Category: "WiFi"

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08/21/06

  09:30:47 pm, by The Dreamer   , 100 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi

DPH-540 Talk Time

Well, just had my first long-ish phone call...it was actually short at only 21 minutes. The battery guage is one line from empty.

But, since cell reception at work went from non-existent to full-5 bars....I guess I don't the WiFi phone for that, in fact I'm wondering if I still need it at all.

Especially since, I'll be doing less travel in the near future because of those darn terrorists. >:-(

Meanwhile, because my cell works at work now....I guess I should call T-Mobile and see about getting a local number. :o

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08/14/06

  06:45:40 pm, by The Dreamer   , 113 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

More issues with DPH-540

Found some more issues I have with this phone.

Seems that closing the phone doesn't mean hang up like other flip phones that I have used, so have to make sure I press end when I'm done.... :roll:

And, it doesn't have speakerphone function....something all my other phones can do. :`(

Also, found an oddity....I wanted to look at its settings via its web interface, but it kept saying locked by SIP provider setup. Which didn't make any sense, since I own the device and I'm using Broadvoice's BYOD plan.

Turned out that because the phone hadn't been left at 'home' state (it was showing the Phonebook screen) that it was 'locked'. :?

08/12/06

  09:50:08 am, by The Dreamer   , 283 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, WiFi

Where am I at with the DPH-540?

This morning, my DPH-540 was off and wouldn't turn on. Forgot to plug it in last night to recharge. Guess battery life on it can't be anything like what I get with my cellphone, etc.

Guess this is something you have to live with it being WiFi and having to being active all the time (yet it isn't, otherwise, I wouldn't be having my other issues with it).

Last night I was on a call with Discover, activating my new card. I felt the call quality was excellent, etc. Though I was just pacing around my living room where the AP is. And, my network was pretty idle, etc. Though the QoS is usually pretty good on my router (actually it isn't, when I'm on the phone, everything else slows to a crawl....and I can see on my bandwidth graph that it pretty much because just the phone call using bandwidth....~90k each way out of the 4M/512k that I could be doing....usually the upstream is saturated, but its summer and IVS traffic has been light).

Anyways, an extra battery and an external charger sure would be handy now. I have it as a standard accessory with all my cellphones....even though my current one can do about 2-3 days. I did a two night trip where I didn't bring the external charger and didn't have my computer USB cable....it died on the way home from the trip. More recent trips, I only bring the USB cable...use my heavy laptop as a super expensive phone charger. :))

Actually, given the short battery life...they probably could've made it easier to access the USB port on the bottom of the phone....

08/10/06

  11:04:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 241 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Fourth Day with DPH-540

Well, once again (at work) I flipped own the phone and it read 'no service'. It showed the progress of acquiring an IP and trying to register. Once again it failed, and I had to reboot the phone.

This lack of automatic reacquistion of network and auto registration is going to be annoying.

My home WiFi network is pretty stable, except for the weekly reboot. But, the WiFi network on campus can be unpredictable.

Meanwhile, I looked over at the Broadvoice site, and found they now have configuration information for the DPH-541 version 1 (I wonder what that means....perhaps its just the future firmware upgrade that the D-Link product page mentions, due this month).

There were some slight differences in my guess on setup to what they give as parameters. The best, is that they give the names of all their proxy servers...and suggest that I ping all of them and pick the best.

So, I tried pinging them from my work computer and my home computer, and found that proxy.chi.broadvoice.com seems to be the best choice for me. Of course, there's not much difference...since the campus network's kanren uses Cox as well.

Sure hope D-Link can work out all the kinks in the phone...and via firmware updates. I think I'll keep an eye out for a cellphone holster this weekend....though I'd like to know where I can get a new battery for it.

08/09/06

  04:43:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 218 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Third Day with DPH-540

I thought this day was going better than yesterday, in that while I paused while registering on the campus network....and was unresponsive....it eventually did register and work again.

But, seems that at 11:29 it locked up....because that's all it would show/do when I looked at it just a few minutes ago. XX(

This, required me to pry the now fragile battery out of the creeky case to reboot it.

Before I put the battery back in, I shaved off two of the lugs at the top of the battery...it still fits snug enough, but at least now it pry out much easier.

Meanwhile, I didn't mention the other issues I had with it last night. Namely it doesn't automatically roam between the WiFi networks of work and home. Have to open the phone, to wake it up to its need to rediscover the network change.

And, it apparently doesn't do VMWI...so I have no way of telling if there's voicemail. The Email function in it requires me to navigate to the Email menu and tell it to check. :?

I wonder if the Broadvoice provided WiFi phone is better or worse?

Pretty much at this point...I'm staying with Broadvoice (since its my local number, and it likely isn't portable...) and I want WiFi. :>>

08/08/06

  08:03:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 264 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Second Day with DPH-540

Isn't going so well....first I had trouble connecting to campus network, went through my settings and realized that I had gotten the WEP settings wrong. I was kind of guessing from memory from home, but it was a kind of silly mistake. :oops:

But, then my phone locked up on "Acquiring Network IP". And, it was totally unresponsive. Meaning my only recourse would be to remove the battery....right?

