How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

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How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Cyberchat » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:16 am

I've been a customer of OOMA for almost two years and my experience has been very good to excellent. I've received excellent call quality and customer service/support. I've had only one major issue, the replacement of my Telo unit (under extended warranty) after about 18 months, which was handled expeditiously by OOMA Customer Support. Additionally, I've enjoyed a savings of over $60.00 per month over my prior telephone service provider which means that my payback for the purchase of the OOMA Telo and Handset was about five months. Its all been gravy since!

To the subject of this message, many new OOMA Users are able to simply follow the in-box instructions and successfully install and register their units. However, in this forum I see many forum visitors struggling with their VOIP installations. Many of the questions are related to Customers difficulties integrating the OOMA products into their residential telephone wiring setups.

There are several experienced Users in this forum who persistently and tenaciously help answer Customer questions and there is a wealth of information scattered througout these forum topics. But when it comes to integrating VOIP into residential telephone wiring setups many of the forum topics end up being long exchanges of tips on wiring approaches with exchanges of photos of telephone company demarcation boxes/points and novice users really struggling to grasp the concepts.

In the interest of helping new Users with these struggles of integrating VOIP into their residential telephone wiring setups, I've found the following documentation to be very helpful. It brings together in one place most of the information Users will need to deal with wiring, testing, troubleshooting, faxing, alarm systems, satellite TV and other dial-up home services.

Although at an initial read the documentation might seem a bit daunting to a novice non-technical User, in general the author has explained much of the information in terms most Users will be able to understand after a couple of reads. I hope its helpful!

"The Original How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home"

http://voip.mi-telecom.org/

(Added 02/27/2012) For Alarm systems in particular, the section of the document on Alarm Systems provides some pro's and con's on various alarm systems and how well they work with VOIP systems. For example, "NextAlarm's VoIP-capable Alarm System:

http://blog.tmcnet.com/blog/tom-keating ... system.asp
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Ringfinger » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:47 pm

Phew, that's a big article! Thanks!
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Cyberchat » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:53 pm

Ringfinger wrote:Phew, that's a big article! Thanks!


Ringfinger,

Yes, Its one of the longest HTML pages I've found. :D

I followed your questions in another topic. From your discussion, it appears that this article may have helped you understand the wiring in your home. I hope it was helpful.

Good luck.
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby FX4 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:47 pm

You mean like this:
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Sorry, couldn't help myself and I realize this isn't any help to your target audience but it does give an idea of what can be done at home.
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Ringfinger » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:49 pm

Yeah. It was helpful. I am totally wireless in my house as far as my network. I have a cable modem hooked into my wireless router. Also connected to that is a ps3, NAS, and a power line Ethernet plug which ultimately the ooma plugs into after a hub. It works great by the way. I will end up moving the ooma where the main home phone is, backwire from there. I plan on using the wireless adapter for the ooma.

Anyway, all the above excePt the ooma sit on a storage tub in the basement. Ugly but it works well.
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby FX4 » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:57 pm

I use a cable MoCA adapter to my home theater. I tried power line but I have too much noise on my AC to use it. The cable MoCA has worked very well.

Here is my entire home network:
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Ringfinger » Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:56 am

I am at the point where I am going to backwire. Which port on the back of my ooma do I plug the phone cable into and then into the wall from there? I have two places on the back of the Ooma it can plug into.

Thanks!
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby thunderbird » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:12 am

Ringfinger wrote:I am at the point where I am going to backwire. Which port on the back of my ooma do I plug the phone cable into and then into the wall from there? I have two places on the back of the Ooma it can plug into.

Thanks!

Use the Phone port.

Don't try to use the Wall phone jack port. For some time, the Ooma Telos haven't been manufactured with a Wall phone port.
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby Ringfinger » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:47 am

Gotcha! Use the phone port.
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Re: How to Distribute VoIP Throughout a Home

Postby smilepak » Sun May 20, 2012 8:33 pm

FX4 wrote:You mean like this:
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Sorry, couldn't help myself and I realize this isn't any help to your target audience but it does give an idea of what can be done at home.


exactly what I am looking for. Now how would a novice like me achieve this?
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