On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:21:06 -0600, Ignoramus27667
That Obama, he gonna pay my rent for me and get me free cable!
_Please_ tell me you were joking, Ig.
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the
necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
-- Raoul Vaneigem
Didn't see my solution mentioned and it works for me.
I use efax.com with their fax number. All incoming faxes go to them
and then come in on email. No more dedicated phone line.
We send outgoing faxes through a printer and modem. I think you can
send faxes with efax.com also, but I don't see the need unless you
send so many that it ties up your phone lines.
I send faxes by email. If I need to send a fax to 666-555-1212, I send
it to email@example.com.
I registered both my email addresses with them, so when they get these
emails, they send it on my behalf.
I do not know of a cure, but we switched to VOIP from Comcast (I know, but
it was the only provider) and, other than initial line problems related to
a Comcast lack of actually surveying the site, we have not had any problems
with fax on the lines. We have only a two voice line rollover and a single
fax line, but I have no reason to assume that if we upped the number of
voice lines that it would make a difference. IMHO it remains a crap shoot
regarding line quality and service as I think that all the phone and
network companies deservie the seventh level of hell and the results you
get are primarily based the phase of the moon when they do the install, but
we are saving almost 50% over the POTS setup we had and have access to
additional services that would have been extra on the old system.
I want to go cable, I like the idea of 12mb internet AND the cost
savings. In addition, we'd get free analog TV...not that I'd watch it
but it might be nice in the employee break room. (The girls could keep
up with their stories.)
But you still need to keep One or Two Analog POTS (Plain Old Telephone
Service) lines that come straight from Ye Olde Phone Company on copper
cables. Because it's no-nonsense 99.9999% reliable - that's downtime
measured in seconds per year.
Try calling 911 on the VOIP with the power out, and it probably is not
going through. The POTS line, you pick it up and you'll get that same
boring old Dial Tone damn near every time.
You want to do the same thing that the Phone Company does - except
they have an emergency line coming in from ANOTHER neighboring central
office, so if their switch ever did go down that hard...
Hang a red single-line telephone on the wall, or a desk set on a
little shelf in the hall with the loudest "wake the dead" gong ringer
you can find. And the employees and spouses know the Emergency Number
- and if you call it, it better be a real emergency.
That's the phone line (that still works) you call out on to ream the
Cable Company a new one when the main service goes down again. As
you'll find out, there's no FCC Mandate for reliable service on Cable
VOIP or other transmission methods than POTS.
If the Cable Co. loses power to one amplifier anywhere on the path
back to the head-end (or all of them when the entire town goes down)
the backup battery there (totally optional, BTW) might last an hour
and then they are going down hard till someone finds and fixes the
You might want a separate second analog line for the Burglar and Fire
Alarm systems to call out on, and that can double as your Fax line.
--<< Bruce >>--
For a proper CYA move, you have one Analog POTS line for the alarm
dialer, and set up a radio system as the alternate - there are several
solutions out there, either a dedicated "trunked radio" style system
like AlarmNet, or a GSM or LTE Data solution from several different
Cellco carriers. And it will make your insurance company a LOT
happier that there's a second system backup.
An alarm system triggering off is really a series of SMS messages -
you need maybe two dozen bytes per "call" to the Central Station - the
three to six digit Account Number, a two or three digit code for each
zone and one digit to represent tripped or reset.
This is why the original data formats for old alarm receivers are
around 110-Baud yet still plenty fast enough - at those speeds they
are rock solid reliable, rarely needs a re-send...
And that phone line can be shared as a fax line, the Alarm will seize
the line if it wants to call out. Unless the Alarm Company wants the
ability to dial into the panel for remote programming access - but
they can do that over the Internet too, and far easier.
--<< Bruce >>--
My parents had VOIP through Brighthouse, and had nothing but
trouble. If the local node has too many users, there are dead times.
Movies on demand get priority, then the broadband users most of what's
left. They kept increasing the Broadband bandwidth, without upgrading
the equipment. My internet radio drops WSM for minutes at a time, and I
have to log back into Giganews fairly often, but they insist the
problems are all on my end. Their analog TV channels are all screwed
up, as well.
You can't have a sense of humor, if you have no sense.
If we lose phones it is typically a total power failure and having phones
without computers (or lights) doesn't do a lot for us. For emergencies we
would use cell phones so paying for a POTS line (and having a separate
account with another vendor) is not justified in our case.
Having made the switch from Verizon to Comcast, our experience has been
much better in terms of reliability. Now god knows that I would never
defend Comcast as they have demonstrated time and again how much they
truly value customers (as in not at all) but in this case I think that
the fact that Verizon was not willing to invest into updating
infrastructure from what appears to be a 1970s vintage installation and
Comcast had to run new cable to get to the facility is the difference in
our case. As a said in my first message, it appears to be a crap shoot
and neither is a sure thing. (jeez, the Vegas analogies just keep
rolling, where is Steve when you need him) it just happened that in our
specific situation it worked out for us.
My emergency backup is Virgin Mobile's prepaid Broadband2Go, which is as
reliable as Sprint cell service (ymmv). Storms that take out the power
usually cut my POTS connection too.
The Harbor Freight $149 solar panel has been enough to run a laptop.
POTS = Plain Old Telephone Service, ie a copper wire.
Electronic fax service $10/mo. Send and receive faxes via email.
... Ok, to send hard documents you will need a page feed scanner ...
My EFAX service handles all the standard document formats. I even use it
from my cell phone for testing customer fax machines when I am doing phone
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