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This review is from: Ooma OOMATELO2 Free VoIP Home Service (Telo 2)
Pros: Very low cost land-line like VOIP service. Absolutely reliable except for during an extended power failure when my UPS battery was used up. It uses negligible bandwidth requirements on the internet connection -- hardly any data bandwidth up or down even during a call. Clean and brilliant sound at both ends of the call.
Cons: It is mandatory that you provide a high QUALITY internet connection with only modest speed requirements. Speed is not the issue here. Low ping rates, low jitter and no dropped packets are highly desirable.
If you slave this unit behind your router, you must use a router that can give the OOMA Telo the highest QOS priority. They prefer (naturally) that you slave your WiFi router to the OOMA Telo, and this works fine. The Telo is a basic wired router in it's own right. But the Ethernet connections on the Telo are only 100 Mbps, not Gigabit as my router and modem are. This is a potential bottleneck if your ISP service speed is high enough.
Other Thoughts: I can't talk about this $10 mandatory charge thing except that I never saw it -- I set it up in spring of 2015. I never accepted the "premier" service. I only pay about $5 a month for state and local taxes and fees and that's all I've ever paid monthly to OOMA. The one time $40 fee to transfer the phone number and the initial purchase price of the Telo device are the only other charges I've ever paid.
Sourceforge has an excellent speed-test to help you determine ISP service suitability for VOIP. This test consistently rates my MOS at 4.4 out of 5. The MOS rating is the most important rating here for VOIP service.
I expected to have teething pains, and I did. First, the ISP service, though plenty fast enough, wasn't up to VOIP quality. It took me some time, research and interfacing with Comcast Xfinity to get this right. But, in fairness, they did good work and it's fine now. I own my own Arris SB6183 cable modem and a quality ASUS 802.11ac router.
After the ISP was straightened out, I still had undesirable stuttering -- particularly detected by people we were talking to. One call to OOMA support, the guy ran some tests from his end, determined that he could make some parameter changes, and everything improved immeasurably.
After the OOMA service was good and stable, we transferred our old POTS service phone number to the OOMA service for $40 without any problem, and then canceled the POTS service entirely.
We save a lot of money every month. I'm pleased, and our OOMA is wife approved!
Pros: Flawless and easy upgrade from my two-year-old refurbished Arris SB6141 on home XFinity/Comcast service. The Walled Garden installation was very easy, and done in about 25 minutes.
During installation, Comcast upgraded the firmware to version D30CM-OSPREY-126.96.36.199-GA-01-NOSH. This version gives you control over the bright LED indicators.
All 16 channels down and 4 up are operating well in spec. Down channels are about 2 dBmV lower than the old modem and about 1 dB better SNR. I found this is consistent with other experiences on various forums. I've also seen a near elimination of corrected and uncorrectable blocks. IPV6 functions as it should.
Since both modems can serve my current Comcast speed tier, there is no measurable speed improvement yet. I do think my service is more consistent, though that could be my imagination.
Cons: The "wall-wort" is a little warm for my taste. It's rated for 12V @ 1A, and the one for the old modem was 12V @ .75A. Michael O.'s review from 9/21/2016 means I'll be keeping an eye on it.
The SB6183 itself is also a little warmer than the old modem, but it does have much better ventilation.
Other Thoughts: I've had good experience with Arris factory refurbished modems in the past. This product came packed in an Arris factory brown box, clearly describing the refurbished modem, with matching model, s/n and HFC MAC ID on the box. The modem was clean and had the removable clear protective "skin" on the faceplate. All of this inspires confidence. I think a 90 day warranty is good enough and worth the savings.
As always, Newegg shipped it quickly, and with "eggsaver" free shipping, I got it in a week. Throw in the $50 Black Friday price and I couldn't resist!
ex ovo omnia
This review is from: Cuisinart TOB100BW Compact Digital Toaster Oven Broiler
Pros: The oven works very well. There are settings that vary the upper and lower heating elements separately -- i.e. low heat upper with high heat lower, and many other combinations. There are three height positions. This oven does an excellent job at many different tasks. The cooking is excellent.
Cons: The buttons! I absolutely abhor the user interface! You must have the manual to figure out how to do anything more than toast. You can't even be sure it's on without seeing the heating elements glow. They pulled cheap on the buttons, indicators and translations, of course. What a darn shame!
But worst of all, you can bump it on! The biggest and most protruding button (the wide one on the bottom) is the so-called "start/stop" button and if you bump the oven anywhere in that area,.... You guessed it: it's heating up. So every time you put grocery bags on the counter....
Other Thoughts: The oven hardware is great. The software and user interface are poor. The button size and placement are scary.
My wife rarely uses it. She likes to leave it unplugged. 'Nuff said.