[kwlug-disc] VOIP and Direct Detect (offtopic)

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri Feb 19 17:08:21 EST 2010


Wow.  You're required to buy their monitoring service? 

I've no answer to your technical questions.  But something doesn't smell 
right here - there's way too many people without regular bell service 
these days.  Cable and cell phone is the standard these days for anyone 
< 30 years old, and that's got to make up a reasonable segment of buyers 
of newly constructed homes.  There's no way you're the test case for not 
having a bell line.  (or to put it another way, not only is the city 
requiring you to pay their monitoring service, they're also requiring 
you to buy Bell. ).




Jason Locklin wrote:
> I know this is off topic, but since there are a few VOIP experts here,
> I am humbly requesting any advice I can get.
>
> I am moving into a new house in a couple weeks and was just thrown a
> curve-ball. I just found out that the Kitchener won't give us an
> occupancy permit unless we have this direct detect service:
> http://www.kitchener.ca/city_hall/departments/devtech_services/fire/direct_detect/residential_monitoring.html
>
> Of course, they "say" that it only works with a Bell phone line.
> Apparently it is just a device that dials out when the smoke alarm goes
> off. I have convinced them to let me "try" it with my voip ata.
> I'm going to get DSL service at the house on the first, and our
> inspection is on the second, so I need this thing to work right away or
> problems will ensue.
>
> I'm considering involving my lawyer if this delays our occupancy
> permit, but I'd like to know if anyone here has used this system with a
> voip ata? Any chance this will simply work?
>
>
> note: I'm using a linksys spa-2102 with Acanac and have been using it
> for over a year, so it's already configured correctly for phone use.
>
>  __
> Jason
>
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