Phone system suggestions

Phone system suggestions

Post by Batson D. » Tue, 11 Nov 2003 23:09:13


I have a 4-year-old Siemens Gigaset 2.4 Gh phone system with 6 handsets.
Only 1 handset still works ok, the others all have varying degrees of the
now-famous "Gigaset Warble". I've sent handsets back to Siemens, I've
re-registered handsets, these fixes only last a few days. This system is no
good. The spouse and kids have had enough, and demand I replace the system
with something that works.

Has Siemens improved their system enough so that a new one would work, or is
there another brand that will work better? I've heard Panasonic has a
"single base station/multiple handset" system. I have to have stay in at
least the 2.4 Gh band, I've got a big house in the middle of five acres. The
Siemens 2.4 Gh (when it works) will reach all over the property.

Any suggestions? Thanks.
 
 
 

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Post by C G » Tue, 11 Nov 2003 23:16:01


I've got both Siemens and Panasonic sets in my house. I prefer the
Panasonic for clarity.

 
 
 

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Post by Robert L. » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 01:06:27

> I have a 4-year-old Siemens Gigaset 2.4 Gh

Consider yourself lucky. I don't think I know anyone with a 4-year old
Gigaset that functions at all. My cordless handsets are all unusable. I
just use the base as an answering machine / desk set.


No offense, friend, but why would you want to subject yourself to more
Siemens grief? I learned my lesson and will never buy another Siemens
phone.


Stay away from the Panasonic gigahertz phones, too. I tried them as a
replacement for the Siemens and there is a dent in my old office wall
roughly the shape of the Panasonic base unit. :^)

Regards,
Robert

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Post by october200 » Wed, 12 Nov 2003 10:31:03

On Mon, 10 Nov 2003 11:06:27 -0500, "Robert L. Bass"



My architect neighbour was at Tandy and picked up a
Panasonic KT-TG2501ALS 2.4Ghz digital cordless
phone. Now he is hoping to put the base station in
his office on the main street, and pick up calls at night
with the handset, from his apartment up the hill.

The range from his second floor office to his apartment
about 40 metres up on the hillside is about 200-300 metres
(we can check a town plan to get a better measurement
if that is critical). There is line of sight from most of the
balcony down to a rooftop area adjoining his office. We
have checked that with the cordless phone base in his
office, he can pick up a call if he is standing at the front
of his balcony. However if he move backs very far (the
balcony is only 2 metres deep) or is inside, he doesn't get
a connection.

The office has a couple of walls, the end one with steel
reinforcing, and there would be a metal roof in the way,
so I'm guessing the cordless phone signal is leaking out
of one of the windowed walls, which just misses having
line of sight to the apartment.

He asked me about extending the cordless base station
antenna about five metres through the wall, to a position
where there is a clear line of sight. I have to admit I'm
fairly dubious about how effective running a length of
coax would be for a 2.4 GHz phone .

Do any of these sorts of phones actually come with an
external antenna with an optional long coax? I couldn't
find any when I searched.

An alternative I thought about was to stick the base station
itself out in the open. I'd have to run a phone extention, and
a low voltage plugpack line, and bring back the phone charge
socket inside (the base unit apparently changes the phone
security code each time it is charged, which is why I figure
I have to bring those two lines back).

The base station would have to be in a waterproof container
if I put it outside. Any suggestions as to whether I should
favour glass, or plastic or ?

Oh yes, and the bonus question, how well do these cordless
phones work on a dark and stormy night? We are heading into
the rainy season, and if it is going to fail to connect every
time a rain squall passes through, that could be a problem.

Any suggestions about alternatives? I figure someone doing
home automation has had similar needs from a phone, and
found a solution.

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Post by Blan » Thu, 13 Nov 2003 05:36:09


"> My architect neighbour was at Tandy and picked up a

Make life easy, put call forwarding on the office phone and forward it to
the home phone (or cell phone, which would work anyplace). So much easier
than trying to rely on a very low cordless phone signal over that distance.

Option 2 - there is one phone, Engenius or something like that, which does
have an external base antenna, and connector, which might work for him.

Carl
 
 
 

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Post by moualle » Thu, 13 Nov 2003 20:34:53

I don know why you have to stay with the 2.4Ghz cordless. Ie
always had a 900mhz Panasonic 1450 and it worked well at my work which
has about 6000 sq ft, last year i needed to buy a new cordless phone
so ie thinked about the "new" 2.4ghz, still Panasonic, i bought but
unfortunatelly the "new" 2.4ghz worked in very small area, compared to
the old 900mhz. I don know why, but when i returned to the store to
change the telephones the guy told me that this 900mhz 1450 i told him
about works much better than the any 2.4Ghz. By the way, he told me
that there was a even better 900mhz on the market, the ones that reads
"Ultra Largo" i think it does mean Widest Area or somthing like that
in english (i live in Brazil).

And i did the comparision, i had both phones on, 900mhz and 2.4ghz,
and started walking...the 2.4ghz started fading a long way before the
900!

One question for all: What makes the reach of a cordless phone? The
guy at the atore told me something about "the crystal" that is inside
the base, the bigger the crystal the better the range. (that why he
told this old Panasonic 900mhz "Ultra Largo" has the best range of all
phones, because it has the biggest crystal)

Hugs all
Antonio
 
 
 

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Post by nov200 » Fri, 14 Nov 2003 13:05:01

On 12 Nov 2003 03:34:53 -0800, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Antonio)



Well, that is an idea. It wouldn't surprise me if some 900 MHz
phones had a better range than some 2.4 GHz. However going to
the lower frequency may not be enough to get around the lack of
line of sight, and the metal around the base station. Also 6000
square feet is around 80 feet square, and I probably need a
200-300 metre range in this situation. The buildings are
separate, and about a block apart.

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Post by nov200 » Sat, 15 Nov 2003 11:38:33

On Tue, 11 Nov 2003 20:36:09 GMT, "Blank" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >



At present he does forward the office calls at night to his cell
phone. However then he ends up paying for the cell phone call
from his office phone, which can tend to add up pretty rapidly (I
guess cell phone charging is different over there). No home
phone in his apartment, or I would have suggested that, since it
would then just be an untimed local call.


Ah, thanks for that suggestions. I'll see if I can locate it.

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