I previously wrote about connecting a rotary-style phone to a VoIP-based telephony setup. In the post, I described using a Fritz!Box 7170 as an ATA because of its support for both SIP and pulse dialling. Although it works very well as an ATA, the device is quite dated and does not offer much functionality other than a Fast Ethernet switch. While it also has a built-in modem and WiFi, it only supports ADSL2+ and 802.
As a millennial, I’m not a huge fan of making or receiving phone calls. Conflictingly however, I am a huge fan of telephony. The act of placing phone calls used to be a very mechanical process with large telephone exchanges making a series of connections to complete a connection from caller to callee. These series of connections are why phone numbers used to be allocated to specific regions. Dialling the area code resulted in a connection being made to the telephone exchange for that area.