[clug] Residential VOIP discussion, was Skype on Ubuntu

Neil Pickford neilp at goldweb.com.au
Wed Oct 5 23:19:37 GMT 2005

Irrespective on what you do to provide a backup supply for the network 
equipment in your home, I suspect VOIP on TransACT VDSL network WOULD be 
affected by a power outage as the local network nodes do not have a full 
battery UPS.

The POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) pairs TransACT supply bypass the 
local network node and are terminated at a bigger super node that 
implements the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) function WITH 
full battery backup like a normal telephone service.

So if you were to go totally VOIP then you are at a highrt risk of NO 
Phone Comms during disaster/outage situations.

Neil Pickford

Sam Couter wrote:

> Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:
>>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.
> I've been told it doesn't rely on the electricity supply in your house.
> I can't test that because my only handset *does* rely on electricity in
> my house.
> The guys who installed mine didn't disconnect the power or mess with the
> fuse box, so I can't see how they could possibly have hooked it up to
> electric power anywhere in my house.
> The local node may or may not have some kind of UPS, so I don't know how
> widespread a power outage would need to be to disrupt phone service. But
> that also goes for the standard copper phone lines - telephone exchanges
> need power to operate, and I don't know if they have UPS either.

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