[kwlug-disc] VOIP and DirectDetect

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Thu May 5 11:21:11 EDT 2011

From: Jason Locklin <locklin.jason at gmail.com>
>Sorry for the somewhat off-topic rant, but I just can't believe how much
>of a hassle this has been and I thought the VOIP people here might be
>interested in how difficult the city is making VOIP for some residents.

One important consideration is that VoIP only works if there is electricity. If a fire starts because an electric fault, you may end up without a phone. 

The Bell system (POTS) does not have that problem.

Given those circumstances, ensure that you have a functioning UPS dedicated to Internet and VoIP. Nothing else connected so the charge can last in case of an outage. lso ensure you check the battery capacity at least once a year.

It may be that someone very smart found that changing the setting to pulse to avoid people making the wrong decision and regretting it later. This is a case where "buyers beware" may be too risky.

Another factor is that the internet connection is less reliable than the POTS. Are there any other such issues with VoIP? 

Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
Twitter: rarsamx
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