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fronty 871 125 August 4, 2015 at 10:22 AM More Amazon Deals
I want to setup a voip service and I'm going to either go with Ooama or obi. I'm leaning toward Ooma.

My modem is setup in a back bedroom. There is no way for me to move it to another room. My main phone is in the middle of the house.


Ooma makes wireless devices to alleviate the problem of having your ethernet access in a different room as you Ooma device. One uses wifi and the other one uses bluetooth. Unfortunately, it seems like both get really bad reviews. There seems to always be connection issues.

I was thinking about using an ethernet bridge. Something likes this:

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-...net+bridge


Would this be a good option? My other option would be to just leave the Ooma device in the back bedroom and purchase the Ooma linx for the main phone (my phones are DECT). Do you have any other suggestions?
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Does the bedroom have a phone jack?

http://support.ooma.com/home/dist...one-jacks/
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either backfeed all the jacks or use cordless phones
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Does the bedroom have a phone jack?

http://support.ooma.com/home/dist...one-jacks/
Thanks.

I didn't know that the phone lines could be back fed like that. I would just need to disconnect it from the main service line.



I'm still on the fence about using the Ooma answering system. Do you think the bridge would be a viable option, if I want to put the Ooma Telo in the main part of my house?
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I would go with obi if you want free with google voice

ooma you have to pay taxs about $6 month,i wonder how much bandwith both use of you internet


just plug into your phone jack if your not using it for internet,just disconnect phone company wire at grey box outside,you could also run cable under carpet from modem to phone


http://bishoptec.com/2010/01/ooma...the-house/
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Thanks.

I didn't know that the phone lines could be back fed like that. I would just need to disconnect it from the main service line.



I'm still on the fence about using the Ooma answering system. Do you think the bridge would be a viable option, if I want to put the Ooma Telo in the main part of my house?

we are confused. The ooma box puts out a standard tel signal, so you can backfeed the whole house provided you disconnect it from the mains, but of course the ooma box needs to be near an existing jack or you need to wire one to it.
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Thanks.

I didn't know that the phone lines could be back fed like that. I would just need to disconnect it from the main service line.



I'm still on the fence about using the Ooma answering system. Do you think the bridge would be a viable option, if I want to put the Ooma Telo in the main part of my house?
It should work but more points for failure or loss of quality. Can you not just put your DECT phones base station in the room with the Ooma? Feeding the phone jacks is the best solution IMO. Not a big deal to disconnect the main.
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we are confused. The ooma box puts out a standard tel signal, so you can backfeed the whole house provided you disconnect it from the mains, but of course the ooma box needs to be near an existing jack or you need to wire one to it.
I'm still on the fence about putting the Ooma device in the main room, so I can use the answering system on the device. The Ooma device needs to be near the modem (wired), unless I do some type of wireless setup. Unfortunately, my wired internet connection is in a back room.
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It should work but more points for failure or loss of quality. Can you not just put your DECT phones base station in the room with the Ooma? Feeding the phone jacks is the best solution IMO. Not a big deal to disconnect the main.
I can. I just would have to walk back to the back room to check any messages. I'm going to try to back feed it like you suggested. I'll just use my answering machine on my DECT phone and set the timer on the Ooma, so it won't go to voicemail prior to my answering system picking up.
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I'm still on the fence about putting the Ooma device in the main room, so I can use the answering system on the device. The Ooma device needs to be near the modem (wired), unless I do some type of wireless setup. Unfortunately, my wired internet connection is in a back room.

my ooma box is in the basement with all the router/modem stuff. I never use the box as a VM box - it's FAR easier to use their app or go online and listen to VM's
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You can still use ooma's voicemail with the base out of sight. You'll get the standard chatter dial tone and phones with a message waiting indicator will show vm. You would dial something to access the voicemail possibly *98 or *123 I don't remember what it is for ooma. If you buy any ooma dect phones, you'll have other ways to access voicemail and listen while messages are being left this also allows for instant second line if you pay for premium.

Using your answering machine is fine too, but many leave some things to be desired. Most only require a 2 digit code which people rarely change to access messages remotely. Ooma voicemail will still pick up if you ignore a call waiting call.

Personally I'd just use ooma voicemail and access it through their app or website most of the time. Use the access number to listen on the phones when you want low tech.
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I used to backfeed my ooma hub into in-house wiring. The phone wire, like common ones, has two lines, the ooma phone line being one, and DSL signal to the modem being another. It worked quite well between 2010 and 2013 even when I switched to DECT phones.

After I switch to Verizon FIOS from DSL, the voice message checking on the phone base became a problem because of the inconvenient ooma box location. I just disabled it and use ooma's voice mail system and check the message by dialing my own number or through myooma page.
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