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Obihai OBi202 VoIP Telephone Adapter with 2-Phone Ports, Router, USB $59.99 after 20% coupon - Free ship, no tax outside NY/NJ $59.99

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Obihai Technology OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter with Router, 2-Phone Ports, and T.38 Fax Connections for sale at B and H, 59.99 after 20% coupon (clickable on the product page.)

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Works with Google Voice
Caller ID
Call Forwarding
Call Waiting
3-Way Calling
Block Anonymous Calls
Missed Call Notifications
Voicemail Support
Ring Multiple Phone Simultaneously
Supports Multiple Numbers

With the OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter with Router, 2-Phone Ports, and T.38 Fax Connections from Obihai you can use your existing broadband connection and make and receive phone calls and faxes. This phone adapter supports Google Voice Free Premium features including caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting, 3-way calling, faxing, and more. In addition to Google Voice support, users benefit from a variety of calling features offered by OBi including reduced calling rates, the ability to ring multiple devices, block unwanted calls, and other enhanced calling features. Once installed the OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter is capable of handling up to four VoIP services including Anveo, PhonePower, VoIPms, and more.

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Use these with call centric, took my small business phone bill with 2 phone lines and a fax line from $150+ to $35 a month.
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Use these with call centric, took my small business phone bill with 2 phone lines and a fax line from $150+ to $35 a month.
I'm confident that you've heard about google voice, do you not use it is it because it lacks features?

What about FreePBX? just some thoughts here.
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On a main note, have any of you successfully set this up for fax?
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Is there a way to setup wireless fax? my all in one printer is a little far away from the router.
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I'm confident that you've heard about google voice, do you not use it is it because it lacks features?

What about FreePBX? just some thoughts here.
Corret me if I'm wrong but you would still need to get a SIP trunk, which would cost something.
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Corret me if I'm wrong but you would still need to get a SIP trunk, which would cost something.
You shouldn't for a typical home use. So basically after device cost, there is no on going subscription cost.
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Is there a way to setup wireless fax? my all in one printer is a little far away from the router.
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It is possible. Just have to disable auto correct off and lower the transmission speed on your fax device.
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I'm confident that you've heard about google voice, do you not use it is it because it lacks features?

What about FreePBX? just some thoughts here.
Callcentric is a solid company. For a business need, I would probably use a paid service over a free google voice or similar. If it is not for a free toll option, it's more for reliability and support. Someone to hold accountable. Also you wouldn't worry about use volume violating a ToS or something.
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I am very pleased with my obihai and have used it for 4+ years. I ported my Verizon land line to phone power and use my Google voice number as the 2nd line. I was able to sign up for a special deal through phone power and I pay only $36/year but can only do 200 mins outgoing on the PP line which I never come close to since my outgoing calls are mostly on google voice line. Incoming calls are unlimited. Faxes have not been an issue but I only use that ocassionally.
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I'm confident that you've heard about google voice, do you not use it is it because it lacks features?

What about FreePBX? just some thoughts here.
Sure thing.

Call centric has all the features of a large company for cheap. Unlimited voicemail, caller ID, voicemail assistant, call hunting, dedicated fax DID, spam filter, telemarketer block, etc. The lost goes on and on. The only trouble, is that no one will really hold your hand through set up. Took me about a week before I was ready to port our numbers to this system after countless test calls and troubleshooting with call centeric customer support. $12 unlimited outgoing calls, $10 unlimited incoming calls, $4 fax line with pay per fax. Roughly adds up to $30 - $35 a month. Faxes and voicemails come in as emails and everything is kept on file line by line. Great setup for a small business for 10 people, just need one OBI 202 per two lines.

We only have 10 office workers, so we don't need anymore than three lines at once. Rarely do people talk on the phone anymore, mostly all business is don't via email. However, if you need one person per line, your company better have about 1MB of free upload and download speed per phone user, other wise the sound quality will be horrible. VOIP isn't for everyone.
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Yes but for less packet loss and less failure to receive faxes, I ended up wiring my connection. However, this is mainly only for sending physical scans as faxes as with call centric, they have a feature that allows you to receive incoming faxes as scanned PDF's via email rather than automatically printed sheets of paper.
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Callcentric is a solid company. For a business need, I would probably use a paid service over a free google voice or similar. If it is not for a free toll option, it's more for reliability and support. Someone to hold accountable. Also you wouldn't worry about use volume violating a ToS or something.
I'd say about twice a week my company of 10 people will have a dropped call during peak hours because our ISP temporarily disconnects and we lose our connection to call centric in New York. VOIP lines are so fragile with packet loss etc that troubleshooting them is a pain.
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On a main note, have any of you successfully set this up for fax?
Yes, able to send and receive with a dedicated DID fax. Can test it with free fax websites who will respond if they successfully receive your tax in a correct format so you can tell if you are on the right track.
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I'm confident that you've heard about google voice, do you not use it is it because it lacks features?

