POTS-ethernet-POTS

DavidBeckemeyer
Joined: Fri 16 of Apr, 2004

Re: POTS-ethernet-POTS

Posted:Wed 12 of Nov, 2008 (16:54 UTC)
In POTS-ethernet-POTS (Thu 09 of Oct, 2008 (19:09 UTC))ctcomputerswrote:
I have a few "newbie" questions related to VOIP.
First, is there a simple inexpensive device or devices that allow you to connect a POTS analog phone line convert it to run over an ethernet wired or wireless network infrastructure and then convert it back to a regular POTS analog phone line? Sort of like creating a extension phone line through an ethernet network.


This is exactly what you can do with PhoneGnome box $99 http://www.phonegnome.com/box.html

It lets you access and use a remote POTS line from any softphone or ATA. So you can be on your computer in London and using your POTS phone line in Chicago to place and receive calls. Plug and play - connect it to your POTS line and your ethernet. No monthly fees for this feature.
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Re: POTS-ethernet-POTS

Posted:Thu 09 of Oct, 2008 (23:33 UTC)
You can use two ATA's to create an ethernet phone extension:

Phone --> ATA --> Ethernet LAN --> ATA --> Phone

You will need to select ATAs that can be configured to support this kind of application. Something like the Linksys PAP2T or equivalent should work.

Free VOIP devices are almost always tied to a contract for VOIP services and cannot be used with other services.

Whether your VOIP phone number is listed in the White pages depends on which VOIP provider you use. The only reliable way to find out if a provider can do white page listings is to contact them.
ctcomputers
Joined: Thu 09 of Oct, 2008

POTS-ethernet-POTS

Posted:Thu 09 of Oct, 2008 (19:09 UTC)
I have a few "newbie" questions related to VOIP.
First, is there a simple inexpensive device or devices that allow you to connect a POTS analog phone line convert it to run over an ethernet wired or wireless network infrastructure and then convert it back to a regular POTS analog phone line? Sort of like creating a extension phone line through an ethernet network.

Second, do the inexpensive and sometimes even free advertised VOIP devices require some sort of service subscription or fee based servicein order to work?

Third, How does having a VOIP number affect being listed in a typical phone book directory? Is there a way to still have your phone number listed in a local directory if you switch to VOIP even if you keep your same number? Is there a common website to find out what VOIP companies can list and transfer your number?

Thanks for any and all help provided!!!