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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject: V-Portal Adapter w/ UIP1869 Install and Power over Ethernet Reply with quote Back to top

Hello Vonage members,

Hoping my question here isn't too basic or complicated... there were some posts that answered some but not all of my issues, so please bear with me.

I am considering Vonage, again. A couple of years ago a friend gave me a UIP1869V and with the forum's help, determined I couldn't just use it as a regular phone and it was already locked by Vonage.

I am now going to go with Vonage and as a new subscriber, I am looking at getting the V-Portal as part of my subscription.

I want to use the old UIP1869V I still have (presume my friend can get the device unregistered), so will I be able to plug in both the UIP 1869 AND the V-Portal so they can be used concurrently in different rooms? The V-portal will be hooked up to the cable modem and is in a different location than where the UIP is. Also, I presume the UIP 1869 has to be connected via ethernet and not standard phone line.

In addition, I have one other "old school" phone I want to use, and I presume I cannot just keep it plugged into the regular phone jack to work anymore and may need another phone adapter, correct?

To add on top of this, I am considering using Power Line, or Power over Ethernet to extend the ethernet connections to the rooms I need to get connected to (such as where the UIP 1869 will be). Will that work with Vonage? There didn't seem to be much feedback from the forum on that.

Sorry for the complicated question. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Victor,

A few answers for you.

1. No you will not be able to use the Uniden device and the V-Portal. You would either have to use one or the other. Each phone line has to be registered to a single Vongage device and since each of these is a device, you would need to pick one.

2. You can plug phones in to the wall and have them work. Look at the hard wiring forum for more information on this.

3. Using Power over Ethernet will not matter for what you are considering, unless you want to put your single adapter in location other than where your main internet connection is. That said I would think that Power over Ethernet would work just fine for Vonage. I use it, but not for Vonage. It does work well for my Slingbox and that streams more data than Vonage does.

If you want the phone in additional locations and choose to use the Uniden device, I believe you could buy additional handsets for that use.

I think this is the right one and its fairly cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Uniden-TCX905-Accessory-Handset-Charger/dp/B000E60HKS/ref=pd_sim_e_1

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

butterman wrote:
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2. You can plug phones in to the wall and have them work. Look at the hard wiring forum for more information on this.

3. Using Power over Ethernet will not matter for what you are considering, unless you want to put your single adapter in location other than where your main internet connection is. That said I would think that Power over Ethernet would work just fine for Vonage. I use it, but not for Vonage. It does work well for my Slingbox and that streams more data than Vonage does...


Butterman,

Thank you very much for the response. A couple of items:
The hard wiring forum indicates that I just need to unplug the plug from the jack and leave the wires in the screw terminals... so with that I can then plug in a Vonage adapter in to the cable modem and into the phone jack correct? This will let all the other standard phones in the house operate on the single Vonage adapter right?

As for PoE, will there be any issues with electrical interference? I've read about it but haven't used it for any devices. I would like to place the Vonage adapter into a more usable location and it seems like this is a plausible solution assuming there is no or little interference.

Thanks again to you guys in this forum.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I can't speak to the details on hard wiring since I haven't done it myself. There is a detailed post that explains it at the top of that forum.

For PoE I think it depends on your house wiring. I have a 7 year old house and we don't have interference problems. Now I don't use it for Vonage, but I do for other PCs and for the Slingbox. I have heard good and bad things about PoE, but from what I saw they were mainly due to the house wiring, not PoE itself.

For location I guess it depends on how you want it to work, but what we did was to put the Vonage device and main phone by the Cable modem and then we just have extra handsets everywhere else.

I'm also a little confused that you would need to hard wire and use PoE, but maybe there is something in your setup that makes it necessary. To me you would do one or the other.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

dsp166 wrote:

Butterman,

The hard wiring forum indicates that I just need to unplug the plug from the jack and leave the wires in the screw terminals... so with that I can then plug in a Vonage adapter in to the cable modem and into the phone jack correct? This will let all the other standard phones in the house operate on the single Vonage adapter right?

Thanks again to you guys in this forum.


If you mean by the words in bold above that you are unplugging from the NIU (the gray box in the back of the house), you are correct. That's what I did before and it worked fine. Essentially this will disconnect your home from the local telco's line.

dsp166 wrote:
As for PoE, will there be any issues with electrical interference? I've read about it but haven't used it for any devices. I would like to place the Vonage adapter into a more usable location and it seems like this is a plausible solution assuming there is no or little interference.


If there are any interference issues, it probably will occur with cat3 wiring which was used in older homes. Most cat5 or cat5e should be fine. If you end up connecting your Vonage phone to your home wiring, there is really no need to move the adapter to a different location.

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