Vonage + multi-line cordless phone?

Discussion in 'VOIP' started by donotemailme, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. donotemailme

    donotemailme Guest

    A little advice needed:

    For a new office I am helping to setup, we are installing a 384k T1
    line, and are planning on using vonage over that T1 line for our phone
    service. We plan to have at least 2 and maybe 3 phone lines through
    vonage. We are looking into cordless multi-line phones. We figure
    we'll need 1 base station and 4-8 handsets. Vonage offers a call-hunt
    feature that will ring the second or third line if the first line is
    busy. Will this multi-line service from vonage work with 1 mutli-line
    base station?

    donotemailme, Dec 8, 2005
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    Vox Humana Guest

    What hardware are you using?
    Vox Humana, Dec 8, 2005
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    donotemailme Guest

    Assuming you mean phone hardware, we haven't decided on anything yet
    but are looking into phones such as the Uniden TRU8866 and Panasonic
    donotemailme, Dec 8, 2005
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    Vox Humana Guest

    No, I meant are you going to use a particular ATA or are you going to use a
    pc-based system like Asterisk.
    Vox Humana, Dec 8, 2005
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    donotemailme Guest

    It's going to be an adapter, whatever vonage is offering that's
    cheapest (or $0). A reconditioned Motorola VT1005RB, for example,
    which has jacks for two phone lines. I suppose if we have 3 vonage
    lines we'll need an ATA with at least 3 jacks.
    donotemailme, Dec 8, 2005
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    Vox Humana Guest

    Maybe you should look at another service. Teliax has a business package
    that allows four concurrent instances per each business DID. You could use
    Asterisk or cheap IP phones.
    Vox Humana, Dec 8, 2005
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    donotemailme Guest

    Okay, but why? What is wrong with what I propose?
    donotemailme, Dec 8, 2005
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    Vox Humana Guest

    I think you would have better performance, better support, and lower costs
    with a provider like Teliax. The hard-wired IP phone will have more
    features for the price. Take a look at this one which costs about the same
    as the two line cordless models you are looking at:

    What is Vonage charging for four DIDs and their "hunt" scheme? From what I
    have read from Vonage customers, I wouldn't want to trust my business phone
    needs to them.
    Vox Humana, Dec 8, 2005
  9. For a new office I am helping to setup, we are installing a 384k T1
    Probably, since the signal from the Vonage TA looks like any other POTS
    phone line. Each phone conversation takes about 90k so you aren't
    going to have much room for anything else if you have three phone
    conversations going on.

    But I second the suggestion that you look at other VoIP services,
    Vonage is expensive and (in my experience at least) offers dreadful
    service. There are other VoIP providers which will connect to an
    Asterisk PBX or other equipment and charge less for more features.
    John R. Levine, Dec 8, 2005
  10. On the asterisk list the wisdom was that one shouldn't trust an
    external voip supplier for the DID's when in a business setting. It
    is easy enough for a voip gateway to figure out how to roll-over a
    failed outgoing call to a backup provider. That direction is easy.
    On the incoming side there isn't a good solution. If customers are
    calling a DID that is held by an external provider and that provider
    is having a bad day, you'll lose the call.

    The recommendation was to get a PRI/T1 from the phone company and
    gateway into voip yourself (via asterisk, Cisco or similar gear).
    Unfortunately the phone company still prices PRI's like they are a
    monopoly. It will probably be a while before they are in the price
    range of home users.

    Wolfgang S. Rupprecht, Dec 8, 2005
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    Haven't they pulled your account yet, spammer..?

    Ivor Jones, Dec 14, 2005
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