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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Working Great So Far
Pros: Official Google Voice Support
Quick Setup
Cons: Adding the 911 service from Anveo unfortunately uses up the 2nd SIP slot.
Reviewed By:Tom C.,1/24/2015 7:07:29 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Awesome VoIP box
Pros: Very clear voice signal, compatible with numerous VoIP carriers, stable, reliable and easy to configure.
Cons: N/A
Other Thoughts: I noticed right off that the NTP server works right out of the box and the Digimap "dial plan" will accept your local area code with ease. Unlike numerous Linksys devices that I've used over the years that were always plagued with not keeping the correct time and not being persistent with local area codes. I set the Seattle 206 area code and started making local calls that sounds like land line quality while connected to a Panasonic cordless phone. Sounds very clear. The menu screens are good. You can track calls via call logs. I'm very impressed with this device running Callcentric.
Reviewed By:Carl C.,1/22/2015 10:43:31 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > VoIP > ooma > Ooma OOMATELO2 Free VoIP Home Service (Telo 2)

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Magic Jack < Ooma < Telco
Pros: - It varies by where you live, but for me the monthly fee will be about $4 for unlimited local and domestic US long distance.
- The hardware is nice, very good quality feel to it.
- Phone number port completed as scheduled after 12 days and it works. Had to call (e-chat) Ooma support to get my outgoing caller ID set to my ported number.
- Seems to be very robust in recovering from disconnects (me or cable guy disconnecting things, messing with router, wires, etc.) A lot of consumer electronics network devices seem to need occasional reboots / power-cylces but the Ooma seems to take care of itself well. I have had Ooma behind one and two routers as well as connected directly to cable modem and my experience has been that if a PC could find its way to the Internet through my network configuration, then Ooma will.
- Ooma Support seems responsive and capable though I never hit them with any really hard problems ("Pro" also because I didn't have any really hard problems).
Cons: - Obviously any VOIP or other Internet service will be at the mercy of your Internet connection. Ooma recommends 384Kbps upstream for a quality phone call. I paid for "up to" 2Mbps up and 20Mbps down, and typically achieved (measured by the common utilities) nearly 2Mb up and 5Mb - 10Mb down. The quality for the person on the other end was not always that great. One friend I talk to frequently complained of dropouts and delays, other thought it sounded good. Of course it gets worse if other household devices are competing for bandwidth. I have a pretty high-end router with QoS configured and the results are good but it took a little effort. I have also tried Ooma's recommended configuration with their device in front of the router and managing QoS. My friend said this was the worst sounding test ever. From my end of the line, the other party usually sounds good to great, but better downstream speeds account for this. After a couple weeks of testing I upgraded my ISP plan to 30Mbps down, 5Mbps up so I would have enough bandwidth to do other things while talking on Ooma. Seems to be working well. Call quality seems excellent now. Probably could have lived without the upgrade but Ooma gave me an excuse to do it. I'm listing this as a "Con" since I sort of had to spend money for more bandwidth. Even though I didn't absolutely *have* to, it made it work better. I'm sure others have similar marginal ISPs like mine.
- In my opinion, $40 to port your phone number is excessive.
- My cable company disconnected my phone service early and when I called they said the ball was in Ooma's court. Ooma said it was the cable company's fault. This finger pointing was not a surprise but was useless and aggravating and my old phone number went nowhere for about 71 hours. My Ooma temp number was functional during this time.
- In dealing with my phone number port, Ooma Support seemed to want to get rid of me as quickly as possible regardless of whether the problem was resolved. When using Chat, they clearly did not read what I had typed because they asked for information that I had already provided. This did not give me a good feeling about their support organization, BUT their Support people were ultimately correct and the port was completed as planned.
Other Thoughts: - Upon Ooma's initial Internet connection, a firmware update is performed automatically. Mine seemed to go through at least two download & reboot cycles and took longer than I expected, over 30 minutes to get Ready status. I had my doubts for a while but I let it do its thing and ultimately it came out working.
- They will waive the $40 port fee if you buy 12 months of their Premier service for $10 per month. I do not want to get hooked into that plan because the whole purpose of this change was to save money. Their Premier service does offer some nice features that make it tempting.
- If I call myself from my cell phone and talk to myself, noticeable delay is heard, but it doesn't seem too disruptive to real conversations. I have read online that all Ooma's servers are on the west coast and the delay gets worse the farther away you get. I don't know if this is even relevant considering the structure of the Internet, which I know little about.
- I suspect Ooma would be great given the right ISP. Mine is notoriously bad, however, I do believe their service meets the fairly modest requirements that Ooma has documented. So far my experience has not been BAD, just not as good as I'd hoped. I think my original ISP bandwidth tier should have been good enough (if the ISP was up to snuff) but after my upgrade at least the additional bandwidth will benefit me in other ways.
- At first I wasn't sure if I would keep Ooma but I'm feeling pretty positive about it now. I have never heard a Magic Jack but my preconception, based on ads and other people's past comments lead me to expect performance similar to what the Ooma delivers and I expected Ooma to be as good as a telco landline or the VOIP phone from my cable company. It isn't. I think I am a victim of marketing. I have also been changing routers and other networking devices at the same time, so some additional tweaks may be needed.
- It may be a step up from a Magic Jack but it is not as good as a "real" phone company or my ISP's VOIP service. Very close though. For me, I think the small tradeoff will be well worth the savings.
- Note: I bought an Ooma refurb unit to save a few bucks and it didn't seem to hurt me any.
- If my review sounds a little inconsistent it's because I wrote it over a period of weeks and my opinion gradually became more positive.
- If you have a good ISP I would not hesitate to try Ooma. If you hate your ISP as I do, it can still work out OK with a little effort, knock-on-wood.
- I would recommend a cell phone as a backup for Ooma as I would with any VOIP phone service, even the one from your ISP.
Reviewed By:Marty,1/20/2015 10:13:36 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI302 VoIP Telephone Adapter with 2-Phone Ports, Router & USB

