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Topic # 13298 2-May-2007 21:56
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My wife signed up with AC Neilson's HomeScan rewards program, where you scan all your shopping and enter prices on a cordless data entry device from Cipher Lab.  It then dials a toll free number at midnight and sends all your shopping habbits to a server and you get reward points in return.  Is there anyone on the forum that knows if this system works with VFX?  I have read it is almost impossible to use a modem over VFX, but FAX works fine.  Since this device is a good quality Cipher Lab device and not a $10 modem trying to get every single bit of connection speed out of a phone line, I would guess it should be okay but I don;t know.  So does anyone know?

Thanks.

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  Reply # 69342 2-May-2007 23:58
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Not having one of those Cipher Lab devices, I cannot be sure whether it will work or not, but I can tell you:

1)  56k modems in PCs probably won't work (the one in my laptop didn't)
BUT:
2)  The analogue modem in MySky works perfectly!

So, go figure...

Obviously some modems are compatible with VFX but others aren't.  I suspect the older ones using lower baud rates are more likely to work.

Hope that helps Smile

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  Reply # 69363 3-May-2007 09:08
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I have never tested this on VFX, however I have had it working on other SIP services.  The maximum connect speed we were able to obtain (and keep running) for a 24hour period to an ISP (in this case IHUG) was 33.6k.  This I guess would depend on the codec, we tested this using G.711...

I was unable to test this on VFX, as it appears they have blocked all the ISP numbers (both there 0867 and 09 numbers).  The message you get when calling them asks you to try again later, which I did.  I actually called WxC to find out if these numbers were blocked, but never got a decisive answer....  They couldnt understand why I would want to do such a thing :)


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  Reply # 69365 3-May-2007 09:22
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Unison: I was unable to test this on VFX, as it appears they have blocked all the ISP numbers (both there 0867 and 09 numbers).

It appears there has been a change in this regard.  You now get the message that "the number you have dialled is not in service".  However, this only applies when dialling OTHER ISPs than Xnet.  You can still connect to an Xnet modem by dialling 0867 99 209.

I remember from my earlier testing that 0867 calls are charged for on VFX so possibly that is why they did this.

It wouldn't surprise me if 33.6kbps is the maximum reliable speed obtainable.  However, I couldn't get my 56k modem to connect at all, in spite of trying different Initialisation Strings etc.  It never got past the training sequence and eventually gave up after 30 seconds or so.

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  Reply # 69399 3-May-2007 12:55
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With the rapid demise of the landline in the rest of the world, they should have a wifi or gprs/3g solution available.

Otherwise their results will be as skewed as the rest of the ac neilson polls etc which only seem to be people who will answer a withheld call around dinnertime and actually talk to the person.




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