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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:18 am    Post subject: desk phone recommendation Reply with quote Back to top

I am a Vonage user with a Linksys PAP2 and the Uniden 5.8GHz handsets everyone raves about.

My wife on the phone a lot - well - sometimes for hours - as a tech support person working from home.

Can anyone recommend a desktop phone that:

1. Is Vonage friendly (voicemail light, etc)

2. Is a real Voip phone and connects directly to the service without going to the PAP2 (either through my wireless network or through a wired connection)?

Also:

I am switching from my crappy cable connection a more robust DSL connection ("dry"). Can I wire both into the house wiring, or will I have a conflict between the Vonage dial-tone and the service provided at my NID?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Cisco 79xx series phones are my fav. Voip phones and they will work with Vonage's SoftPhone option. BUT, it'll only work with the softphone option, so you won't be able to fully use your Vonage plan. A better (and less expensive) recommendation would be to get one of the better Aastra analog phones. These are built just like the regular Northern Telecom Meridian phones that you might have used in larger offices and have quite a few features. They're analog, but good analog, but you'll still need to connect them up to the PAP2 to work with Vonage. If you do go with an Aastra phone, read the description carefully. Not all of them support CallerID, especially if you're buying older model refurb phones. Some of the refurb phones were meant for PBXs and don't support the CLASS VMI/MWI (voice mail indicator / message waiting indicator) that Vonage uses.

http://www.aastra.com/telephones/business/classicseries/pro_category_home.asp?sub_id=102&pro_cat_id=1
http://www.aastra.com/telephones/business/valuephones/pro_category_home.asp?sub_id=133&pro_cat_id=1

I've not used their Value series yet, but their "Classic" series is great.

As far as the wiring issue goes.... chances are that the phone co will put voltage on the line, even if you've not subscribed to POTS service. This lets the techs in the field know that pair of copper is in use and not to steal it for other uses. So the initial answer (without modifying any wiring) is no. BUT, if your house was wired for two or more lines (pop a phone jack off the wall and see if you have 4 or more wires), you're in luck. You'll need to put the Vonage signal on one pair and have the phone co's DSL be on the other pair. It's very important that the PAP2 not get connected to the phone co pair. I can assure you that the phone co's power supply is much larger than your little PAP2's and will win in the "push the electrons demolition derby", and the PAP2 might very well release some of the magic smoke which all electronics run on. As the old proverb says, once you let this magic smoke out of electronics, they will cease to function.

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