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Re: Does Vonage Service work Like SBC?

Tony P. (
Wed, 10 Nov 2004 17:15:31 -0500

In article <>,

> I have SBC and I can go to any room in my house that has a phone jack
> and plug in my phones and it will work. My understanding from what
> I've read is that Vonage works by having you plug the phone cable into
> their Vonage device and plug the other end to your phone. Now how
> will this allow me to talk to someone from a phone in my master
> bedroom as opposed to another room with a phone jack. Thanks in
> advance.

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: The answer is yes and no. YES it will
> work if it is wired up correctly, but NO, it will not work and may
> well fry your Vonage adapter if it accidentally comes in contact
> with the SBC (or for that matter, any telco) lines. Telephones do
> send various amounts of voltage down the line; frequently it is very
> benign to human beings who happen to touch the wires, but it and
> the voltage coming out of/going into a telephone adapter for VOIP
> do *not* get along. Make positively sure the lines from telco are
> totally isolated at the demarc (point of entry into your house) from
> your house wiring before you extend your Vonage adapter around the
> house through other connector boxes, etc. Read the message in this
> issue, some email correspondence I have had with another guy who
> 'just assumed' the wiring in his house was correct and found out
> the Vonage adapter box did not like it at all. PAT]

In my case I just threw a splitter on the jack where I plugged the
VoIP line into and disconnected the NID by pulling out the RJ11 plug
that connects the home wiring to the network.

Of course tagging it also helps immensely when some lame brained tech
comes out to install the neighbors phone; well you know the drill.

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