How to Install VoIP at Home

October 5, 2011 by Nathan Miloszewski

What do you need for a home VoIP installation using your existing traditional telephone?  There’s a few simple components, most of which you probably already have:

1.  Internet service

2.  Broadband modem

3.  VoIP Adapter

4.  VoIP Service Provider

5.  Phone

Home VoIP Setup

Making the Connection

Simply put, first connect your VoIP adapter to your broadband internet modem and then connect your phone to your VoIP adapter.   A VoIP adapter works as a bridge between an IP network and an analog station device (desktop telephone).

If the voice traffic is originating from an analog telephone or the PSTN a VoIP adapter will convert the analog voice signal into a digital signal.

In order to make VoIP phone calls, you’re going to need a VoIP service provider much like you.  There’s a lot of different plans out there and we can give you no obligation VoIP service quotes in minutes.

3 Types of VoIP Adapters

There are three types of VoIP adapters that you should be aware of:

  • Single FXS:  A single FXS VoIP adapter allows you to connect one telephone. Single FXS VoIP adapters come with either one or two Ethernet ports.
  • Dual FXS:   A dual FXS VoIP adapter allows you to connect up to two telephones. Dual FXS VoIP adapters come with either one or two Ethernet ports.
  • FXO / FXS:  A FXO / FXS VoIP adapter allows you to connect a single telephone and a single POTS line.

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