MagicJack suggests on their FAQ's that to save power you can
turn your monitor off and shut the hard drive down within the
control panel of your computer. I believe they are suggesting
the standby mode even though they don't say "standby"
Any ways my question is this. Instead of shutting the computer down
it would be nice to put the computer in standby during the night so
that calls could still be answered. However on my computer as long as
the USB MagicJack is plugged into the computer the computer refuses to
go into standby. Can you put your MagicJack equipped computer into
standby, or is it just me that can't?
No, I can't, the lowest power consumption is by letting the drives
and monitor turn off. Most boxes, especially laptops are surprizingly
low on power consumption, however. I turn my box with MJ off
at night along with the router and cable modem. In emergencies,
folks know to call my prepaid cellphone. btw, I can retrieve cellphone
VMs via magicjack with no air time charge, so I rarely use cellphone
On Aug 14, 8:47 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I wonder if what you save in your phone bill isnt negated by computer
electric consumption, 100w, 24 x 7 x 30 = $15 a month for me.
Computers consume 100 to maybe 500w, think about that, my landline is
cheaper I figured and my computer will last longer. Standby mode would
If the computer is solely on for the phone then yes you can spend $15
a month on electricity. Seeing how my computer is on anyway's I would
only have the computer on for the extra 10 hours during the night and
it would cost me $5 for 200 watts per hour.
On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:55:32 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
And I would have the computer doing something useful, like BOINC
(http://boinc.berkeley.edu /) rather than just sitting around waiting
for you to use the phone.
BTW, BOINC is good about getting out of the way when you want to use
the computer yourself.
Funny; last night on the local news (the "Bigfoot" crap was announced in
a hotel down here in Palo Alto), one station ran a quick debunking of
this whole "Yeti" nonsense by Seth Shostak, one of the SETI scientists.
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: \'Elect me president, and I
will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
They spoofed us. Of course, I never expected anything else from "The
Bigfoot Hunter" himself.
On Fox News Megan Kelly asked Tom "Bigfoot Hunter" Bascardi.....why
not let us have a look at it? He said........when we have the press
conference, we want you there. He never came out and said she could
see it then, but the implication was that she would be able to see it.
The guy that claims he has it is a Georgia policeman. He and his
website have been getting death threats from other Bigfoot hunters.
I don't think for a second that Fox News actually thought they had a
Bigfoot, but presented the "expert" as credible in the initial
interview. What a crock.
The day of the conference, no one was taking it seriously.
I suspect you meant 100w x 24 x 30 to get the $15 per month, around
20 cents per KWH?
actually, typical computers 'idling' along (not in standby) draw somewhat
less than most folks think. With the Monitor (40 watts for LCD and
around 85 watts for CRT) powered down, laptops use around 35
watts and desktops around 60 watts). add another 15 watts for
router and modem. These are broad swags drawn from:
This would drop the idle computer's power noticably below 100 watts,
especially laptops, when used for 24/7 MagicJack.
What does your landline cost monthly with all fees and taxes? Mine
from ATT was $33/mo with *no* options and *no* long distance.
$7 to $15 per month for MJ power is much cheaper. Not to
mention a good set of call options and free domestic MJ LD..
Around $30 per month saved would buy a new PC in fairly
My power consumption is much lower about 12 hours, 5 days
a week. (I let MJ VM catch calls when powered off). I'm
away from this location two days a week. I also use my PC,
with a FM/TV/Graphics card for sound, cable, and ota tv,
so I'm not burning power on a TV/Stereo.
I'm looking forward to the MJ port to linux, then we can do a
flash drive based MJ 'ATA' on a cheap laptop with a busted
display. A poorboy MJ thin-client.
I noticed today that Intel has launched a series of MotherBoards
That can 'wake' on voip and lan. Looks promising.
On 16 Aug 2008 06:26:54 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Just because the power supply is rated for 500w doesn't mean it is
With only one hard drive, most (idle) computers are still under 150W.
I would say under 100W.
Add about 15W per hard drive. Which is really closer to 10W.
What hard drive?
It's about 4"x4"x2" tall, with no hard drive or keyboard or display, just
connectors, including 3 USB. We added Ubuntu linux with a 1-wire file
system (OWFS) on a $10 1 GB flash ram to handle a string of $2 Dallas
sensors that respond with a 12 bit temperature after they see their
factory-programmed 64-bit address go by on a single shared twisted pair.
The best part is Ubuntu's bwbasic, which is almost identical to gwbasic :-)
Unfortunately Magicjack needs an energy wasting full blown computer with
a GUI OS running their proprietary client just to use it. When the
class of machine you mentioned (or less) is all it takes to implement an
ATA to support VoIP. We have VoIP in the office and the two line ATA is
just an efficient tiny box with a dedicated processor.
Nope. Use an older XP laptop with a busted screen and/or busted
keyboard. Plug in a monitor and keyboard and install MagicJack.
Unplug the monitor/keyboard, plug a telephone into the MJ
and you've got an ATA (analog telephone adaptor). Uses around
20 watts of AC. About a dime a day.
The MJ and its services are fully accessible from a standard phone,
no need to use the MJ GUI/window on a computer screen. Screen
and keyboard not required.
And I strongly suspect that you're paying a heck of a lot more
than $20 per year to rent the ATA and the two line service, yes?
Another way to view the MJ is to use it as a simple, cheap computer
accessory. We use sound cards to listen to music, tuner cards for
radio and TV, why not add a phone to the mix? Especially a
phone adaptor you can carry in your pocket and use most
anywhere? Savings on long distance easily pays for it. I often
spend 12 hours per day on a computer, it's mighty handy to
have MJ/caller ID popup on incoming calls.
Any likely you know that laptops don't do well in 24x7 service. Pity you
even need to haybale something like this.
Sure, but it needs to work and we needed to be able to port our existing
numbers which is impossible with magicjack. Also when magicjack goes out
of business it would likely be pretty involved to get our now unworking
numbers released for porting.
I was showing that MJ doesn't require a 'full blown', power hungry
computer nor a GUI. I really don't consider a laptop on an out of
the way shelf 'haybaling'. And thank you for the pity, but I really don't
need or appreciate it.
I have not and would not recommend MJ for business use. For that
matter I'd not recommend any voip for business service without an
automatic landline switchover. But, for personal, residential use,
it's been more than adequate for me.
Well, pardon me for questioning one with such technical
and business acumen. It took several posts, but you finally said
you think MJ will fail, rather than hinting around. It may, indeed, fail
but in the meanwhile I'm getting a great deal on phone service without
feeding the telecom giants.
This sounds like the words of a condescending mindreader to me.
You don't suffer from a lack of ego, do you?
Why? I agree that MJ may fail. I just intend to ride it while it
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