Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




33 posts

Geek


Topic # 22925 12-Jun-2008 10:46
Send private message

Anyone doing wireless hopping from a phone to an Asterisk box?

I would really like to put some extensions up in the bedrooms, while my Asterisk box is down in the basement (currently running in a vmware image, but soon to be moved onto a dedicated PC). What is the best way to do this? Either,

1. A wireless VoIP phone? Have done a little googling on this, but didn't really get very far. A few wireless phones out their, but expensive and probably difficult to source in NZ.

2. A normal ATA device (SPA2102?) plugged directly into a wireless box acting as a bridge.

Anyone have experience with either? Any advice or thoughts? Any particular models I should be looking at? In particular, I see option 2 as probably being more acheivable, even though option 1 is probably more desirable, but I've never had any experience with these Ethernet-to-wifi bridges. Can anyone recommend a particular device?

Regards
Aaron

Create new topic
25830 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5555

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 137571 12-Jun-2008 11:14
Send private message

Do you require these on their own extensions?

The range of most DECT handsets is faily good and you can pick up 2 or 3 packs now for ~$100. One of these will require a PSTN connection which could be left in the basement and the other two are simply cradles w/charger and a handset that communicate back to the base unit which you can connect to Asterisk with an ATA.

WiFi or DECT VoIP handsets aren't cheap. There is a Linksys WiFi WIP300 which you should be able to pick up for around $200-$250 but for many of the newer DECT VoIP handsets you are looking at around the $500 mark minimum but you get what you pay for - these are very good handsets.

Linksys sell wireless adapters for all their VoIP adapters that are aroune $60 or so. I haven't played with one but they work reasonably well, you do just need to be aware that with a cheap router you will probably have no QoS over the WiFi connection.



33 posts

Geek


  Reply # 137578 12-Jun-2008 11:41
Send private message

sbiddle: Do you require these on their own extensions?


Maybe not "require", more "really would like" :)

The range of most DECT handsets is faily good and you can pick up 2 or 3 packs now for ~$100. One of these will require a PSTN connection which could be left in the basement and the other two are simply cradles w/charger and a handset that communicate back to the base unit which you can connect to Asterisk with an ATA.


Hmm... yeah I can see how this would work. I hadn't really thought about this option. Only thing is, would I then have to buy a DECT handset with extra handset? Then the base station and one handset would live in the basement plugged into the ATA. Seems kinda wasteful (although if they're cheap, then who cares). Is it possible to get the base station, phone and just the cradle for charging without an extra handset? That would be ideal...

Linksys sell wireless adapters for all their VoIP adapters that are aroune $60 or so. I haven't played with one but they work reasonably well, you do just need to be aware that with a cheap router you will probably have no QoS over the WiFi connection.


I have a seperate wireless access point from my router (or at least will soon), so if my wifi is plugged into the LAN connection on my router, and my router offers QoS, then wouldn't voice over wifi get QoS? That is, the router sees it as ethernet, not wifi. Am I understanding this correctly?

Thanks
Aaron

 
 
 
 


25830 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5555

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 137589 12-Jun-2008 12:12
Send private message

aarond:
Hmm... yeah I can see how this would work. I hadn't really thought about this option. Only thing is, would I then have to buy a DECT handset with extra handset? Then the base station and one handset would live in the basement plugged into the ATA. Seems kinda wasteful (although if they're cheap, then who cares). Is it possible to get the base station, phone and just the cradle for charging without an extra handset? That would be ideal...



I haven't seen any DECT handsets with standalone base units for some time now. Panasonic used to do nice ones but seem to have dumped them and moved back to everything being integrated into the charger/base.

I have a seperate wireless access point from my router (or at least will soon), so if my wifi is plugged into the LAN connection on my router, and my router offers QoS, then wouldn't voice over wifi get QoS? That is, the router sees it as ethernet, not wifi. Am I understanding this correctly?



Qos on your router for your internet connection and QoS over WiFi or LAN connection are two different things. Your router's QoS is typically only on traffic on the WAN port, not the LAN port. QoS over WiFi is different - quite a few new routers and AP's support WME which will give you QoS over WiFi but your devices need to support this. It is really only an issue if your WiFi connection is being used by numerous devices or a lot of high bandwidth traffic such as file copying between PC's using WiFi which can easily max out all of your WiFi bandwidth.



33 posts

Geek


  Reply # 137591 12-Jun-2008 12:21
Send private message

OK, makes sense. Good to be aware of.

To me, just another supporting factor for getting all separate gear. I could always "upgrade" my wireless AP if this became an issue, while still leaving my other gear untouched. Even though I then have more potential for integration issues.

Many thanks
Aaron

Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 137610 12-Jun-2008 13:04
Send private message

I have had all the combinations of devices - SIP phones running through wireless bridges, ATAs behind wireless with cordless phones plugged in, asterisk in front of and behind wifi at variousl times, and have never had any issues with the wireless.

Latency was not an issue.

Just make sure you use decent equipment, don't double-NAT (don't double any core networking functions if you can help it unless you are intentionally designing redundancy).

No problem to have Asterisk box in the garage, and a WiFi Ethernet Bridge on your fridge with an ATA and a couple of cordless phone bases. Very convenient.




Visit http://www.thecloud.net.nz for New Zealand based Hosted Exchange, Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, FTP Backup & more.
(1GB free FTP storage, or larger plans from $5.75)
 
 - Setup your own mailserver at home on Ubuntu Server - full step by step howto here.
 - Have you seen this: Nathan "KFC4LIFE" Dunn.


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.