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Works Perfectly
Pros: Just works! It works 100% with Google Voice
and another SIP VOIP service. Easy to set up.
I have 2 different phones connected and have
had perfect experience for almost 2 years.
Cost-effective replacement for the landline.
Cons: none
Other Thoughts: You will not be disappointed.
Reviewed By:dj,1/19/2015 2:13:45 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Bad customer support
Pros: Great when works.
Cons: when issue with obihai, there are almost nonexistant support (they provide info from website, and not willing to look into issue.
Other Thoughts: This is reply I got from them, they did not even tried to help fix problem: "it appears the OBi can’t work in your phone handset, then there is really no solution (because getting another OBi will behave the same way), and we recommend that you return the unit to the retailer that you bought it from for a refund".
Google voice work and forwards to obihai box, but box would not ring the phone (voltage settings on max), and there will be long tone over our conversation when you answer (should not be any). Obihai said there are no other settings to change. This seem like hardware problem, but obihai does not want to look into this. Another great solution from them: "Have you tried using a cordless phone handset, instead of corded phone?" - yes I have tried 2 different cordless phones.
Reviewed By:N/A,1/17/2015 1:16:31 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 No wonder it's on sale!!
Pros: small; last one worked.
Cons: Does not work. Multiple resets, reconfigurations etc have resulted in the loss of 4 hours billable time and a general
understanding that this company's products vary widely in quality.
Other Thoughts: Poor quality support. Evidently they are on a version of google voice that went away some time ago. My first Obihai100 unit worked out of the box. My second won't work at all, the 3rd one is still in the box - ANYBODY WANT A GOOD DEAL???
Reviewed By:pythagoras,1/17/2015 7:55:47 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Small, fast does the job right
Pros: A box that does what it is supposed to do. Easy access to config via web page, works with google voice , can be configured with 4 different accounts. Voice quality is great, it uses a plethora of codecs but keep in mind that I have an internet connection of 20Mbs down and 10 Mbs up. Yesterday I received an email from obihai to inform me that the Obi 200 can now be used with an alarm system.
Cons: First one was dead as a door knob, the RMA was easy but it added 10$ to the cost as I paid for the return shipping. Fast RMA took 4 days to have the new one delivered to me. No emergency calls with this device but I knew that before buying. You can find a Sip provider that could offer that for some extra $.
Other Thoughts: I might have had some bad luck with the first one, but the second one works well and does the job splendidly.
Reviewed By:AP,1/16/2015 9:52:56 PM
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Worked well for almost 2 years, starting to see issues
Pros: Great value for what you get. A simple ATA adapter to cut your existing traditional phone line and go completely IP. I use the OBi with Voip.MS and Google Voice, and this configuration worked flawlessly for about a year and a half.
Cons: Need technical knowledge to get it setup. Worked well for the price, but lots of issues now. Lately, over the past few months, I have noticed a lot of dropped calls on both the voip.ms account and google voice account. After some troubleshooting, I have more or less come to the conclusion that the adapter is faulty and is acting up. Unfortunately I think I am out of the warranty period so I am not sure what I can do :(
Other Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this setup to a friend, however, I would go with a better model. The OBi100 has held its price for the last 2 years, and with today's technology, you are better off spending a bit more and getting the newer models so you have more functionality and support. However, if you are on a budget, get the OBi100, setup google voice, and enjoy free calling to US/Canada!
Reviewed By:Nick,1/15/2015 8:00:45 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 It works
Pros: Works as advertised... love it
Cons: setup was a bit tricky but I was done in 1 hour.
Reviewed By:N/A,1/14/2015 6:18:33 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > VoIP > Obihai Technology, Inc. > Obihai OBI100 VoIP Telephone Adapter with Google Voice & SIP

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Just the Bomb
Pros: Excellent sound quality and FREE with Google voice. Makes your Broadband connection pay for itself!!
Cons: Only con is that on occasion, as in rarely, you have to reset the device and its a bit of a pain
Other Thoughts: Seriously, this device is a no brainier. I really don't even need a cell phone. The call quality is crystal clear.. Very Pleased!!
Reviewed By:Liddle Johhny,1/13/2015 9:41:16 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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