I've used the Aastra 9112i (now discontinued), the Aastra 9480i and the Snom M9 DECT cordless.
By far, my favourite is the Aastra 9112i...it's carrier grade, solid as a rock and easy to use. The 9480i shares all the same attributes, but as a 4-line business phone, it's inherently more complicated a and cumbersome. It also doesn't require POE (AC adaptor instead), so I don't need to put costly injectors in my structured cabling system.
I will not be purchasing any more Snom phones...the recommended FW upgrade bricked my phone and it took tech support three days to send me an old FW file. Besides that, they are extremely light and don't have the sturdy feel that I like.
Im going to bench some Grandstream units next to see how they might fit in at the low end of the market. I'm also considering Cisco, but they usually require POE, so I might pass.
I use a Cisco SPA-921. The reason why I bought it is because it looked like the phones Jack Bauer used in "24". Was that a bad reason to make a purchasing decision? Yes it was, and I'm especially irritated with myself because I rarely succumb to such advertising. It's an adequate phone with decent audio quality, but other products have more/better features (better failover options, XML browser, backlight, G.722) for a similar or even better price.
I've extensively read documentation for Aastra's IP phones and have been very impressed. They're even a Canadian company. I believe AV Trev is an Aastra dealer. If you have any questions that we can't answer I could ask him to stop by this thread.
I currently use the SPA942 phones along with 2 SPA504G phones made by Linksys/Cisco. I find they work well, but I haven't investigated any others. Like Mango mentioned there's no failover settings. I haven't had any big issues with them. Audio is clear. I learned to provision the ones I had in a remote location. That's a cool feature. I'm not sure if all IP phones can be provisioned from remote.
I went with Cisco SPA504G and am quite happy with it. I ended buying a POE Ethernet switch too which cuts out a power adaptor. I have upgraded with the latest firmware.
Only complaints: Phone cord should be longer and although it's a four line phone, I've only been able to get two lines going. I'm sure its a configuration issue but I haven't figured it out since I only need two lines at this time.
Hi there, I am using Aastra 480i x 4 phones. Satisfied with them. I would like to have a Bluetooth wireless adapter for my phone but they told me that lifter doesn't fit.
At one time I bought 2 Polycom 650 IP phones one after another. Just beautiful looking, loaded with all kinds of features. Both failed within minutes after install. They told me that I have to run specially configured PC on the same network and run specific software where to Polycom phone will look at, save configurations and something in that respect. For life of me I could not install all the firmware updates and configurations so I returned both phones back and got refund.
My residential use case requires the ability to walk away with the phone form noisy kids and for privacy to various areas of the house.
Most of the IP phones mentioned so far seem to be business phones. Just about all the phones sold at major Canadian electronics stores are business phones. What are some ideas on IP phones for the family?
What about something like the Unidata WPU-7800?
Currently I’m using the IPad with 3CX softphone and an Android (entry level) with integrated CSipsimple. The voice quality was much better on the IPad, but after enabling GSM codec on Voip.ms and in CSipsimple things have improved with the Android. I also have X-Lite softphone on the Laptop. All devices ring when we receive a call.
I’m happy with the softphone setup but I’m being told we need something that looks like real phone, like with buttons, for when grandma visits. The kids learned how to use the Ipad and don’t remember what a real phone looks like, but apparently, in an emergency the IPad might be hidden under the couch and be hard to find, and the smartphone might be in the purses with dead batteries.
I spent some time reading about DECT vs WiFi for residential IP phone options, here are some observations:
- Dedicated WiFi handsets are expensive. Cisco/Spectralink go for $400 to $600. Unidata/ZyXel go for under $200.
- DECT can be had for $100 to $200. Examples: Gigaset S675IP mentioned here already and Panasonic KX-TPA50
- On paper, WiFi is the future, and considering most residential users already have a WiFi network, it is surprisingly not as widely adopted.
- With DECT, you get better range, better quality, cheaper, but you are introducing a second RF band in your house – not that it matters to have a few additional electromagnetic frequencies going through our bodies - I hope it is harmless.
I just started using the Gigaset C610A phones. I love them. I have the base station plus 4 other phones. Switching from using an ata to these IP Phones have been the best thing. Everything has improved. My next IP Phone will be the Cisco corded 7960
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