What wireless ATA router? - yet another "What ATA?" thread

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by Theo Markettos, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Thought I'd better start a new thread rather than continuing to hijack
    someone else's...

    I'm looking for hardware to kit out a friend's new flat. She will have an
    NTL cable connection (no BT line, so no ADSL). After some further research,
    we want:

    1 A VoIP ATA with multiple outgoing providers, one handset port will do,
    upstream PSTN not necessary
    2 A router that will cope with cable not ADSL
    3 Wireless
    4 Quality of service so the VoIP doesn't cut out when surfing

    So far on the other thread I've been suggested the Fritz!Box 7140, which is
    120 quid. That's a bit more than we'd rather spend.

    Looking out there I can find some devices that meet this, but mostly they
    seem designed to be preprogrammed by the likes of Vonage (ie the
    manufacturer gives no support) and there's little info on how well they
    behave in practice. Are there any reliable ATAs out there that can do all

    Otherwise, it'll be two boxes. The SPA3102 seems to do 1, 2 (and 4?) but
    would require an extra box for 3. Is that a good idea? Or can anyone
    recommend routers which will do 2, 3 and 4 and are ready to plug in a
    separate ATA (in which case is a PAP2 a good idea?)?

    Theo Markettos, Jul 19, 2007
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  2. Theo Markettos

    Roger Guest

    I'm using an SPA box with the linksys wireless adapter and it works fine.
    Roger, Jul 20, 2007
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  3. <googles> Is that the WBP54G? How are you using it - to connect to an
    existing wireless network or as an access point to create a wireless
    network? Which SPA?

    This review:
    suggests it works as a wireless client, but doesn't say anything about it
    being an access point.

    Thanks for the tip... if it doesn't work as an access point I'm now leaning
    towards SPA3102 as router plus a cheap wireless router for the wireless bit.
    Just need to find one on which I can switch off NAT.

    Theo Markettos, Jul 20, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    Linksys options

    SPA-2102 (no wireless, but does have upstream Qos, no multiple providers)

    SPA-3102 (no wireless, does upstream Qos, outbound multiple providers
    no problem)

    WRTP54G-UK (with wireless and Qos. Not sure about the multiple
    providers though) 45 pounds + vat from provoip.

    Another consideration is how many wired ethernet ports you want on the
    LAN side.

    Tim, Jul 20, 2007
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    Paul Hayes Guest

    Get one of the Buffalo cable routers/wifi access points. You can switch
    off the router part and use it as a combined wireless AP and 4-port
    switch. They aren't expensive and the wireless range is good.

    The WBP54G is a wireless client only.

    Paul Hayes, Jul 20, 2007
  6. I was looking at the WRTP54G (there seem to be several different codes
    whether you want one preprogrammed with Vonage, someone else, or
    empty/unlocked). It seems to get a fairly bad press as far as the VOIP side
    goes - can anyone confirm? My guess is it's Linksys' attempt at doing VOIP
    in-house, after which they decided it was trickier than they thought and
    bought Sipura.
    'Some'. One would probably be adequate but two would be better, four
    probably unnecessary for the moment.

    Theo Markettos, Jul 20, 2007
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    Paul Hayes Guest

    Theo Markettos wrote:
    Bad press where? The VoIP ports inside the WRTP54G are basically a
    Sipura SPA-2000 built-in. In fact, last time I looked at one it even
    reported itself as an SPA-2000 in the User Agent field in SIP packets.

    Paul Hayes, Jul 20, 2007
  8. Well, here for a start:
    The poll is instructive: of the 140 responses about half couldn't get it to
    work. I realise this is mostly about models locked to Vonage, but it
    doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

    In fact I can't really find any positive comments about it on the net at

    Theo Markettos, Jul 20, 2007
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    Tim Guest

    I would discount that particular forum. The most recent post was on
    12th April 2006.

    For instance, ProVu didn't even sell that model until 18th July 2006.
    And the units were label version 1.1.

    I would suspect the Vonage locked units were an early special.

    Tim, Jul 20, 2007
  10. Hmm... I did wonder whether the bugs had been fixed. Do you have experience
    of the unit?

    Theo Markettos, Jul 22, 2007
  11. Thanks. The Buffalo WHRG54S is the second-cheapest router on Ebuyer (26
    quid inc VAT), seems to have good software and supports OpenWRT, so that
    looks like a good option.

    Theo Markettos, Jul 23, 2007
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