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How to Connect Remote Employees with an ATA

By: Angela D Vlahos

There are many benefits of installing a VoIP phone system over an analog phone system. One of the benefits of going with a VoIP phone system is that it is very easy to tie remote employees to the system so they are setup as an extension on the system.

This ability is ideal for teleworkers and branch offices that need to be connected to the main system. The remote employees are able to utilize the phone system in the same way as other employees who are at the main office where the system resides. Remote employees are also able to call any of the other employees connected to the company's phone system via a VoIP call, which allows the company to avoid paying toll fees.

For companies who have remote employees they need to tie to their analog system via a VoIP connection, there is a solution. Either an ATA or VoIP gateway can be used to connect a company's remote employees to their analog phone system and make VoIP calls between locations. Choose a solution with the size of your company in mind.

For this example, we will say there is a company that needs to extend eight lines to a branch office. At the main location where the analog phone system is located, you will need a gateway with eight FXO ports. Eight of the phone system's phone station ports (ports you would normally use for connecting phones) will get connected to the FXO ports on the gateway. At the remote location, analog phones will get connected to an ATA adapter.

It is recommended that a VPN (virtual private network) is set up between the two locations so that the communications between the two locations are secure. Once the VPN is set, you will need to configure the gateway and ATA to talk to each other. After the two devices are configured, you should be able to start making VoIP calls between locations.