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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:28 pm    Post subject: How many phone (device) can be connected to the router? Reply with quote Back to top

I would like to know how many phone can be connecter to the router (using splitter).

I wish to connect the main line (where all phone go to) to the router so all my phone will be on Voip. I currently have 5 phones.

If the router cannot give power to more than 1 phone is there any know device that I could use boost the signal to power my whole house?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

this is kind of confusing. do you want to use your house wiring? if so, there is tons of information on here, search for it. here are a couple of other links as well. and it have an REN of 5 so add up all your ren's to see. they probably aren't above 5.

http://www.vonage.com/help_knowledgeBase_article.php?article=649
http://michigantelephone.mi.org/distribute.html

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Wow! That's exactly what I was looking for. So I can connect all my phone (5) in my house if I disconnect the main line form the telephone provider.

Thanks you very much!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:15 am    Post subject: no. of phones Reply with quote Back to top

I have hooked up the Vonage router into the distribution point for my home phone system (which has been disconnected from the outside POTS line). From there I have seven phone extentions. The router runs them all just fine.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Just to clear this up, REN stands for Ringer Equivalence Number.
Back in the day (rotary) the phone companies could only supply enough voltage/current to your house to ring so many phones.
They would let you know (if you asked) what the REN was (I think it was equal to 5? (this may not be a true statement in your area today, Mine now is a REN of 20)) so if you look on the bottom of your phoneline devices it lists the REN.
For instance I have two phones, two caller ID devices and an answering machine:
Phone 1: 1.80
Phone 2: 0.8
CID 1: 0.0
CID 2: 0.0
Answering machine: 0.0
So my REN equals 2.60
If my phone company gives me a REN of 5 then I am safe and can add more devices to my line.
Equally, if my Linksys RT31P2 can handle a REN of 5 I can also add more devices.
The BIG question I have and many others do to is, what is the REN of the Linksys RT31P2? (and other broadband phone adapters?)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I'm a little confused about this topic as well. On the link provided above, it says just disconnect the outside line and plug the adapter into the phone line and all phones connected will work (up to 5).

But on this page it says:

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Some of our customers have plugged the Phone Adapter directly into the existing telephone wiring in their homes. The manufacturer of the adapter does not recommend hooking anything to the adapter other than a telephone, but you can seek advice from an electrician or someone who is familiar with internal telephone wiring on how to best connect it to your current wiring to take advantage of multiple extensions. We would advise that you pre-check the wiring on the jacks to make sure you don't have live PSTN voltage on the jacks before connecting them to the Phone Adapter (this can be easily done by using a line tester). Be advised that any damage resulting from practices contrary to manufacturers recommendations for the Phone Adapter will not be covered by warranty.

I have the Linksys PAP2 - do I have to worry about testing the line?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Some people do have an external AC adapter connected to their phone lines. This was to allow extra voltage/current to operate the lighted phones and to handle extra phones on the line.
If you have an older home you may still have one of these adapters (usually a wall wart, off-white in color with two screw connectors).
Testing it consists of disconnecting from your POTS line at the house box and all phones and devices so you have nothing connected at all to your existing phone lines in the house or garage.
If you have a AC voltmeter AKA: DMM, Digital voltmeter etc... set it for at least 40 volts and put your leads across the phone lines. If it reads anything (usually 28 Volts or so) you may have one of these wall warts. Locate and unplug it and then remove the lines from the wall wart to wherever they connet to your lines then you will want to test your lines again to make sure but once you don't have any voltage present on your lines you should be OK.
Please be warned that working with AC or an unknown voltage you may be putting yourself at risk of an electrical shock that can lead to death. You may use the information provided herein but I accept no responsibility to you or your equipment. Proceed at your own risk.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It does work and is easier than it looks. Just unhook your land line coming into the house. Plug a phone cord from the Vonage to any wall jack. All your phones should now work just as they did with the land line.
I have 6 phones and a talking caller-id. Everything works.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Some have ask about my talking caller id box. Its very old, only talks the number (not a name), but works great. Its just a small box that plugs into any phone jack. I "think" I got directly from uswest (before they were qwest) from a mailing they sent. The only name on the box is "bell equipment sonecor". But I'm sure if you do a search, they have much better talking caller id's around, now.
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