October 06, 2003

Always On. Mostly.

I have to give (faint) praise to my ISP... the local phone cooperative... for bringing DSL to the hinterlands. When it works, it's great. This morning, and off and on every day since it was installed two weeks ago today, not so great. An added feature of the new service (in addition to periods of dead air) is the fact that when I use our cordless phone and talk with someone also on a cordless or headset, they sound like they are three rooms away with the doors shut.

They're working on it. And so I may suddenly disappear from the blogosphere until they can get those chipmunks running in the squirrel cages at full speed so that I can be truly 'always on'. Always off is not an acceptable alternative, PhoneGuys.

Posted by fred1st at October 6, 2003 09:02 AM | TrackBack
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Do you have DSL filters between all the phones and their respective phone jacks? DSL renders my phones unusable without the filters in place.

Posted by: Chris at October 6, 2003 11:53 AM

We have had some interference with our cordless phone on the dsl line also. for now we just gave it up. the corded phones don't have a problem.

Posted by: bill at October 6, 2003 12:15 PM

The microfilters that most service providers issue are designed to filter out higher frequencies, thereby blocking the ADSL frequencies and not the voice frequencies.

Quite a few of the cordless devices have the same sort of filters built into them to cut down on the interference that they place on the line. Good quality phones actually do a pretty good job. But some of the filters from cheap manufactures may actually have the reverse effect on your ADSL.

Is your wifi phone a 2.4 mHz or a 900? It should say on the base station. You DSL provider should be able to give you an answer about line degradation...this ain't rocket science.*G*

I would highly recommend that you connect your cordless phones in another area of the house to decrease the chance that it may cause problems and as suggested filter every phone jack that has a peering device, phone, fax, cable box, or answering machine.

In fact, any device that connects to the phone line (alarm systems, satellite dishes, game console systems, faxes and modems) have the potential to cause interference. I had a problem with the wireless alarm system and my WiFi network hub...the alarm company came out and installed another filter and that fixed it.

Posted by: feste at October 6, 2003 01:49 PM

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