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This review is from: Obihai OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter with Router – Google Voice, SIP & T.38 Fax Support
Pros: Saves money. Since you can use google voice on this device, you can have pretty much unlimited free phone service with just an internet connection. You can also sign up for things like phone power to get the extra features, like 911 service, call ID with name (you only get the call id with just the number on GV). The phone quality is very good and I have had no problems with sound quality, delays or echos when talking on this. You can use regular phones, so no need for special phones. There is distinctive ringing, so if you have multiple providers and numbers, you can set each one up to ring in a different way so you know which number they are calling from.
I use GV and phone power in conjunction on this, and each one to a separate line going out. Phone port 1 and 2 respectively. doing this, I get 2 lines to use, but have them both ring in so I can answer on either phone port. also, using obi devices, you can get huge discounts on VOIP service providers. I get unlimited phone use though PP for only 60 a year. That is 5 dollars a month. and that is with taxes. Other plans are even cheaper. It makes a great way to save money. If you are fine with just one line, just go with GV and use their free phone service. then you pay nothing a year for regular calls. I like duel lines, so that is why I went with both providers. It is very easy to setup.
Cons: When trying to open ports, it does not work right. I have my setup like this. Cable modem - obi202 - switch - computers. My one desktop, I have Utorrent on. I tried opening a port on the obi to to allow uploads, and no matter what I tried or did, I could not get a port open. I have tried every combination, and feature that i could think of, and still could not get a port to open. i had no problems with my last VOIP adapter set up, in the same way. But this one is a no go on this feature.
When I tried switching my computer back to DHCP from a static IP, I had to pull the power plug to clear the memory to get my computer back on the net. I tried refreshing network settings and more, but the device would not release the info from the static IP until I unplugged it. and yes, I tried the reboot feature. It did not help.. Other then that, the router feature works fine. A easy way around this problem is to just use a regular router instead of using this as a router. Just know that they do update software on this device, and by default, it is set to automatically update it when a new version of the software comes out. So, they may fix this problem in the future. Also, this is a VOIP box, not a true full blown router like you get at the store, so minor things in the router setup are to be expected. They do make a wireless adapter to use with this, to make it a wireless router too. But, I did not buy the dongle or adapter to make it wireless, so I can say nothing about that part of it.
Other Thoughts: I have had the device for 4 or 5 months, and other then the network port problem, i have not had any real problems with it. this device does have a lot of good features though. you can set it up, so if say, you have 2 providers.. GV and phone power.. you can set it up so GV goes to phone port one, and PP goes to phone port 2, so only the phones hooked up to that port will ring. You can do the same, but going out too. This is nice, because if you need 2 lines, you can have one provider for each port, so you can have 2 calls going at the same time, with just one device.
One bad thing, which i only partly bad, is if you plan on using GV (google voice) with this adapter, you much have a Gmail account to hook it up. Even though it is not stated you need one, i have tried setting it up using other email accounts, and GV would not setup and work until i used a gmail account. This, i do not believe is a problem with other providers, on GV. But considering it is free, that is a minor complaint.
If you are planning on using GV, and want to port your number, there are a few things your should know. GV only accepts cell phone numbers when porting. if you have a VOIP service, or a land line, you can not port your number over to GV. A way around this is to get a prepaid phone, port your number to the prepaid cell, then port your number from the cell over to GV. If you are going to have a secondary provider, like phone power, for 911 and the other extra's with using them, you can port pretty much any number to them.
Overall, i have no real complaints. I love my device and the service with it. I just wish that i heard about this device years ago. I am happy enough with it, that I am thinking about getting another one for a friend. If you are thinking about getting one of these devices, and plan on using GV, just know that not all obi devices are GV compatible. Only the 100 and 200 are GV compatible. The 300 series are not GV compatible.
so yes, i do recommend it, I do like it, and am very happy with it.
Pros: easy to set up. good signal strength, excellent service for the few days it actually worked.
Cons: just about everything else.
