Difference Between an FXO Adapter and an FXS Adapter
A guide on what they do and when each should be used.
FXO Adapters (VoIP to telephone line adapters)
An FXO adapter can be used to connect VoIP systems such as an IP-PBX in a LAN environment, to regular analog telephone lines (POTS PSTN lines). An FXO adapter from the point of view of a telephone exchange seems to be a regular telephone. As such, it is able to accept ring signals, go on-hook and off-hook, and send and receive voice signals. From the VoIP system it appears to be an external line.
When to Use an FXO adapter:
- To use as a link to a Computer Based PBX as an alternative to expensive PBX hardware. To see the benefits click here.
- To link your computer to ordinary PSTN telephone lines.
- To setup an IP PBX system (such as Axon) in a local area network environment. Great for people who only have access to PSTN lines (no broadband or SIP Gateway Provider).
- If you are happy with your telephone provider and do not want to subscribe to a SIP Gateway provider but would like to make calls using your computer as a telephone.
- If you do not want to invest in a more expensive telephony card when setting up a VoIP system.
More Information: To purchase an FXO or for more information on features and specifications, please click here.
FXS Adapters (telephone to VoIP adapters)
An FXS adapter is used to connect a regular analog telephones to a VoIP system such as an IP-PBX in a LAN environment or a VoIP telephone service. An FXS adapter is a device that, from the point of view of a telephone, seems to be a telephone exchange but connects to a VoIP service instead.
When to Use an FXS adapter:
FXO and FXS adapters ARE NOT interchangeable.
- You CAN NOT plug a phone into an FXO
- You CAN NOT plug and FXS into a telephone line