Niall O Broin wrote:
> On 15 May 2009, at 08:08, Michael Watterson wrote:
>>> The Grandstream may not look as pretty, but is easy to configure, has
>> every feature you could ever want and works reliably.
>> Have looked into these a bit more now. 386 looks to be very cheap and
> cheerful. 502 seems to be a nice device - 2 FXS ports, and a router.
>If you *ONLY* need an ATA, the 286 does everything and is very cheap.
Obviously there are many options.
I tested the 486 also.
>> Don't consider a Grandstream Phone, or any other VOIP phone.
>> What have you got against the whole family of VOIP phones? I have a
> couple of Grandstreams here in boxes somewhere and IIRC they worked
> nicely, even if somewhat limited in features.
>Expensive, confusing, inflexible, bulky.
The Grandstream ones do exactly what they claim to do. I tested them too.
>> DECT on ATA is a better solution also than a WiFi SIP phone (tested a
>> lot of those too.)
>> Certainly a less expensive option, with better battery life.
DECT + 286 ATA:
easier to configure ATA (Web client instead of stupid tiny screen GUI)
no WiFi QOS issues
Usually better audio.
much better battery life
Up to 4 cheap handsets can share one ATA
If you DO want WiFi SIP phone, some of the Nokia E series work better
than dedicated WiFi SIP. But have no firewall support. If you are using
blueface it's still possible to work though with suitable NAT/Firewall
settings, Other SIP services mostly don't work.
If you have OpenWrt on router you can add a transparent SIP proxy to
make E series work with most services.
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