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POTS in a Box

All in One POTS Replacement Solution

In a blog post I published on February 22, I introduced a new service that Atlantech Online offers to customers. Called POTS in a Box, it enables customers to transform copper phone lines with a modern broadband and cellular communications solution. Since then, we've actually installed POTS in a Box at some customer sites and the feedback thus far has been very positive. As reminder, because of FCC Order 19-72A1, business and government are losing access to the phone lines that provide service to seamless communication across critical applications like fire alarms, security systems, fire panel, analog services such as fax, elevators, and more.

Even where POTS service is still available, the prices are much higher than they used to be and service has degraded. The decay of POTS line infrastructure translates to non-functional phone lines, compromising the reliability of critical communication systems. ILECs such as Verizon have a lack of interest in repairing legacy infrastructure, resulting in delayed or non-existent service calls adversely affecting businesses.

POTS in a Box - Now Available

POTS in a Box is an all-in-one POTS replacement solution that combines hardware, software, connectivity, virtual POTS lines and remote management all on a single invoice. The POTS in a Box features include:

  • Guaranteed compatibility with legacy systems. So, this means it will support any traditional communication needs like modem and fax transmissions, telemetry for meter readings, point-of-sale systems, and connections to security and fire alarms, as well as elevators.
  • Multi-WAN connectivity that provides both wireless connectivity that goes directly to the cellular network without traversing the public Internet and any on-site broadband connection that is connected to an RJ-45 port on the router in the box.
  • Mitigation of risk to business connectivity during network and power outages:
    Approved for Life Safety
    Permitted under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 as a Managed Facilities Voice Network (MFVN)
    Meets or exceeds national, state, and local building and firecodes 
  • A battery backup so that any fire, alarm, safety, or elevator lines can continue operating for up to 24 hours in the event of a power outage until power is restored. 

inside look at POTS in a Box


How POTS in a Box Works

As you can see in the graphic below, the customer keeps the analog applications connected to a 66 block or similar. Our dedicated, professional team of installers will connect the lines into our box that contains the equipment required to deliver the solutions. POTS in a BOX supports 2 - 16 lines per box and boxes can be "daisy chained". The box contains the 4g LTE router, ATAs, the battery and a remote access device that enables Atlantech Online to monitor and reboot the equipment. All included equipment is managed and maintained by Atlantech Online. Typically, it would be attached to plywood on the wall of the main telco room or placed in a rack. 

POTS in a Box Flow Chart

POTS in a Box represents a significant evolution in telecommunications, addressing the challenges posed by the obsolescence of copper networks and offering enhanced reliability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. Its ability to integrate with both legacy and modern systems makes it an essential solution in today's rapidly changing telecommunication landscape. You can learn more about POTS in a Box by downloading this brochure. Contact Atlantech Online today and speak to one our telecom specialists about how to replace your POTS and analog services with POTS in a Box. 

Tom Collins
Post by Tom Collins
April 1, 2024
Tom is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.