Easier said than done. D-Link made it so it was impossible to remove the battery without either destroying the battery and/or the phone. I had to find something to pry the battery out with, and the flimsy case of both...there was a lot of creaking and the battery ended up splitting before it would come out.

Does raise the question that in addition to wanting to get a belt holster for the phone, are their going to be spare batteries for it?

Anyways, once I got the battery out and back in.... for which I hesitated, because I would really thought about altering it so that future removals wouldn't be so difficult. Unfortunately, to carry it to work this morning...it displaced my leatherman. The one time where I really needed to have it, I didn't. >:-(

....anyways....once the battery was back in...it promptly established service and I'm back in business. I did a quick outgoing call to my cellphone (where I have no service here) and listened to my voicemail greeting. Wonder who'll I'll call first with it from here.

Actually, I wonder who I'll call first from anywhere....:lalala:

08/07/06

  09:23:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 363 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

I got it....a DPH-540

With no great surprise, I bought myself a D-Link DPH-540 WiFi VoIP phone. I picked it up from the post office today. And, when I got home from work...the first thing (well, almost....first I washed the sweat off of me, and then I made a required phone call to my parents....) I did was signup with BroadVoice.com.

It wasn't so much that this was a VoIP provider that would work with the D-Link, but in prior research I found that they were one of the few that offered Manhattan, KS local phone numbers. The fact that they have a BYOD plan was the icing. &#59;D

Overall, the setup went pretty smoothly.

The first obstacle, was that it wouldn't register with my WiFi network and get an IP. That turned out to be my fault :oops: I had forgotten to add its MAC address to my WiFi AP, to allow it to connect.

The second obstacle was a little bit harder to solve. And, required use of some reading and other diagnostics. Broadvoice had given the name of its 'proxy_ip' as "proxy-nyc.broadvoice.com". Some investigation reveiled that it didn't exist. And, further investigation eventually led to the discovery that it should've been "proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com". Though it appears there are other proxies available, I wonder why this one. Guess its a question of whether network-wise if proxy.chi.broadvoice.com is closer or not than proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com. Wonder what other proxies they have, and whether they would matter as I roam with my phone.

The final problem seems to be with voicemail. I set up custom greetings, but so far it is greeting me with the system default one. I don't like it....though I suppose it would be obvious to a caller whether I'm busy or wasn't available to answer, without the default system greeting telling them this.

Next thing is to see how it works on the Campus WiFi network....which is largely the reason for a WiFi VoIP device. Wonder what the fate of my cellphone will be. :??:

Actually, the next thing will be to find a case to wear the phone around....

07/19/06

  07:04:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 317 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, WiFi

D-Link DPH-540 Wi-Fi Phone

Link: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=485

I've been toying with getting a WiFi VoIP phone for some time....especially since I can't get cell service down in the basement where I work.

Meanwhile, there is also an issue where I can't get local numbers from the VoIP carriers that I belong to. So, I've been thinking of jumping ship.

The only hard part is my existing phone numbers. Some I would like to keep, others I'm less concerned about.

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06/30/06

  11:27:07 am, by The Dreamer   , 108 words  
Categories: General, Time Warner/Cox Cable, Wireless/iPhone, WiFi

I've been cutoff!

In Time Warner's usual high efficiency...the service tech showed up well in advanced of the scheduled window. He left with all my rented equipment, including my cable modem. So, I have no more Internet or Telephone service at home (well, I have my phone....and for some reason the only calls have been Unknown numbers violating DoNotCall....:##)

So, how am I posting this.

Well, I could cable up to my cellphone and get online this way....but I'm not currently doing this.

What I'm doing is taking advantage of the clutter (2.4GHz spectrum) and using somebody else's open WiFi access :lalala:

Anyways...off to find more boxes.

06/24/06

  10:25:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 2145 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Software, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi, AppleTV, PDA

SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2GB) w/U3

Yesterday I bought one of these from Best Buy. I had been on the fence for getting one for a while, since floppy drives are starting to get scare and CDs aren't practical. And, there'll be times where using the Internet be an option, either.

But, it came down to size for price and convenience. I have an iPod Shuffle, and I do have most of it set aside for space...but I never actually use it for data, because it isn't all that practical. I don't like the music part of it that much and having to deal with a cap that I can lose reduces my desire to actually carry it around.

During my recent trip, I got to thinking that there should be some way to better synchronize the data for RoboForm between my computers. And, read about GoodSync and later the Pass2Go product. Seemed the way to go with this might be a USB Flash Key, and possibly one with U3. Even though U3 isn't Mac, but then RoboForm isn't available for the Mac yet and I don't currently own one yet. But, I'm contemplating one to replace my old laptop....inaddition to the HTmac, I've been talking about building

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