Summary: Not a review... I need a question answered if anyone's got the savvy. Is *this* the solution for using your VOIP account in a hotel room where there's only one supplied ethernet port and you'd like to be able to use your computer and your phone at the same time?
Summary: Once setup, its a no worry device you just leave on. The voice quality is great and there's a lot to customize. One problem is you can't rely on this as a router if your connection speed is faster than 18-19mbps because that's the most speed that will come out of the router port.
Pros: Reliable, great voice quality
Cons: Could have been nice if there were a detailed user manual. Router feature works horribly
Summary: This is a nice, small ATA that gets the job done for home use. It's all you need to drop your telco (Shaw/Telus/Bell/etc) and use VOIP. For fifty bucks in hardware I was able to drop my phone service from $30/mo down to $0.99/mo (plus usage) with voip.ms, but any VOIP provider will work and will usually provide you exact configuration instructions for your ATA. This is definitely a cheap, residential/SOHO ATA, so don't expect a lot in the way of advanced VOIP features.
Pros: Small form factor, very stable
Cons: Admin control panel lets you break things very easily - not for beginners
Nice ATA for folks that are STUCK on analog phones :)
Steve B., Newegg
25 September 2013
Pros: Works in BRIDGE mode! Not a pain like the SPA2101. Easy configuration via browser. easy firmware updates. Definately flash the latest when you get it as mine was very old like V1.0 or the like firmware level. Fair price and let me repurpose my analog phones where it is difficult or undesirable to run Ethernet for a voip phone.
Cons: Some audio when used with Asterisk sounds distorted. But only on the IVR or Asterisk prompts voices. Normal conversations are FINE.
Cons: CISCO will not provide support to small business users unless you call Monday - Friday during normal business hours. Evenings and weekends they do not offer small business support and unless you have a paid account. Poor documentation there is ton of information to wade through but no where do they tell you the essential information you need to get the thing working.
Pros: Config utility has ability to save file and restore. Great if you need to roll back. (Just don't forget your password if you change it like I did :) ) With built-in router, you can set up LAN IP inside gateway router to easily reach config page.
Cons: Firmware most likely will need upgrade on delivery. Must be done in steps to get latest... ck Cisco readme faq. Cisco site is a bear to navigate! Look for this device under Small Business Comm. I recommend upgrade to latest fw before provisioning. (Most ITSPs will not do this... u gotta do it.)
Summary: good ata, works well with FPL type services. built in router is kinda pointless, and make sure you manually set the DNS when in bridge mode or it wont connect/register. overall, does the job well.
Pros: decent price on sale, built in router, 2 phone ports
Cons: caller id does not work with some Panasonic phones. call waiting does not work. web config utility not fully accessible in FF. "Quick Start Guide" seems to be inaccurate/incomplete with regard to access. My own particular device appears to be defective---unable to navigate config tree: constantly challenged for password which then returns browser to quick start menu.