on October 29, 2011
I use this for Google Voice. Configuring the device to work with GV is easy, and the service makes firmware updates a breeze (1-click). To receive calls, I realized that you have to set, in your GV settings, to send calls to "Google Chat". All I can say is that it works! And it works well! 5 stars.
on October 1, 2011
Simplest IP configuration bridge. The only problem I have is to log in to DHP server IP on my PC. It did not recognized local IP and so I could not login to configure my google phone account. Trying from OBI site creating a user account worked. I am using it for about 3 weeks and no problem at all.
on June 8, 2012
It does exactly what it's suppose to do. Works great with our Taekwondo school's Google Voice number. Very nifty. Saving us a significant amount of $$$.
Be sure to set the DNS settings as recommended in the FAQs of the obiTalk website. Don't use OpenDNS for this device.
on December 21, 2012
This Obi device has lots of potential. I have started using with google voice for about 3 weeks. The web interface obitalk guidelines makes it easy to setup.
It shows caller id with name, which is helful. The only thing is it has low volume. May be Is I should buy loud phone.
on October 19, 2012
The OBi is a real VOIP phone product that provides basic phone functions for most people along with a lot of advanced features for those who may need them for business. Far better sound quality than the Magic jack products. I'm almost ready to disconnect my landline and save over $40- per month.
on March 14, 2013
Setup was pretty easy, just follow the booklet included.
Sounds pretty good, kind of crackly on some phone calls but it's only some calls so it may be on the other end but i'm not positive.
Overall i'm pretty happy with this product, and not paying $40 a month for a home phone.
on March 8, 2012
I was unsure about the product when I first ordered it, as I have had free SIPs that allow me to use google voice and the call issues were plentiful. With this device, the issues seem to be nonexistant.
For not paying a monthly fee, this product is by and far worth a 5 star review.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2014
TL;DR: The Ooma, instead of this, is what I recommend if you believe you will need support. If you are an experienced VoIP user and you are ok with getting help via user forums only, and can do a full stress hardware testing of the unit within Amazon's 30 day return window, the Obi is still a good option.
I've been using the Obi110 for around 2 years and mine just broke so I am here to actually buy a new one. The device itself is great for experienced voip users who want flexibility. Its biggest problem is that its a little buggy and requires daily power cycles or you will miss calls. Its biggest asset is the feature set for a power user is unmatched in this price range. It is unquestionably the most flexible home-priced voip appliance and, for the price, surviving for around 2 years is acceptable to me. The device itself gets 4 stars and, on its own, is really unique.
Obihai, however, gets -4 stars but I cannot assign 0 stars to this review. It has nothing to do with Google Voice. A lot of others complain about Google voice, and I agree that to still advertise this as any kind of Google voice device is misleading, being kind. Outside of that, I think this is out of the purview of Obihai and blame needs to go to Google who is desperate to try and force people onto their G+ social network and is cannibalizing every successful product they have to do so.
What gets the -4 stars is the complete lack of response to support requests and lack of communications or engagement from Obihai. Recently Obihai was hit with the Heartbleed bug. They put forth no announcement as to what they were doing to protect user privacy and security. Repeated requests for information was not replied to. I still don't know if they revoked and reissued their certificate yet. My cousin is also an Obihai customer, or I should say was, and he had been having problems with his 200 for months and no reply from Obihai.
If you do choose to buy this or any Obihai device, you should be prepared to only get support from the helpful, if not very active, user-only forum (Obihai doesn't seem to provide anyone to help out there anymore, they just spam it with their stuff), or the DSLreports forum. I have found both places to be helpful, but I think only if you are already familiar with digging into configurations and the way sip systems work. If you are new to this genre of service, the Ooma is where you should go.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2014
My unit lasted about one year and three months. I wrote customer support to help me troubleshoot, describing the problem, and they did not even attempt to help. They told me to buy another unit. Many emails later, still no help troubleshooting.
