How to Hook Up Vonage

by Maya Walker
Vonage offers customers service that is similar to that offered by traditional phone companies.

Vonage offers customers service that is similar to that offered by traditional phone companies.

Vonage is one of the most popular VoIP providers in the United States. VoIP users can utilize an existing broadband connection to receive telephone service. Vonage customers receive a phone adapter that can be easily connected to a modem to make and receive calls. Customers can use any corded or cordless phone to connect to Vonage's phone service. Outside of the installation kit, there is no special equipment to purchase. Set up only takes a few minutes and can be done without paying for a professional.

Activate your Vonage phone service. You may need to visit Vonage's website to activate your service before setting up the device if you purchased your Vonage equipment in a store. If you purchased your equipment online, the service is already activated.

Unpack your Vonage installation kit. The kit contains everything you need to set up your service.

Disconnect your modem's power cord. The modem is the device that enables you to connect to the internet.

Disconnect the Ethernet cable from your modem. The Ethernet cable connects your modem to your computer. Only remove the cable from the modem, not the computer.

Plug the Ethernet cable into the yellow port on the back of the Vonage phone adapter. Your Vonage adapter should now be connected by the Ethernet cable to your computer.

Plug the blue Vonage Ethernet cable into the back of your modem. The cable should be included with the materials you received from Vonage.

Plug the other end of the blue Ethernet cable into the Vonage phone adapter. The cable goes into the blue port that is marked with a globe.

Reconnect your modem's power cord. Wait 30 seconds for the device to power on and connect to the internet.

Plug in the Vonage phone adapter's power cord. Wait until you see "Phone Line 1"on the phone adapter's screen.

Connect your phone. Plug in the phone line from your phone into the port labeled "Phone 1" on the back of your Vonage adapter.

Check for a dial tone. You should hear a steady dial tone when you pick up the phone.

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About the Author

Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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