How to convert an analog phone to voip

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How to convert an analog phone to voip
Utilise your existing analogue phones with digital VoIP using an adaptor. (old telephone image by Julia Chernikova from Fotolia.com)

VoIP telephone service can be an inexpensive and convenient alternative to traditional land-based phone service, using an Internet connection instead to provide telephone service. But purchasing VoIP-enabled telephones to replace your old analogue devices can add costs before you even make your first call. Realising this, many VoIP service providers and router manufacturers have created analogue-to-VoIP adaptors. These devices enable you to convert your analogue phones to VoIP compatibility with a plug-in, utilising your existing equipment and changing your service.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • VoIP ATA adaptor
  • Ethernet cable
  • Analogue phone
  • Phone chord
  • VoIP set-up disc

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the VoIP ATA (analogue telephone adaptor) to the Internet using an Ethernet cable. Plug the Ethernet cable into the Internet port of the ATA. Plug the other end of the cable into the LAN port of a network device connected to the Internet. This will be either a router, cable or DSL modem.

  2. 2

    Connect your analogue phone to the ATA by plugging one end of the phone chord into the telephone and the other end of the chord into the phone-in port of the ATA device.

  3. 3

    Plug the power supply of the ATA device into the device and into an electrical socket.

  4. 4

    Turn on the power to your adaptor and wait for it to establish an Internet signal. Place the device's set-up CD into your CD-ROM drive, and run through the set-up options to establish a connection with your VoIP service provider. After completing the set-up, you'll be able to use your analogue phone normally over your established VoIP network.

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