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Topic # 9854 18-Oct-2006 21:59
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Hi, can anyone recomend an ata/router that works for using iTALK over TelstraClear cable?
Im trying a netcom v300 but have read that there are issues with inbound calling, so am looking at an alternative.
Or mabey someone has actualy got the Netcom v300 to work fully? Wink

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  Reply # 49007 19-Oct-2006 02:05
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I tried everything to get a V300 working on the ChCh iTalk network. But couldn't resolve the issue of having no sound on incoming calls.

It may be different in other regions as they are apparently set up differently.

I ended up with a Linksys router and it worked perfect with the factory defaults and just my user, pass and the proxy address. It also has probably over 20X the amount of VoIP settings that you can fiddle with compared to the V300! Plus you get two lines you can use. I've got the second line set up with VoIP Stunt which gives you free toll calls to about 35 countries.

If you wanted to hold out till next month MyNetFone will be rolling out local numbers across the country, and the V300 should work fine with their setup I would assume.

Don't bother with iTalk's VoiceBox, they've got it setup to configure to routers/modems using DCHP, when you need to connect to the TC cable modem using a static IP address. Plus the box is locked so you can manually set this.

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  Reply # 49097 19-Oct-2006 16:51
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Amigo, whattype of lynksys router did you get? Was it much more expensive than the v300?

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  Reply # 49111 19-Oct-2006 18:45
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jdt73: Amigo, whattype of lynksys router did you get? Was it much more expensive than the v300?

It's not Amigo replying but I'm also running iTalk using a Linksys box.  In my case it's a PAP2T which occupies one port on your hub, router or whatever.  That way it's a separate box which can be upgraded or moved to another location should I change my mode of internet connection in the future.

There are a million settings in the Linksys VoIP boxes but if you can fathom what's going on, they are extremely configurable and you can pretty much tailor your own phone service, unlike the VFX service from WorldxChange where everything is locked down.

For more details, I suggest you refer to the iTalk forums.  Myself and several others have made a lot of lengthy posts there which deal with pretty much everything you want to know about the Linksys PAP2.  Unfortunately, the iTalk Forums have recently been hijacked by a dedicated team of spammers which has just about made them unusable for recent postings.  But if you go back through the threads from earlier this year, you will find the information you are looking for.

On another note, I am interested to see mention of MyNetFone's rollout of local numbers.  There is one problem that happens occasionally with iTalk and that is no outgoing audio on occasional phone calls.  You can hear them, but they can't hear you.  It doesn't happen that often, and it seems to vary with the area in which the caller is located.  I had it happen for the first time yesterday on an incoming call from a Vodafone mobile.  Other times have been Waikato callers.  But never on Auckland calls.  Go figure...

iTalk have not been able to fix it, despite similar reports from several customers.


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  Reply # 49148 20-Oct-2006 00:23
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I got one of the new Linksys WRTP54G in the end as that was the only other suitable VoIP the particular dealer stocked and they had a non-returns policy for incompatiblities, but they were happy to exchange it up for something more expensive. It was about $100 more, but it does offer wireless, much better router configurability, 2 different phone ports with lots more configurablity. So I think it was worth the extra cash.

From what I can gather, the voice side of things pretty much identical to the PAP2T that jdt73 has mentioned, just more expensive because it doubles as a 4 port router and has WiFI.

However, I'm pretty sure that you WON'T be able to use the PAP2T with the Telstra cable modem if you do not already have without a router.

SPA2102 or SPA2100

Is probably the best option for you if you are not networking other computer in your house. If you are wanted to connect more than one computer to the internet then the WRTP54G is probably the best option. I think they all have pretty much the same voice settings.

So far I've had no problems at all with call quality, actually the call quality appears to be slightly better than the V300.

The manual unfortunately doesn't cover any of the Voice settings because it was written for the US/UK market who bundle the hardware with services and lock the users out of the settings altogether.

Fortunately you just basically need to put your user name, password and the network address to get it working.

Though I'm still scratching my head as to where I change the number of rings before voicemail picks up. (jdt73??) I'm sure its there somewhere amongst the endless settings, I just haven't had a decent play yet. I'll have to look back through the italk forums myself I think.

If you do get a Linksys, be warned that if you decide to try the VFX service, they'll lock you out of the settings and you might be stuck with them as a provider!

Another cheaper option that should work (but you might want to ask around first) is the Netgear TA612V. Again only if you don't plan to network additonal computers because it only has one LAN port like the SPA2102/2100. I think I've seen it for about $150, so its pretty good value if it does work OK.

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  Reply # 49159 20-Oct-2006 10:04
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Though I'm still scratching my head as to where I change the number of rings before voicemail picks up. (jdt73??) I'm sure its there somewhere amongst the endless settings, I just haven't had a decent play yet. I'll have to look back through the italk forums myself I think.

You won't find this setting anywhere in the LinkSys equipment.  I have the Admin Manual and there is no mention of it anywhere.

This leads me to believe it is controlled at iTalk's end, which is a pity because the number of rings is far too many in my opinion.  Most callers would have hung up before the Voice Mail kicks in.

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  Reply # 49561 24-Oct-2006 21:48
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I ended up talking to Dynalink (net comm) tech support about the problem with iTalk compatability for the V300, we tried a few things
but still no volume on in comming calls. So it adios V300 Yell and hello Linksys WRT54GP2 Cool. Cant realy fault the v300, its just a shame I cant wait for some competition to develop in the Wellington Voip market, or I would have traded in iTalk instead

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