what do I need to connect an ip phone?

January 30, 2011 at 11:11:57
Specs: Windows XP
I have an IP phone I want to connect to the PC. I also have Vonage which does not support the IP Phones. I don't understand how to connect this phone? This phone is used to read you e-mail and also tex to a cell phone. I know I need to register the phone with Yahoo to get these features to work. But I am just lost on how to connect this phone. It does have its own modem. I also have an magic jack and I am wondering if I need to connect these directly to the pc? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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February 3, 2011 at 07:20:43
An IP Phone usually connects into the back of your router or a Wireless Access Point if the phone is too far from the router. Do you have a router? Some IP phones require Power over Ethernet to power the phone. Does your phone have an external power connection like a power box that plugs into 110? If it does not then you need a router that supports Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Once you have the phone hooked up then configure the phone with a static IP. Once connected you may need to go into your router and port forward your phones IP through the firewall. At least this is the way the phone I worked with worked. If it is a yahoo phone you may need to call their tech support.

http://www.ehow.com/how-does_492599...

"I also have an magic jack and I am wondering if I need to connect these directly to the pc?"

Yep, one end goes into a USB port and the other end goes into a phone or a wall jack. If you are hooking it to a wall jack, be sure it is dead first. If it is hooked up to a phone company you may do damage to the Magic jack.


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