you are going to be on the phone for an extensive amount of time, your handset could die.>

Well, I know that jobs I've been looking at are at least 4 hours long; I'm not sure if I would be required to be on the phone constantly though. I guess if one handset goes down I could switch to the other one.

I could also do a 'test' and leave my phone on for 4 hours then check the battery status. Of course I would only do that at night when there are fewer calls coming in.

Thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

roscopco wrote:
To get a phone to work in all the rooms just go to your telephone box on the outside of your house and disconnect the line as per instructions on the Vonage site. You then plug the phone cord from a jack into your Vonage adapter.


Ok - sorry to nit pick but that answer assumes a LOT that isn't true around the country or the world.Maybe your house has a box on the outside. Millions don't. Millions are in the basement ceiling, a closet, a telco room in the basement of the apartment complex or somewhere else. ANd those 'instructions' well - nuff said. Your assertion is correct that they have to as in are REQUIRED to disconnect the outside world. Easier said than done. Someone rewired the telco box, someone daisy chained outlets wrong. There are two lines outside - one is the upstairs tenant. etc etc. Over half my support calls are for activating inside wiring problems. And i love the instructions about the red/green wires. went to one call where support told him to disconnect the red and green wires. He did so - all 8 of them - just like the "tech" told him to. Sad Of the dozens of types of NIDs I've seen in the midwest, every week or so I see a new one. Sad
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