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  Top Ten Questions People Ask About Switching to Internet Telephones
Subject:   2 issues
Date:   2006-02-28 14:08:02
From:   jamesolsen
Response to: 2 issues

If you're savy, you can disconnect your house from the outside phone lines (so the lines inside your house are "dead") and then plug a simple phone line into your adapter to your wall jack, then all phones in your house are connected to the VoIP service.

There are two potential problems with this:
1) You must make sure you disconnect the outside phone service - things won't work right and you could even ruin your VoIP hardware.

2) Some VoIP adapters can only supply enough current to power one or two phones. You'll want to make sure you don't overload it by plugging too many phones into the jacks throughout the house.

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  • James E. Gaskin photo 2 issues
    2006-03-01 22:15:04  James E. Gaskin | O'Reilly Author [View]

    Reworking your phones takes a bit more trouble than that, and isn't possible for those renting homes or in apartments etc. If you sell your home and move, as people do, rewiring things back to normal may be the last thing on your mind. That's why I recommend cordless handsets for most users.