Ok I got my Vonage phone and now I need help hooking it up to my
existing phone in my house. I tried unplugging the cable that feeds
the house from SBC then I hooked the line to an existing plug near the
adapter thinking I could back feed the system but that didn't work. So
what do I need to do to get this to work properly?
Thanks for the help, Rich
Yes the phone works fine when plugged into the adapter, but the other
phones don't when I tried the back feed, so I figured it was like a
hub where I might need a cross over cable to go the other way? Seems
to me it should have worked but didn't. I'll do some more testing and
see what I find out.
Thanks for the helpful response, Rich
Ok little more testing, it works if I use line one but not line two.
Do I need to enable line 2 or is line one the only one active unless
you get an upgrade?
oh well at least I know the back feed works!!
Yes it seems to be inactive unless you upgrade to add a fax machine or
another line! Ok now I have a one to two jack plugged into the wall
with one line going to one phone and the other line back feeding
Vonage into my existing phone system and all is working as expected.
Thanks for everyone's responses, Rich
I have never reported a power outage in the past, but I do have a cell
phone if I wanted to call someone to tell them something that they
probably know. If there is a power outage I would guess that I
wouldn't be the only one experiencing it and I'll let the chicken
littlies of the world do the reporting! LOL
You could also connect both your cablemodem and your router and your Vonage
voicemodem to a UPS pack.
My cablemodem is 13 watts, and my router is on a small wall wart probably less
than 15 watts. I can't imaging the Vonage voicemodem consuming any more than 25
watts. At 53 watts total, you'll get many hours of talk time during a blackout.
Actually, many fiber nodes (the box which converts and splits the fiber optic
distribution backbone into 1 or more coaxial cable backbones for customer
distribution) are UPS backed, and most cable companies will dispatch techs
during blackouts to sit there in a truck with a generator until power is
Well, less UPS than rows of chest high batteries. Which is why all
equipment (well, most) in a CO runs on 48VDC.
And these batteries are why your phone can ring in a power outage.
That power comes from the phone company, not your house. note the
lack of wall warts on your phones. Actually I lie. Last blackout,
it took me a minute to recall where the phone that doesn't draw power
was (cordless and a deskphone/machine both need AC. One's on the UPS
My take is if you have a cell and coverage, you're covered. If the
power outage takes out cells, then perhaps COs are down. So perhaps
that ham license will come in handy :)
911 is an issue for VOIP.
I wasn't referring to equipment at the CO's. If the COs are down, pretty much
everyone is S.O.L. I'm talking about vonage internet phone.
The coaxial cable which enters a home is connected to a coxial backbone, which
gets it's power and digital signal for both broadband and cable TV from a pole
or pad-mounted node.
The node converts coaxial cable to fiber optic cable, which doesn't go to your
local CO it goes to the cable company's switch, which is battery powered just
like a CO.
But the individual cable nodes scattered throughout the towns, villages and
cities and developments are UPS backed and in the event of an extended
blackout, the cable company will dispatch techs with generators.
Actually most modern designs for cable companies outside plant include
battery backup protection at regular intervals on the poles - usually lasts
a couple hours. When you get on back to the headends those definitely have
battery backups and generators there, of course.
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