Newbie VoIP question

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Checking out VoIP modems yesterday, and it said "plug in your phone to the back of the modem".....I was under the impression that you had a specail VoIP phone as well, that you can't just plug your regular old phone into it, correct?  
Question by:tenover
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    Expert Comment

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Depends on the system.  Most home systems use a box like this:

    The above is what I have with Vonage.  You connect it to your router, then you plug in any NORMAL phone into the box.   Works great - been using mine for almost 3 years.
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    There are four ways to connect to a VoIP provider (although not every provider providers all four)

    Soft Phones
    These software packages turn your PC into a phone. You can use either a headset or a USB phone to use the service.

    Hard Phones
    These are SIP compliant phones made especially for VoIP.

    Analog Telephone Adapters are small boxes that have a network connection port that talks to the VoIP provider and a Phone port to plug in a regular analog modem. (very popular)

    VoIP PBX
    This is a system like Asterisk which gives you big time features like extensions, dial plans, voicemail, etc. etc.


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