How to Connect a VoIP Phone to a Router

By Jason Taetsch

Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP phone service is designed to replace the need for landline telephone service, delivering your voice calls over a broadband Internet connection rather than copper phone wires. If your router does not feature a built-in phone port, one option for setting up your VoIP network is to use a VoIP phone. This type of phone is specially designed to connect directly to your router and can be hooked up in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable

Step 1

Locate the Ethernet ports on the back panel of your router.

Step 2

Insert one end of an Ethernet cable into an open port on the router. Connect the other end of the cable to the Ethernet port on the VoIP phone.

Step 3

Connect the phone to a power source.

Step 4

Follow the instructions provided by your VoIP service provider to configure the VoIP phone for call service.

Step 5

Make a test call to ensure that your VoIP phone is working correctly and the quality of the audio is satisfactory.

Tips & Warnings

  • Configuration steps will vary depending on the manufacturer of the VoIP phone and your broadband service provider.
  • If the call quality on your VoIP phone is not acceptable, contact your VoIP service provider for help with adjusting the quality settings on the VoIP phone and your router.