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Re: Connecting VoIP Device to Home Wiring

Ringo Langly (
9 Dec 2004 04:29:20 -0800

William Warren wrote:

> On 7 Dec 2004 11:24:11 -0800, Ringo Langly <> wrote:

>> Hi all,

>> I'm a subscriber of Packet8, and on their VoIP box it says not to
>> connect it to the home wiring in my home. I'm assuming they get
>> folks who connect it without unplugging the Ma Bell line and this
>> blows the box. If I disconnect the outside lines (no voltage on
>> phonelines) is there any reason not to connect the VoIP box to make
>> all my phones hot? I only have three phones throughout the house,
>> and I've been told such a box like this should put out enough
>> voltage to carry such a load. Just curious -- Thanks,

>> Ringo

>> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: As long as you *disconnect
>> everything* pertaining to Bell first, you should be okay. PAT]

> Ringo,

> Make sure you _really_ disconnect EVERYTHING: there may be old
> transformers on the wires from a Princess phone.

> You'll also need to check if your burglar alarm and/or utility meter
> is hooked to the line: they'll need to be reprogrammed if your
> dialing pattern is different.

> And _please_ take the time to update the E911 records. The life you
> save may be your own!


> William

> (Filter noise from my address for direct replies)

Hi William,

The house is 20 years old, but AFAIK there's no other connection going
to the line other then the outside phone box. I'll put a volt meter on
the line just to be sure nothing else is supplying juice to it, but I
don't know of anything else that could be.

As for everything else, I do have E911 activated and updated via
Packet8 (paying extra $3 for it), plus I have no burgler alarm or
anything else that should tap into the phoneline.
Thanks for the info and take care,


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