Vonage is currently the leading provider for VOIP users who want to talk on regular traditional phones. Motorola and Linksys have teamed up with Vonage to provide routers with VOIP capabilities. A Vonage user would simply connect a VOIP router between a cable/DSL modem and a traditional phone. Vonage also provides 4-port wireless VOIP routers. If you would like to keep your current wireless router, you can always connect Vonage’s VOIP router to your normal router. Below are some examples on how to connect Vonage VOIP hardware.
- Use traditional phones
- A PC is not required to talk on the phone
- Easy to connect
- Clear and reliable phone calls
- Hardware costs are minimal with rebates
- Softphone (PC software) available if you want to talk through the PC
- Wi–Fi phones available
- E911 availability
- Softphone (PC software) feature costs extra and requires an additional phone number.
- Broadband access required
- Wi–Fi phones costs extra and requires an additional phone number.
- Firewalls and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) can cause connection headaches.
Other Phone Adaptor Based VOIP Providers
- AT&T CallVantage
- Cable Providers
- Time Warner
- Cox Communications
- Verizon VoiceWing
- AOL TotalTalk
All these VOIP providers have services that are similar to Vonage. These VOIP providers allow connection of traditional phones via phone adaptors and routers. Hardware for each VOIP provider is service specific and can not be interchanged. Also, rates, features, and quality vary greatly between the providers in the above list so do some research before choosing. Make sure the company has a reputation for high quality calls, and features such as E911, choice of phone number, voicemail, PC software, and Wi–Fi phone availability