How to Use a Normal Landline Phone With VoIP

by Jay Darrington
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Landline phone usage normally requires a physical connection to a phone line, which in turn is routed through several miles of wiring in order to reach the person you are trying to call. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) however, instead routes most of the call through the Internet, resulting in reduced costs to both the provider and the user of the VoIP line. The best thing about VoIP is that with the right adapter, you can continue to use the same phone you used on your landline.

Step 1

Connect the VoIP adapter to your router using the Ethernet cable.

Step 2

Open a Web browser on your PC such as Internet Explorer and type the IP address of the VoIP phone adapter (Typically included in the VoIP adapter's manual.)

Step 3

Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the adapter for use. Enter your VoIP provider username and password you received when opening your VoIP account when prompted. If unsure what settings to use, use the settings in your VoIP provider's self-installation guide.

Connect your landline phone to the VoIP adapter with a telephone cable to enable service.


  • Be aware that your VoIP connection also depends on your DSL or other internet broadband provider.


  • Sometimes there won't be a dial tone because the VoIP adapter will need to automatically download updates to its firmware before use. Wait a few minutes, then try again.


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About the Author

Jay Darrington has been a professional writer since 2006, specializing in technology. He has published on several online blogs, including iTech24, iPhoneland and Tech101. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication technology from California State University.

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