.by Anura Guruge
There were 4 basic requirements that I was after:
1. I wanted to be able to seamlessly dial-out on either my TDS landline or VoIP (via Google Voice) from the same handset — from anywhere in the house.
2. I didn’t want a VoIP service that required a computer.
3. I didn’t want a VoIP service that charged a monthly fee.
4. I wanted Deanna’s cell phone to ring on the 5 handset house system so that she would not miss calls.
Yes, the Panasonic we have supports 2 cell phones — but I am very happy for my cell phone NOT to ring all over the house. Those that have tried to call me on my cell have learned that I am one of these very rare liberated folks that is not tied to their cell. My cell and I are not often in the same place and I am noted for leaving the house without my cell. I can go for at least 3 days, sometimes, before I remember to check my cell. So, I don’t want my calls ringing through the house. IF I hear my cell — I do answer. If I don’t hear it, it goes to voice-mail.
The crux of this whole system is the OBi110 Voice Service Bridge. I found it serendipitously on Amazon when looking for devices that would give me Google Voice on a handset — as opposed to a laptop. The beauty of this unit is that it bonds an existing landline to VoIP. So far I have been very impressed. As I posted setting it so that Google Voice was the default was a hassle. But, one 20 second phone call fixed that. I am fairly sure that this is the way of the future.
The Panasonic Link-to-Cell is neat too. We haven’t used it much. When a call comes in on Deanna’s cell all these phone start ringing. Kind of funny.
And just incase you are wondering, yes, I designed and debugged networks way, way, way more complicated than this for 30 years. So this is a walk-in-the park for me.