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on August 6, 2013
Great product with a good finish and looks strong even if it is made with light plastic.

I cancelled my land line as they were charging $30 per month. I went with voip-ms and now it costs me $1 per month plus 1 cent per minute. I will probably save about $25 per month with this device, so it will pay for itself within only 1 month.

Physical installation is very simple, just plug it to the router and plug a phone to it. However, configuration is tricky if you are not knowledgeable with the technology and the terminology. Basically you configure the ATA by setting the account number, password and server ip address that voip-ms (or other provider) gives you. You access the ATA with a computer by typing ip address in your browser. You can obtain its ip address by dialing *** with your phone or look at the setting that your router assigned to the ATA.

Voice quality is excellent. It sounds just like my wired line. I actually connected the ATA to a phone plug in my room so that all phone plugs work around the house. Make sure you disconnect your "house" from the wired line coming from your landline provider. It is a small box-connector near the electricity consumption meter.
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There's not much to see here -- as in this thing is tiny. Obvious choice if you're traveling, but also an obvious choice of you're looking to have VoIP service and don't want to take up a lot of space on your desk. Even has mounting holes to stick it on a wall or backboard (which is exactly what I do with my networking devices).

Configuration is easy, although this particular package does not come with documentation. You must visit the Grandstream web site and download the PDF. Documentation is acceptable, but if you are new to VoIP, budget some time to get acquainted with it. You may find help in your VoIP provider's set-up guides, even if they don't specifically have documentation for this particular model.

The web interface is simple and speeds deployment. There's also a command line telnet interface.

Two issues I had with it, one is that the DHCP client on it doesn't offer a way to release the IP without burning down the entire config (it was my fault it ended up with that IP in the first place). The bigger issue is that the ordering of preferred encoding profiles doesn't necessarily work well with my provider. I had to hard set everything to one specific codec in order to get audio on outbound calls. I don't know if this is a provider issue or an issue related to this unit, but if you buy it and have problems with your audio on outbound calls, try that.

Five stars though; can't beat the price nor the performance. This unit replaces my trusty InterEdge that died an untimely death during a thunderstorm. There would have been a bit of a funeral, but after seeing the Grandstream in action, the Interedge was tossed into the trash and quickly forgotten. Love can be so fickle.
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on January 28, 2013
Using with Phone Power even though it isn't officially supported (they do support its predecessor).

Works perfectly after opening up the appropriate ports on my router/firewall to it.
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on November 5, 2014
Small, inexpensive

First - I like the fact that there is no users manual - it IS posted online. To complain about something you are just going to thrown away after using once...isn't that the pure definition of wasteful? Not printing and including the manual saves costs and the environment - its a win/win/won for everyone!

This device was significantly cheaper than other ATA devices from other companies, and I really only needed one FXS port. I attached a 4 handset home wireless phone system to the standard phone jack and we were up and running in 15 min (including time to get a drink)

Great little device. Highly recommended.
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on June 15, 2014
Working in a call center with a SIP based dialer, this little guy makes it super easy to tap into that phone system and monitor my agents on the move with a standard cordless phone.

I have since bought an 8 port system from the same company and it works like a champ.

Giving it 4 stars because the UI could use a revamp to simplify or reword the configuration. But not a deal breaker by any means, still a great product.
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on October 22, 2014
I received a customized version of the grandstream product locked to BasicTalk service and branded as such. It was not advertised as such nor am I readily able to covert for my use as intended (without hacking the device). I am giving 3 stars (vs 1) because there were no questions asked to RMA and issue was resolved (although I still need to reorder).
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on January 30, 2013
Easy to configure for Callcentric VOIP service, $1.95 a month for a DiD local phone number. Plug the box into your router, and plug a regular or cordless landline phone into the small jack. No high dollar Vona$e or MJ fees.

This is a single line version. The HT-702 is a two-liner.

Fast Prime shipping, no sales tax, can't beat it.
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on April 10, 2014
I use them all the time for VoIP deployments. They are very simple to use and they configure in 2 minutes flat. I have probably 200 of them floating around in the world, so i am a believer.
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on November 27, 2015
I generally know what I'm doing with things like this and I was able to hook the device up to my home internet and reach the browser console quickly. I have a subscription to a SIP service and I can make calls through it with a softphone app on my PC. BUT I was not ever able to get this HT701 to register with the service. The browser app is atrocious, all you can hope to do is enter in your SIP account credentials amongst the dozens of unexplained other options and tell the thing to reboot. If it doesn't hook up to the SIP service you won't have a clue as to why.

I returned it and got a CiscoSPA112 for about the same price. Much simpler user interface and it registered on the first try, I can place and receive calls through it with no problem.
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on March 14, 2015
I never got this product to work as expected. It was recommended to me and I expected great things. If using it for just talk it worked pretty well but I need it to support Fax and Modem data. I never could get it to work right. It does not have the ability to set enough of the variables and there is no call status statistics kept or call history statistics. So I could never figure out whether my problems had to do with calls not being made. Jitter buffer overruns or underruns. Were packets being lost. What was going on. So I returned it.
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