I have VOIP phone service, and it works well as long as we don't need two
phones off the hook at one time. If two of us need to be on the phone we
can't hear anything. Is there a booster out there to power more than one
phone at a time? Yes, I know about 4 station wireless, but want a less
Some phones put less of a load on the system when they are off hook. Might
want to try a newer phone.
Other than that, you'll need a different VOIP device that is capable of
pushing out more power.
What you're looking for isn't VOIP specific. It's just an analog
signal booster for a phone line, to sit in series on the line and
boost the volume, which I've never seen. Even if you did find one,
I'd be surprised if cost wise it didn't make more sense to get a
cordless multi-handset phone, which you can get for $50- 75 when on
As an aside, this is another example of the issues you can run into
when you switch from good old 2 wire phone service.
On Sep 23, 12:55 pm, email@example.com wrote:
A very important aside: Agree absolutely. At one time; back in the
'bad' old days telephone systems were regulated and good (an
universally available) service was expected. As a result North America
had the best telephone systems in the world with probably the highest
number of phones per 100 of population. And yes; I was a proud and
service conscious employee of that system for almost 40 years.
To preserve that quality, at one time, telcos did not allow the
connection of other equipment or that at least did not meet or
maintain standards such as Bell System to their lines.
That has gradually changed with interconnection and competition so
that today we have a mish mash with virtually no standards! And now
Voice over the internet, which has very little to do with telephones
at all. Except the the telephone numbering system devised by
international and inter company cooperation has been extended from the
traditional telephone networks into other so-called telephone
The poster doesn't mention what type of phones they are. Not saying
they are el-cheapos; but if they are some have very low impedances
which don't match a telephone line or anything else very well. Or they
take too much current. You can't just hitch stuff up willy nilly
without any reference to technical specification or standards and
expect it to work!
The worst case we ever had was two cheap phones that two children had
'won' as part of a magazine subscription that were of such low quality
that they disabled their parents' telephone line; their father was a
fire fighter who missed several emergency call outs! Could have been
serious. Fortunately our local telco. was service conscious and
socially responsible. It investigated; disconnected the two non
standard phones. Service immediately returned to normal.
The original posting, as said, is not VOIP specific it has to do with
a proper interface between the computer and the phone gadget/s. Deal
with your computer service provider.
We have Have used VOIP with varying quality. Occasionally
Anecdote:Yesterday the phone rang and someone who sounded like
teenager speaking on a terrible connection, sounded like it was coming
over the internet, voice kept breaking up, was distorted and choppy
etc. tried to sell me Long Distance (which I virtually never use
within North America) at 3.5 cents per minute. Told her that if she
couldn't offer better quality than that while trying to 'sell' me
service they shouldn't try.
Can't help you on that. But I'll hijack your thread since it's VOIP. I
bought a Linksys VOIP phone to use on Skype. At my cabin, I can not get it
to work with the dish system. All I get is garbled sound. I've contacted
Linksys and Skype and they sent me lists and lists of things to try, but I
can't get the damn thing working. Even bought a regular computer headset
and tried that. It works at my lowland house over a dish, but not up at the
Hope you get your problem solved. Hope someone can help me with mine.
Are you using the same sat service at both locations? If not suggest
using the known working service at the cabin location. I seem to recall
noting that the Hughes service was know to function (with the expected
sat delays) with Vonage service.
I don't believe that your problem is VOIP specific at all.
Many times, modern electronic telephones won't work correctly
(even with POTS) if two are off hook at the same time. This is
particularly true is the telephones are of different brands/models.
The "traditional" phone interface electronics in the VOIP routers are
not built to the same standards as the TelCO's central office gear. It's
not surprising that it would not have the same line load capacity as the
TelCO, however you should at least check with the manufacturer of the
VOIP gear to see what the load capacity should be as it's possible you
have a bad unit. As far as boosters go, the only "booster" that I'm
aware of would be a TelCO grade line extender which would cost more than
the cordless phone setup. Welcome to the world of bleeding edge
technology where you're finding the bugs in the system...
Try a telephone amplifier. I've got this one and it works swell.
Search Ebay (and other places) for "telephone+amplifier"
VOIP is superb. With diligent searching and bargaining, we got our long
distance charges down to 3.5c/min. Still, our LD bill was over $200/month.
All that went away with VIOP.
We use Vonage, but there are other services available.
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