I researched, and found others that had the same problem, and a new power adapter cured their problem. During those emails mentioned above, and asking them 3 separate times to sell me another power adapter, they simply refused, finally telling me to buy any 12v power adapter from Radio Shack. (BTW, I supplied links to posts in forums that had people describing the same problem as me, and the cure, which was a new power adapter from Obihai.)
NOTE: The first time I asked them to sell me an adapter, they ignored the question. The second time, they told me they would not give me another adapter because my unit was out of warranty. The third time I asked, after reminding them I had been asking them to sell me an adapter, not give me one, that is when they told me to go buy an adapter. - Before I had asked the third time, I had looked around some. I did not find one with the correct size plug and the same power requirements. On the Internet, I found some used adapters for sell, but I wanted to buy a new one.
More than once, they told me to buy a new unit, without even trying to help me troubleshoot. ... Pathetic! ... This, also, after I had asked them about whether a new unit would even work after Google Voice stopped supporting (Obihai's use of) XMPP in May, 2014. - They ignored that question, also!
In one email, I aksed them to describe how to reset the unit, seeing as how I had found two different descriptions of how to do it on the Internet (and wanted to make sure I was not missing 'something'). Yes, they ignored that question, too.
As for the time the product was working... I could never get rid of the echos, and voice clarity was not very good.
Simply, I would not be writing this negative review if they had, at least once, actually attempted to troubleshoot with me, and had not been so indifferent to simple questions I had asked them.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2011
I have been paying far too much for home services, with my bill from ATT recently going over $200 a month after some promotions wore off. I have Uverse with 32/5 speed profile and 4HD/0SD tv profile, U400 with DVR and 3 other STBs, "max turbo" internet 24M/3M(with 1HD stream I can still pull 24Mbps, any more and it starts eating my internet bandwidth), and HAD the uverse unlimited local and long distance package with unlisted number. I was paying over $40 a month after taxes for a phone I rarely used as I usually use my cell for US calls or GV via my phone if I'm calling to one of our offshore plants. I spotted this fine piece of equipment and had to give it a try.
I ordered the obi 110 one morning about a month ago with free second day prime air, but it showed up the next day via ontrac(I love these guys, 'pay' for 2nd day, get overnight). My wife called and told me it had arrived and I was chomping at the bit to go home but had a 5pm call with a subcon overseas so I didn't get home until 7 : Anyhow, geek xmas commenced and I tore open my box with a sparkle in my eye. I had already read reviews on here and had a game plan in mind. Since I already use GV for quite a bit and I didn't really want my subcons and vendors harassing my wife at home I sent her a gmail invite and had her setup GV ahead of time. I plugged in the Obi, followed the setup page and went to obitalk to set it up. 2 minutes later I made a test call and it worked great. I setup a callcentric account with enhanced 911 and threw enough funds in there to keep it happy for a year. I logged back into obitalk and edited the outbound call route, configuring callcentric only for 311 and 911 calls based on a website I had found. I also edited the digit map so that it wouldn't wait after 311. I tested 311 and it worked so I'll have to assume that 911 will work, although I plan to schedule a test to make sure. All told, I spent about 30 minutes getting the Obi110 how I wanted and I haven't touched it since.
Today is about 1 month of using the obi and my wife has given it a huge thumbs up. She really likes the idea of not having to hassle with skype when I'm offshore to call me as well since I put some funds into her GV account. I just got off of the phone with ATT and no longer will be gouged for US calling. Of course they tried, "oh I can put another promotion on which will give you $5 off. Oh wait, here I can do $10." I told her what I was doing and funny enough I spent more time telling her about the obi which she seemed genuinely interested in than I did the actual cancellation. She mentioned she looked at another competitors $200 unit, as well as another VoiP company which charges the same as uverse after it's promotion has worn off, she was unaware of such an inexpensive solution. She also mentioned, "I hope more people don't discover this, I might have to find a new job," to which we both chuckled.
It will be about a 3 months ROI between the unit, callcentric, and putting some funds in GV, but I look forward to a long time of savings. Although this started a trend, I also have silicondust 6cc tuner ordered and look forward to ending my TV bills as well : Hopefully ATT will let me keep the great DSL I have or I'll be looking elsewhere for that as well :D