February 11, 2008 8:56 AM Subscribe
I’m planning the wiring for a new home, and I'm paralyzed by the variety of options for getting phone service throughout the house. Do I even need RJ11 any more? What's the best way to link up VoIP and POTS to a CAT6 home phone system?
posted by JParker to Technology (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My house: 4BR home, 4xCAT6 everywhere all wired back to central wiring closet, plus 802.11g wireless. Out in the country, so my only communications options are satellite dish (for both TV and high speed Internet) and Verizon POTS line. I'd like to avoid doing traditional phone wiring inside the house completely if possible. I’d like to use cheap VoIP service for calls, but I definitely want 911 capability
I’m not sure the VoIP call quality will be good enough long term, so it seems smart to plan for easy fall back to POTS service. Presumably I can always continue to use the CAT6 cabling inside the home to wire the phones. Has anyone successfully navigated this maze? Any suggestions on specific phone systems, routers, VoIP providers, or the MagicBoxTM that ties it all together would be greatly appreciated!
• Local telephone number.
• Telephones (8) in the home connected to wiring closet via Ethernet.
• Default outside connection via VoIP provider.
• POTS line to line-powered phone in wiring closet in case of power outage.
• MagicBoxTM = Ethernet phone router that features a hard-wired RJ-11 jack where I can plug in that line-powered phone.
• MagicBoxTM = When the internets are down but power is still on, calls can be made from extensions through POTS line.
• MagicBoxTM = Some kind of QoS monitoring that will use the POTS line if VoIP call quality is bad?
• Multi-line capable (at least 2 concurrent calls).
• Extensions for each person (6).
• Mailboxes for each person.
• Visible “Message waiting” indicator.
• Vmail delivered (copied) via email.
• Conferencing (3-way) and in-home conferencing between extensions.
I can dream, can’t I?
• Telephone interface to allow integration with A/V systems (mute sound on call).
• Wireless integration – switch my AT&T Wireless cell over to 802.11g when in the house.
• Telephones as intercoms (call the kids for dinner).
• Programmable “follow me” call routing for each extension, including routing to cell phones.
• Internet interface for changing settings remotely.