How to convert a landline to voip

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How to convert a landline to voip
A VoIP phone lets you make phone calls online while you work on your computer. (customer service image by gajatz from

VoIP stands for "Voice Over Internet Protocol" and lets people make phone calls over their Internet connections. It is possible to convert a land line to VoIP using only a few tools. VoIP is often less expensive than traditional phone service. One downside to VoIP is that the reception might be slightly worse than regular phone service, with electronic "static" in the background. However, if you want to save money on your phone service, switching to VoIP is an option.

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Things you need

  • VoIP kit
  • VoIP adaptor
  • Router
  • Modem
  • Ethernet cable
  • Phone line cable
  • PC with Internet service
  • VoIP account

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  1. 1

    Call a VoIP company to subscribe to its service. Let the company know you are going to install the equipment yourself.

  2. 2

    Connect an Ethernet cable from the VoIP adaptor piece to the router's port.

  3. 3

    Open your browser window and enter in the VoIP address in the address bar. The IP address should be printed on the VoIP adaptor's manual. Hit "Enter" to load the page. A login box will pop up.

  4. 4

    Type in the VoIP's default user name and password into the login box (found inside the adaptor manual).

  5. 5

    Follow the instructions on your screen to install the adaptor software.

  6. 6

    Connect a phone line cable from the land line phone into the VoIP adaptor's phone line port. Wait five minutes for your adaptor to download any updates. Use your phone as usual.

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