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# 18206 1-Jan-2008 19:33
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I am considering signing up to VFX when I move into my new house. I a willing to give them a go for a primary line and avoid a telecom line rental charge.

For Broadband I will use Xnet as I have heard good things.

I will use the VFX recommened modem/router as a need to by a Modem anyway. However I would like a cordless VOIP handset to use. Can anyone recommend some handsets that work well with the VFX service? They only recommened hardware is the fixed line Linsys unit.

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  # 102508 1-Jan-2008 20:25
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They apparently looked at WiFi handsets but could not find one with good performance and good battery life, etc.  There is little that comes close to a DECT phone plugged into your VFX box.

Note that you will not save much by going VFX.  You still need to rent your copper wires even though you do not get voice over it.  That said, with VFX you do get an answerphone and other great things for free (where other providers charge you for it) so you do get more for the same money.  I do not use many of them, but it is nice to know it is there if/when needed.  And the other benefit is that when you move you do not have to contact anyone other than arranging your ADSL connection at your new address.




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  # 102517 1-Jan-2008 22:17
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Why do you want a cordless VOIP phone ? Just grab a ATA SPA 2102 and plug a normal cordless phone into it.




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  # 102519 1-Jan-2008 22:23
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wmoore: Why do you want a cordless VOIP phone ? Just grab a ATA SPA 2102 and plug a normal cordless phone into it.


The main advantage with a WiFi SIP phone is that any WiFi AP you connect to can instantly be a home phone connection. I have my Nokia E65 automatically connect to my Asterisk box at home from about half a dozen AP's that I regularly connect to including home, work and my parents place. If anybody rings my home line when I'm connected then I can answer the phone as if I was at home.



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  # 102522 2-Jan-2008 00:19
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Been doing more research (reading the forum Laughing).

The WAG54GP2v2 comes with the capacity to work as a ATA and attach standard phones to it so there is no need to for a second ATA device.

I will be interested to see if the WAG54GP2v2 can allow the functionality that your asterisk box allows you with your E65 Sbiddle but that service is not a must have for me at the moment, just a nice toy to play with.

I will be happy with a standard POTS cordless phone

The Xnet Fusion FS/FS plan seem like a good deal considering Telecom line rental is $43 in Dunedin and a 1G Xnet FS/128 plan is $35. Then I get cheap calls.
The fact I can forward my calls to a mobile if the power or net goes down means I will never lose a phone call.

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  # 103630 8-Jan-2008 19:05
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sbiddle:
wmoore: Why do you want a cordless VOIP phone ? Just grab a ATA SPA 2102 and plug a normal cordless phone into it.


The main advantage with a WiFi SIP phone is that any WiFi AP you connect to can instantly be a home phone connection. I have my Nokia E65 automatically connect to my Asterisk box at home from about half a dozen AP's that I regularly connect to including home, work and my parents place. If anybody rings my home line when I'm connected then I can answer the phone as if I was at home.


If a laptop gets onto that WiFi connection and initiates a big download, how do you ensure QoS?  I assume your VoIP call gets clobbered?

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  # 103711 8-Jan-2008 23:22
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I use the E65 as well as my only phone - most recent access points support WMM, and with a decent router you can implement the QoS there anyway as a regular ADSL connection won't max out a 802.11g access point.

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  # 103720 9-Jan-2008 00:23
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Not to mention the horrific power consumption that wifi has on handhelds, not seen more then 24hr standby times on any wifi cordless whereas dect gets weeks IME.




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  # 103724 9-Jan-2008 00:55
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Yes - battery life is my biggest problem, but for the convenience of having just one phone do everything for me at home and work and on the road I've purchased a second charger so it can be charged at work.  Without charging it my battery life is around 6 hours (this includes me making around an hour of calls per day).

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  # 103728 9-Jan-2008 06:49
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nate:
sbiddle:
wmoore: Why do you want a cordless VOIP phone ? Just grab a ATA SPA 2102 and plug a normal cordless phone into it.


The main advantage with a WiFi SIP phone is that any WiFi AP you connect to can instantly be a home phone connection. I have my Nokia E65 automatically connect to my Asterisk box at home from about half a dozen AP's that I regularly connect to including home, work and my parents place. If anybody rings my home line when I'm connected then I can answer the phone as if I was at home.


If a laptop gets onto that WiFi connection and initiates a big download, how do you ensure QoS?  I assume your VoIP call gets clobbered?


4 of the routers I connect to regularly are all WRT54G/GL's running Sveasoft Talisman. I haven't had a single issue with QoS with WME enabled on them so I can assume that it's doing it's job properly!

Having said that wireless doesn't get a lot of use on any of these AP's so there isn't a lot of traffic and I've never tried to swap the WiFi connection with a couple of laptops and make a call at the same time which is something I probably should do.

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