Regardless of the size of your home — McMansion to bungalow — homeowners with a traditional PSTN (public switched telephone network) home phone system havetwo basic options for rewiring for home VoIP service: Physically rewire the whole house, or make all your telephone jacks VoIP-ready IP phone jacks.
Both of these solutions for total-home VoIP service will enable you to use your VoIP telephone service with any phone and any jack. However, rewiring your home is invasive, costly, and likely requires the services of a professional. Converting your telephone jacks is non-invasive, relatively simple, totally free, and a pure DIY project that almost anyone can accomplish.
But why rewire your home for VoIP at all?
If you're already using a home VoIP telephone service such as ITP, you already know that a VoIP home phone system can save you money. You are most likely using a voice over IP adapter to access your VoIP telephone service.
The downside to this current method of using an IP adapter is that, well, the whole concept of the Internet was foreign to most home builders before the late 1990s. Your residential telephone wiring system is strictly analog.
That means you're stuck with a workaround: Your phone has to be plugged into the IP adapter, which is then plugged into your router. Only the phone plugged into the adapter actually uses your VoIP telephone service.
If you want to use other phones in other rooms with your voice over IP adapter and your cost-saving home VoIP telephone service, you need still more workarounds. These include a multi-unit cordless phone system, or a set of wireless telephone jacks. These are ways to extend the reach of your VoIP home phone system.
By rewiring your home for VoIP telephone service, you'll have a complete home VoIP telephone system. Incoming calls will ring every phone, regardless of which phone is plugged into the IP phone adapter or if you've taken steps to expand your VoIP telephone system. Rewiring your home for VoIP will let you take full advantage of the benefits of your home VoIP telephone service.