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Master Geek

# 18398 9-Jan-2008 14:49
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Hey all,

Seeing as XNet seem to be offering a free VFX line with their broadband connections I was looking at getting to see what it's like when I switch over to them for my broadband. But since I'm a n00b in this area so I thought I'd see if I understand things properly.

This is how I understand it, I can either get a Modem/VoIP Box Combo (e.g. WRTP54G-AU ) or I can just get a VoIP Box (e.g. PAP2T) and connect it to my current Modem via ethernet. Both of which I just have to connect a normal PSTN phone to to get it working. Is that correct?

Can anyone recommend one configuration over the other? What's the quality of the calls like?

Also is there any way of somehow connecting the current phone lines through my house to the box? So we can use the existing jacks situated through the house?


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Uber Geek


  # 104155 11-Jan-2008 08:57
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Sorry misssed this yesterday, generally it comes down to what you would want to spend , if you have a decent modem a Pap2T or a 2102 will work well, you can "fine tune" your Router to put some QOS on the PAP2T connection that can help, otherwise the intergrated router wag54gp2 works well. Quality of the calls will be excellent Laughing, but then I would say that generally if you have a good DSL connection the call quality should be fine. I will leave it other users of the services to pass their comments.

There are a couple of threads on wiring so I won't cover off that, Grant K has done a number of very good posts here and in other places explaining this in detail so he may point you in the right direction.

Yes I am a employee of WxC (My Profile) ... but I do have my own opinions as well Wink


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Uber Geek


  # 104160 11-Jan-2008 09:32
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Here is a lengthy post dealing with modifying the wiring in someone's house:

There are plenty of diagrams and also some photos and a discussion on QoS issues.  I hope you can make sense of it all.


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Master Geek

  # 104176 11-Jan-2008 11:15
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Thanks for your quick replies!

Mmm.. My modem/router is quite old, I dont think it has any QoS Settings.  I guess I could always get the Modem/VoIP Combo and see how that goes.

Can anyone recommend a good phone to go with it? I've read about some cordless phones that can run more than one off one base station?

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  # 104177 11-Jan-2008 11:20
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Sinn: Can anyone recommend a good phone to go with it? I've read about some cordless phones that can run more than one off one base station?

I am using a pair of these phones with VFX:

Voice Quality is excellent -- as good as any wired phone -- and the range is about 100 metres.
They work on 5.8GHz, so there are no issues with inteference from WiFi or Microwave ovens.

Full details here:

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Master Geek

  # 104188 11-Jan-2008 11:39
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Thanks grant.

Maverick: I dont suppose WxC sell those routers? where is a good place to get them? A quick search on the DSE website didn't show any but I didn't look very hard =oP


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  # 104189 11-Jan-2008 11:42
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I dont suppose WxC sell those routers? where is a good place to get them? A quick search on the DSE website didn't show any but I didn't look very hard

Sorry, WxC don't sell hardware.  Generally, Ascent offer the best prices:

$243.72 to be precise.

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  # 104228 11-Jan-2008 13:50
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Check for pricing.  Usually lists the shop with the best price (but not always).

You can never have enough Volvos!


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Master Geek

  # 104265 11-Jan-2008 17:01
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Cool, thanks for all the responses. I have now ordered my Modem and hopefully it will arrive next week so I can play around with it a little bit.

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