[kwlug-disc] what is the perfect openWRT router?

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 15:32:56 EDT 2014

Thanks for that, Paul.

As it is, the SPA2102 is no longer available from Cisco but you got me
thinking along the right lines..

I stumbled across Ooma.  These people sound very interesting.  $150-200 up
front for hardware and number porting but then peanuts after that, if I
understand the website correctly ($120/yr for the premium package)..

On 28 March 2014 14:09, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> I find that using an ATA (SPA2102 or similar) with a VoIP provider is
> good enough for simple use. Anyone can operate this without serious
> tech because it is very similar to operating a POTS phone.
> Setting up the thing is a different matter -- it is not a plug and
> play solution. But once somebody has configured it to work stably then
> it tends to continue working without too much babysitting.
> Having said that, there are definitely ways in which we have found
> VoIP over an ATA irritating:
> - We have experienced problems with DTMF tone recognition
> - We have experienced registrations being dropped
> - Sometimes the VoIP providers have downtime
> - If you have a lot of POTS phones in the house then supplying them
>   with ATAs gets expensive
> - Paul
> On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 01:52:29PM -0400, CrankyOldBugger wrote:
> >
> > So that just leaves the home phone, currently a POTS from Bell.  I'm
> > looking at how to replace that next, probably with VoIP.  Any
> suggestions?
> >  I know this has come up in this group's discussions before, but I don't
> > need a lot of fancy features.  Just call display and a simple voicemail,
> > and the option to keep our old number.  Does anyone know of a simple
> > solution for home phone?  Remember that Wifeski wants something that
> anyone
> > can operate without having to know serious tech...
> >
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