hamish225:webwat: Hope they look at the option of a separate battery backup port, because the essence of the battery suggestion was that a DC battery charger gives the router a redundant power supply instead of relying 100% on mains power. Of course USB may not have enough amps to power it so might be a simple 12V charger output or perhaps the WAN link could accept remote power in addition to the normal DC input, eg a PoE injector at the ONT allowing the ONT to share its UPS with the gateway. Any power input should still be able to plug into a UPS though, so not the normal plug pack, which was another important suggestion.
Power supply really is the Achilles heel of fibre broadband and VoIP even though average users don't usually realise it and wouldn't think about how to connect it. Perhaps the gateway should be marketed with either a charger output that feeds an external off-the-shelf 12V battery if required, or an external 12V power supply that fits a battery. I'm thinking the average user won't figure out that both the ONT and gateway can run from the same UPS, especially since ONTs don't seem to always make it into a comms cabinet, and building owners often don't request this because they are not the occupier and often not tech savvy at all.
yeah but every single person in nz has at least one cellphone so thats their 'in case of emergency' right there.
My dads a technophobe, so a land line is a must. Granted it'll be a long time before the copper network gets switched off, but still.