[kwlug-disc] kwlug-disc Digest, Vol 30, Issue 6

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu May 5 14:07:23 EDT 2011

On Thu, 2011-05-05 at 13:50 -0400, Jason Locklin wrote:
> From: Raul Suarez
> > 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... This is a case where "buyers beware" may be too 
> > risky.
> As I mentioned, I do have a UPS. It's dedicated to the cable modem, voip
> ata, wireless router and cordless phone (how many people have only a
> cordless phone without battery backup? -POTS doesn't work without power
> if your phone base requires power). Last time I checked it runs several
> hours before I got bored with the beeping and plugged it back in.
> Beyond recommending a good UPS, these types of comments are just FUD.
> Believing POTS is 100% reliable is worse than being worried about your
> 99% reliable voip phone. POTS can go down, and it can go down at the
> worst of times (natural disasters or after large events that overwhelm
> the system).  We, like most people, have a home phone, at least one cell
> phone and many neighbours who have phones on various services including
> POTS. Heck, I even have a ham radio if all else fails. Redundancy is
> much better than fretting over a 9 or two of uptime. Just think, 10
> years ago the average house had only one line of communication out, and
> a twisted pair is easily damaged.
> __
> Jason Locklin

While I tend to agree with you, Raul is correct in his caution.  It
doesn't really matter what we think.  What does your insurance company
think of your alarm system configuration?

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