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KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



I guess this is the best place to ask about this, there was a VOIP/POTS thread ages ago. The year is 2020 and Kotex needs a home VOIP setup (I think.) I'm taking care of my parents through the quarantine, my cell service Sucks rear end out here (and not in the hip millennial way) but we have pretty decent internet. I hear the Google Voice hardware adapters introduce a fair amount of lag. Is there a good, cheap, reliable VOIP service? All the ones I see online seem to be geared towards businesses ($$$). Even better if the hardware is compatible with a plain old corded phone. Alternately, I know my parents' house used to have two phone lines back in the early 2000s, would it be cheaper to just buy a second landline again? Probably not?

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KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



Albinator posted:

voip.ms is pretty great if you want cheap and a ton of configuration options. If you get an analogue telephone adapter you can hook your old phones up.
This looks pretty good, but I'm surprised to see that they charge per minute for outgoing calls. I was also looking at Ooma.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



I think I'm going to go with voip.ms as it seems a bit less gimmicky than Ooma and people have reported billing issues with Ooma. Thanks for the rec.

The next thing I need to look at is DECT phones. Grandstream looks cheap but people have reported some issues getting them to work right. Also, this is in a house with another DECT system on the POTS landline; will they interfere with each other?

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



Voip.ms is some real nerd poo poo the FreeNAS of voip. It's unbelievably complicated and set up in the least user-friendly way imaginable, but it's also bulletproof and endlessly configurable. Now that I've figured out how to use it, I love it.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



blindjoe posted:

Did you end up getting a hardware adapter for your regular phones? I have voip.ms, and a normal voip phone I stole from the office, but have all these telephone lines in my house that could do something.
I've actually been buying voip phones and being a dork about that. Cisco phones are super, super cheap on eBay.

I do still want to find a DECT solution but they all seem to suck.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



SlowBloke posted:

We solve this by buying a grandstream ht ata and a normal dect base unit, dect voip base stations tend to be overly complicated or just crap.
Yeah it's too bad, I might end up going this route. I kind of wanted something modern with, for instance, Bluetooth support.

Anyone know about Cisco Unified Communications Manager? I was going to buy an 8800 series phone for its fanciness, but apparently this piece of software is required to set it up.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



Are you talking about the phone lines? The purpose of VOIP is to avoid that.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



SlowBloke posted:

Gigaset dect high end phones have bluetooth.
I looked at these but the amazon reviews are pretty ugly.

SlowBloke posted:

CUCM is rather complicated to set up and maintain in my personal experience, I would go for a ata or a phone that can be work stand alone and provisioned by asterisk/trixbox/freepbx/etc.
Yeah, I've been using the CISCO SPA series, which can be configured through a webui. They work great even though they're pretty old and clunky. Haven't tested the bluetooth functionality yet but have a SPA525G coming for that.

KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



Why not just get a phone designed for VOIP, like the Cisco SPA series? They're cheap on eBay and I imagine there must be tons out there from offices closing right now.

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KOTEX GOD OF BLOOD
Jul 7, 2012



What voip service are you using? Voip.ms support is very inconsistent. The first guy I explained my issue to was basically like "this is your fault, we are a telephony provider and your internet sucks." The second guy fixed the problem with a small settings tweak to my SPA504G.

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