Other Thoughts: I have had the wireless router for only about a week. and it has already started giving me major problems. I am not hard on them, nor do I max them out. I have it in a open space all around it, and only use it for general web browsing, some facebook and their games, a few video's, and netflix. We have a 20 meg down connection and do not do file sharing in the house, so there is no way that we do anything that would strain it in any way. The room that it is in is about 65 degrees, so the room being too hot is out of the question too.
but after only a week, it is lagging so bad that with only netflix being streamed off of it, it can not keep up. also, we only really do any use of the wireless router in the evenings, as in, at times, nothing is turned on to use anything wireless until any where from 7 to 9 pm at night.
I have tried everything from doing tracert's, which are timing out, to rebooting the device, which I should not need to do after only a week, but tried anyways, to different cords, ports, etc. nothing helps except not using it for a while, then it will work for a time, then back to major lag. wired connections straight to my switch have no problems, and switching ports for the wireless did not work either. Nor did doing a firmware upgrade help any either.
I can not say as to if it gets hot or not as it is set on the top shelf of my computer desk, about 6-7 feet off of the ground, so it is not easy to grab it to check if it is getting hot. But the fact is, after only a week, it should not be already having major problems. but then again, what do you expect from china made junk.
On a side note, I gave this one a try due to the fact that I had a different older model of theirs that lasted a few years with no problems, so I figured I would give them a try again. My older model was a N 150 wireless router, and was starting to do the same thing this one is doing, but the difference, it was a few years old, this one, a week.
All I can say is if this next one does not hold up at all, this will be my last purchase from TP-Link
I gave it 2 stars because when it did work, it did have good signal strength, plus, it was very easy to setup and use. if not for those things, it would have gotten a one star. the only real positive note to this purchase. Newegg is excellent at returning merchandise. guess I will be hooking up the old wireless router until I get the replacement. That one still works better then this new one.
This review is from: American Bright 7 Watt LED Light bulb, Dimmable, 5 pack
Pros: LED, low energy usage, but not the lowest
Cons: I did not try. Read the other thoughts on why, and what I sent as an email to them.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to find some info about the bulbs, so I went to their web site to find out. I loaded up the page about the bulbs, and looked at the pages info, then loaded up the data sheet that they had linked to that bulb, and you know what, they gave 2 completely different data info descriptions on the same bulb. So I went email them, put the mouse over the contact, and instantly a drop down menu appeared, but what it had in the list was only one thing. Tracking. No listing on how to contact them. I bumped the button when the pointer was over the contact title, and found out that was how you got to their email and phone contact page. It was almost like they hid it on purpose. If they are hiding this kind of info from the beginning, and the info on the same bulb that they give does not match up, and you can not find anywhere that tells where their stuff is made, I, personally, dont feel like they are going to be a very reputable company to do business with. So obviously I did not purchase this product, but I wanted to make sure everyone was warned about how they overlook so much. and this was the only thing I looked at too, so who knows how much other info is wrong, or hidden on their pages too. You can try them if you want, but I thought everyone had the right to know this much before they did. that is the only reason I am writing this. below is the email I sent to them, just in case you wanted to read it.
I came on to try and find some basic information. What I was looking for was to see where your bulbs were made. With a name like american bright, I wanted to see if your bulbs were made, here in america.. Instead, what I got was no answer, and what is worse, your info about the A19 bulbs does not even match up with other info in your page. For the 7w LED A19 bulb, on the page it states 470 lumens, 2700 color, 180 degree angle, yet your data sheet says 500 lumens, 3000 color, 270 degree angle of light. and on the same bulb. then to make matters worse, when I tried to find to send you an email to ask about it, I only found this link by accident because when I high-lighted the contact name, a list only came up for tracking. It is almost as if you wanted you contact info hidden from the public. there should be 2 listings under contact, one for tracking, and one to contact you, because a lot of people would not think to click on the contact name if a drop down list appears. Im not looking for any kind of response, but I just wanted you to know just how bad this company actually looks. So no need to respond. and I will be leaving a response on newegg to let others know so they at least know what kind of quality control your company has, after all, if there is this bad of screw ups just on your info, and web pages set up this bad, the quality of your products cant be much better.