What about FreePBX? just some thoughts here.
Well I can't speak for the other guy, but I ended up porting my business line from AT&T to Vonage Business to save money--went from paying over $250ish to $125 and eventually down to $40/month after I dropped a few unnecessary extensions. The main reasons why I chose Vonage versus Google Voice was:

1) Direct porting from AT&T to Vonage versus having to first port my land numbers to a cell phone carrier and then porting to Google Voice (I had 5 or 6 numbers to port so this would have been a pain with a lot of potential downtime)
2) At the time I was porting back in 2013-2014, there was uncertainty whether Google Voice would still be supported by Obihai--that was alleviated at the end of 2014 but it was too late to change my mind.
3) The uncertainty of Google Voice and the lack of direct customer support meant a risky proposition to run my business through as I need to be available to my clients everyday. And while Google Voice has been fairly reliable, the problem stems with the fact that at the end of the day, I can call Vonage (or whomever) and get a human being on the phone who will have technicians or whatever to address my problem. With Google Voice, if Google suffers an outage there isn't a telephone number to call--you're limited to posting request on support forums and hoping the Google rep. doesn't say something to the effect that they don't support Obihai or does a cop out and say that using GV for business use is against their terms and services, blah blah blah.

With that being said, now that I've downsized and moved to working from my home office, I find the need for Vonage waning and am going to probably make the switch to GV. I've been satisfied using GV with an Obihai for home use and since I no longer need to port over 6 numbers (down to only porting 1 or 2), it's a lot more manageable to risk porting and the potential downtime. Furthermore, I'm finding that I'm pretty much working from the road now and having Vonage simply forward my calls, which is something GV can do just fine and for free.



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On a main note, have any of you successfully set this up for fax?
It works fine for faxing if you're using a paid VOIP carrier. However faxing through GV is problematic. You'll probably need to turn down faxing speeds to 14.4K or 9600 baud to get it to work (and there are reports of people still not getting it to work reliably being only able to send 2 pages at a time). Personally I hardly fax, but when I do fax, I need it to reach its designation on the first go and vice versa.

After a lot of research, I opted to port my fax number (used to be with Comcast faxing through a 4 in 1 printer) and switched to Nextiva vFax in their $4.95/month plan (if you pay annually) which gives you 500 incoming and outgoing faxes per month with each additional fax after that charged at 3 cents per page. However, when I called them up to sign up, the rep discounted me 1 month free and charged me $54 (so $4.50/month) for 12 months with the expectation that it would renew at that same price. The only cheaper plan is from SRFax which charges you $3/month if you pay annually, but you're limited to 25 faxes and they charge 10 cents per page. Since I get on average 25 pages of junk faxes a month, if I get at least 41+ pages a month, I'll be paying more than with vFax.

Anyway, I think unless you're getting telephone service bundled with your internet (and you can't opt out of it), it's probably cheaper to go with a cloud fax solution. If you still need the ability to fax out using a traditional fax machine, Nextiva sells a $150 fax bridge that allows you to still fax out with a traditional fax machine. Otherwise if you can scan all your documents and send them via email, cloud fax is the way to go.

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Is there a way to setup wireless fax? my all in one printer is a little far away from the router.
Thanks!
You can either get a wireless bridge that's configured to connect to your wifi, which you then plug the Obihai202 into. Or you can buy a special wireless adapter from Obihai [amazon.com] and program the Obihai202 to connect to your wifi router. Then plug the fax machine into the Obihai202 which is connected to your network via wifi. However in terms of faxing out, as mentioned in my above post, faxing via Google Voice is VERY unreliable. I would recommend instead to going with a cloud solution as mentioned above if you want a cheap fax solution.
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