Hi, we recently signed-up for Xfinity voice, but have not yet activated the service. I've done a bunch of research, but would really appreciate any guidance you can provide.
I currently have a non-telephony modem. My understanding is that the difference between a standard DOCIS cable modem and a telephony modem is that the telephony modem has a built-in ATA with an RJ-11 output port (to connect to a standard phone). Question: Do I need a telephony modem to support Xfinity voice, or can I simply purchase a stand-alone ATA? I see no reason to purchase (or rent) a gateway device, which is simply a modem+router combination. My router is fine, and I really don't want to have to reconfigure my WiFi network and the devices connected to that network.
Once I have the correct modem/ATA setup, I understand that you can use all of the existing phone jacks in the house by simply connecting any of those jacks with the modem/ATA via an RJ-11 connector. HOWEVER, I've read that you should disconnect the demarc or NID from the external source (Verizon). I took a quick look at the wiring in my house, and I'm definitely confused as to what's what. I probably would not want to do this myself without help. Is this all correct?
Are there other options, where I could:
Connect the RJ-11 output from the modem/ATA directly to the base station of a standard multi-handset cordless phone system? This would require that I use a single base station solution as there would not be multiple jacks around the house available to connect with.
Are there phones that can connect to my Wifi network directly, eliminating the need for a telephony modem and/or ATA altogether? (this would seem to be the optimal solution). Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!
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