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[Merged] VOIP Providers in Canada

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I am thinking signing up to acanac. I need to buy a phone adapter router.

Their website has a link to a “Cisco SPA-2102 phone adapter with router” for about $70+tax.

I need a new wireless router, and will be going to Staples today.. is a “phone adapter” something that I can get from there too that will be cheaper/ just as effective?

I am new to voip stuff….I assume any phone adapter can be used with any Voip provider?
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mcewen wrote:
Dec 31st, 2010 2:41 pm
I need a new wireless router, and will be going to Staples today.. is a “phone adapter” something that I can get from there too that will be cheaper/ just as effective?
I don't think Staples carries ATAs (Analog Telephone Adapters). Computer retailers like NCIX are probably the cheapest source. Most people buy either the Cisco/Linksys SPA2102 or the PAP2T (http://ncix.com/products/?sku=21847&vpn ... ture=CISCO). The main difference is that the 2102 includes a "pass-through" router and hooks up directly to your modem to ensure that it can give the telephone voice traffic top priority, while the PAP2T doesn't have a router, and hooks up to your existing router (in which case it's best if your router has QoS capability to give priority to the ATA traffic).
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ok.. I just got back from staples.. picked up the Dlink rangebooster duel band DIR 628.
I was speaking to the company that sells the SPA2102, who said that particular model of ATA doesn't replace my need for a router.

is this true - because the previous message indicates that it is a router.... so if so.. why do I require the dlink (other than for wireless capability?)....

thanks..
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mcewen wrote:
Dec 31st, 2010 4:02 pm
I was speaking to the company that sells the SPA2102, who said that particular model of ATA doesn't replace my need for a router.is this true - because the previous message indicates that it is a router.... so if so.. why do I require the dlink (other than for wireless capability?)....
The router in the SPA2102 is a full router in terms of internal functionality, but it has only a single LAN port rather than a switch supporting 4 LAN ports as most routers have. That's because it's intended only as a pass-through router to go between your modem and your computer or existing router. In theory you could combine the SPA2102 with a 4-port ethernet switch and get the same functionality as a regular non-wireless router, but even then it's not really intended to be a high-performance router supporting multiple LAN ports directly.
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the main reason I want the router in the first place is security... I would rather have a hardware firewall than a software firewall....
the wireless aspect of my router is nice... but not a must. My main computer will be wired in as my understanding is it is faster.

edit: at this time my "main" computer is my only computer.... save my wireless printer and when my son comes over looking to use my wi-fi... I have no other need for wireless right now.
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HELP PLEASE!

I have the Dlink DIR 628 wireless rangebooster N router. Setup.... working great.

now I want to introduce the SPA2102 into the mix. Not working. put it in front of and behind the router... no change.

I have been reading that I should add my ATA address to my router DMZ (huh?) how?

any help is appreciated.
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There is a relatively new company called Talkit.ca that i recently signed up for. It is unlimited Canada calling for $59.99/year. No monthly fees. You have to purchase the ATA device in the first year which is $79.99. I was skeptical at first but they have a 30 day trial period which as a bit of a relief. I've been using it now for some time and have no complaints. Reliability is good and I'm saving huge money... I would recommend to anyone. www.talkit.ca
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jobin1 wrote:
Apr 15th, 2011 12:27 am
There is a relatively new company called Talkit.ca that i recently signed up for. It is unlimited Canada calling for $59.99/year. No monthly fees. You have to purchase the ATA device in the first year which is $79.99. I was skeptical at first but they have a 30 day trial period which as a bit of a relief. I've been using it now for some time and have no complaints. Reliability is good and I'm saving huge money... I would recommend to anyone. www.talkit.ca

Seeing as how you work for Talkit.ca I have a question. What type of ata do I get for $80 and is it locked to your service?
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mcewen wrote:
Jan 18th, 2011 1:12 am
HELP PLEASE!

I have the Dlink DIR 628 wireless rangebooster N router. Setup.... working great.

now I want to introduce the SPA2102 into the mix. Not working. put it in front of and behind the router... no change.

I have been reading that I should add my ATA address to my router DMZ (huh?) how?

any help is appreciated.

You need to be more specific when you say "not working".
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Dec 18, 2007
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Any other recommendations for VOIP Providers?
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Voip.ms and freephoneline seem to be a big hit around here.
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DefconZero wrote:
Jun 9th, 2011 8:18 pm
Voip.ms and freephoneline seem to be a big hit around here.
I would go with Voip.ms if they had an unlimited outgoing plan; unfortunately, they don't.

Freephoneline - Don't like the idea of paying $50 to bring my own ATA, and it's mostly a soft phone service, which I am not looking for.
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AsianXL wrote:
Jun 9th, 2011 8:46 pm
I would go with Voip.ms if they had an unlimited outgoing plan; unfortunately, they don't.
Each to his/her own, but I really don't get the fear of paygo when the rates are as low as 1/2 a cent per minute for Canada-wide calling.

We spend at least an hour/day on the phone, about 2/3 of that is outgoing calls to Canada-wide, US and UK. Our monthly bill rarely exceeds $10, so what's so scary about that?
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