[kwlug-disc] Ooma and leaving Bell

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Apr 16 00:19:47 EDT 2014


Before going too far, check out Factory Direct. Have a 2 line, 8-handset 
+ answering machine base from them, dect 6.0, some years ago. (Around 
the time we talked dect 6.0 here, Khalid. And WNDR3700, 5GHz, getting 
off 2.4GHz, OpenWRT,and so on.)

Jeff - let us know, in your journey, if you have voice quality issues. 
Would be glad to know of any / comparisons between handsets you might have.

What is the 2nd HD handset buying you here? 2nd registration?

Just because you have multiple lines doesn't mean you need more than one 
handset. All lines can be associated with the same registration. (I 
assume, guess it depends upon the provider.)

The thing to remember and distinguish between here is receiving vs 
making. For receiving, you can forward everything (like other providers, 
including free ones) to this one.

Moreover, at least with an ATA, which in the end this probably is, a SIP 
hole in your router, and dynamic dns, the forwarding can be direct to 
your device, avoiding the provider and any costs. (Assuming VoIP to 
VoIP. You still need the provider to catch POTS originating calls, 
they're the bridge.)

For making, the ability to have multiple registrations is useful. Some 
can work around the lack by dialling 9 for this provider/line, and 8 for 
a different provider / line, and so on. (Locally programmed.)

But I'm only one guy, and can put only so many phones in a room, so 
everything coming in and going out on the same handset is useful.

I do get, though, it could be convenient to know that this handset 
ringing is the business line (ignore after 5pm?), and the other is the 
house.


On 14-04-15 10:10 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM, CrankyOldBugger
> <crankyoldbugger at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Well I'm interested in the second line as I have a lot of people, well, a
>> few people from Stratford who could call me locally when I lived in
>> Waterloo, but after moving 3 miles north I'm now long distance.  So getting
>> a Stratford number might encourage them to phone me once in a while...  :)
>>
>
> Yes, provided the Stratford numbers are available.
>
>
>> Currently I have a set of Panasonic POTS wireless units where there's one
>> base unit that plugs into the phone system (or in this case, the Ooma) and
>> the other two units feed off of the one base from anywhere in the house
>> wirelessly.
>>
>
> I had exactly that, then got the Linx for $50 off Amazon, and added a new
> cordless set with its own answering machine. If the other line is busy, you
> can call from the second one.
>
>
>> I plan to run that set along with an Ooma HD handset, perhaps.  So if I
>> understand it correctly, I wouldn't need the Lynx just yet?  Or is that
>> necessary for the second line?
>>
>
> The Ooma HD will be the same price as the Linx and will save you buying a
> second cordless set (~$60). But the cordless set will have 2 handsets and
> an answering machine. So, your call.
>
>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 15 April 2014 18:19, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
>>
>>> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:57 PM, Jeff Smith <crankyoldbugger at gmail.com>wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> I'm very impressed with the online dashboard.  I never considered going
>>>> to a website to get my voicemail messages; it's a nifty-neato feature.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Yes, the dashboard is impressive. They really did think about it well,
>>> and implemented it well.
>>>
>>>
>>>> I think I will order one of the dedicated Ooma handsets to go along with
>>>> the POTS phones I have hooked up now.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Consider a Linx for $50, and add your own cordless phone. You will have a
>>> second line with multiple handsets.
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