Solved setting up VoIP phone in home office

May 12, 2016 at 16:39:07
Specs: Windows 7
How can i set up my VoIP phone in my office downstairs when my verizon modem is upstairs? I know its supposed to plug into modem via ethernet cable, is there a way other than running a 100+ foot ethernet cable from upstairs modem to downstairs office?

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May 12, 2016 at 20:26:08
If you have WIFI you could use a range extender with LAN ports like this:

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May 12, 2016 at 22:08:07
Another option is to usehomeplug adapters which allow cat-5/ethernet connection...

Plug one adapter into a mains socket adjacent to your router; connect it to your router via a cat-5/ethernet cable. In your other location plug another adapter into a convenient mains outlet; and then you can connect your Voip device via cat-5/ethernet to that adapter.

Homeplug system is a means of using mains wiring as a network around the premises; the system also being known as lan over mains.

Devolo in Germany was the first such device, not available in the USA/Canada. However Netgear, D-link, Linksys/Cisco have similar; as does TP-link, but this latter brand is pretty low on my list of recommendation..

The lan over mains approach is more stable than the method that uses wifi only to link the router and any other extender. There are homeplug adapters which also provide wifi output as well as cat-5/ethernet.

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May 12, 2016 at 23:18:25
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There may be a little more to it then just adding a range extender or home plug.

The phone is most likely going to need a source of power. The Verizon modem probably has Poe (power over Ethernet) which runs power through the the Ethernet cable to power the phone.

I would check with Verizon first to see if thats how the phone is powered. If so, you will need an extender with PoE or possibly an external power supply to run the phone

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