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Re: VoIP Attracts Small-Business Customers

Carl Navarro (
Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:18:58 -0400

On Thu, 28 Sep 2006 01:13:32 -0400, wrote:

> USTelecom dailyLead <> said on
> that big USENET thingie:

>> * VoIP attracts small-business customers

>> Has anyone else heard that some of the VOIP hardware is not fully POTS
>> compatible, in that it sometimes won't support a business phone
>> system? I have heard that some of them are only designed to handle
>> one or two "phones".

Of the 4 VOIP ATA's I've used, they all support key system trunks with
a REN of 0.4B or whatever. It seems that somewhere I read an ATA is
good for 2 REN's. Even that would be 5 0.4 devices bridged on the
line, but the key would be that you don't even attempt to do that.

I guess that means it's fully POTS compatible, but not more than a
couple of POTS devices. Just pretend you live in the sticks.

As far as number of lines, we stacked up 4 Vonage lines in a poor
man's hunt group using CF-Busy feature on lines AB and C. The nicest
part of that is we could build it and tear it down via the web.
Eventually, we did a CF-Busy/No answer to the customer's main land
line since we didn't give those number out to the general public and
the outbound access was via a group CO key.

Carl Navarro

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