[clug] Residential VOIP discussion, was Skype on Ubuntu

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Mon Oct 3 23:02:57 GMT 2005

On 29 Sep 2005, at 17:44, Greg Castle wrote:

> I'm in a good position to do this as I share my neighbour's ADSL over
> 802.11g so I don't need the phoneline.  Just wondering if any other
> Clugger's have done the same and have some recommendations?

If you're going to do away with the landline altogether, make sure  
noone will ever need to use your phone to make emergency calls. A  
good way of avoiding confusion is to use the PC exclusively, and  
don't have anything that looks like a normal phone. This is one of  
the nightmares I have regarding the TransACT service - I don't know  
how much their network relies on the electricity supply.

In this specific instance (using the neighbour's WiFi) you're also  
dependent on the neighbour's equipment - if they have a power outage,  
you have no phone. Unless your VoIP equipment is battery powered,  
you'll end up with no service in the event of a power outage. You can  
remedy this to some extent by using a UPS.

Alex Satrapa             M: +61 4 0770 5332
grail at goldweb.com.au     W: http://homepage.mac.com/alexsatrapa

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