OBi202 2-Port VoIP Phone Adapter with Google Voice and Fax Support for Home and SOHO Phone Service
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- Works with Google Voice
- Easy to Set-Up Using OBiTALK.com
- Also Supports T.38 Fax and SIP Bring Your Own Device Services like Anveo Callcentric, Voip.ms, etc.
- Works with Up to Four (4) VoIP Services Across Two (2) Phone Ports
- 1x USB for Obihai Accessories OBiWiFi and OBiBT,Receive calls to your Google Voice number then use the OBi device to bridge to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices using Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G (without using your cell minutes).
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Free Premium Features with OBi and Google Voice
- Works with Google Voice
- Caller ID
- Call forwarding
- Call waiting
- 3-way calls
- Block anonymous calls
- Do not disturb
- Missed call notifications via email
- Voicemail notifications via email / text
- Voicemail forwarding as email audio attachments
- Voicemail-to-text via email and web
- Free Canadian calling
- Ring multiple phones simultaneously
- Multiple numbers (4)
OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter
With an OBi device and your existing broadband Internet connection, from the comfort of your home phone, you have the power to make and receive phone calls using a multitude of VoIP services for free or at a fraction of the cost a traditional telco would charge. Local, long distance and even international calling are all possible.
The OBi200 and OBi202 support up to four (4) VoIP services like Google Voice, Anveo, PhonePower, VoIPms and a multitude of 'Bring Your Own Device' Internet phone services. Get the lowest cost local and international calls with service providers of your choice. Calls to other OBi devices are always free via the OBiTALK network.
It is easy to save money with an OBi!
- Use Google Voice with the OBi and enjoy free calls inside the USA and Canada
- Call internationally at amazingly low rates to over 150 destinations
- Rates to China, India, and Mexico as low as 1¢ per minute – with no connection fee
- When someone calls, ring multiple OBi devices, anywhere
- Block unwanted nuisance and tele-marketer calls
- Voicemail that acts like email
- Designed, developed and supported in the USA
|Ideal For||Home||Home or Small Business|
|Easy OBiTALK Setup||✓||✓|
|Free OBi to OBi Calling||✓||✓|
|VoIP Services Supported||4||4|
|2-Port Internet Router with Voice Packet Prioritization||No||Yes|
|Reliable Faxing T.38 Protocol||✓||✓|
|Power Adapter||100-240 volt switching power adapter||100-240 volt switching power adapter|
|Call Capacity||1 phone call or fax call||2 phone calls or fax calls simultaneously|
|USB Port for OBiWiFi5G, OBiBT, OBiLINE||✓||✓|
|Optional USB Accessories||The OBiWiFi5G wireless adapter allows you to wirelessly connect your VoIP device to the Internet.||The OBiBT Bluetooth wireless adapter allows a USB-equipped OBi device to pair with a mobile phone.||The OBiLINE adapter allows a USB-equipped OBi device to make calls to a land-line service from phones connected to the OBi.|
The OBi202 works with Google Voice. It is perfect for customers who do not have a traditional telco phone service and want the savings and simplicity of using a VoIP service for all their calls.
With its support for 2 independently configurable phone ports, support for many VoIP providers, the OBi202 provides you with an abundance of control and convenience from the comfort of your home phone(s). The OBi202 is equipped with a 2-port router/bridge with support for integrated quality of service (QoS). The OBi202 may be installed in a variety of environments where an extra Ethernet port is needed to connect a computer/network behind the OBi202 and/or locations where upstream voice traffic needs to be prioritized above other types of traffic like web surfing and uploading pictures and movies.
So Many Features!
- Works with Up to Four (4) VoIP Services
- Collaborative features which allow its phone ports to work together as a mini-phone system.
- T.38 Real Time Fax over IP
- High Quality Voice over IP Technology
- Built-In Router with QoS for VoIP Traffic Prioritization
- USB Port for Use with OBiWiFi Wireless Adapter or Storage Device
- OBiTALK Web Portal: The OBiTALK Web Portal allows you to manage your OBi endpoints and your Circle of Trust.
The OBiTALK portal helps OBi users configure, add services and manage their OBi devices with ease.
- OBiON: iPhone and Android App Integration
- Call Forwarding on All Calls, Busy Calls, Forward on No Answer
- Caller ID – Name & Number
- Call Waiting
- Call Transfer
- Block by Caller ID
- Automatic Call Back
- Do Not Disturb
- Conference Calling
- Anonymous Calling
- Message Waiting Indication - Visual and Tone Based
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1. It works!
2. Voice quality is great
3. When paired with Google Voice, it's FREE. FREE. FREE to get and place calls in the US.
4. Setup is simple (*)
5. It's CHEAP compared to the alternatives. Especially, e.g. Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service, Vonage, Xfinity. Even the outlay for the cost of the box is less than you'll pay for those services because they charge more outright (Ooma is $120), or require a one year contract.
6. It has TRUE multi-line support. Ooma, for example, allows you to have "two lines" but they behave like one unless you purchase Ooma's handsets and their $10/month service. You need two (or more?) Google Voice numbers.
7. You can probably port your EXISTING phone number to Google Voice - if you first port the number to a cell carrier (find any carrier with a Pay as you go plan and a low cost, e.g. T-Mobile). Google Voice will not port numbers from most landline or VoIP providers, but for $20 will port from nearly all cell carriers. Ooma, by contrast, charges $40 to port a number.
8. Google Voice has voicemail to text, multiple ring, spam call reduction, call screening, text notifications and more. Want those services elsewhere they will cost you. E.g. with Ooma you'll be paying a minimum of $20/month ($10 service, $5 for the cheap voicemail transcription and about $5 month in taxes and fees).
A. The obitalk website which is needed to configure your device is a little wonky. By wonky, I mean it may be a bit intimidating to anyone who is a first time VoIPer. But I had little problem connecting my two Google Voice accounts, connecting two cordless phone system bases, and having one phone ring for my "home" line and the other ring for my "hobby" line. See the attached shots for examples of the ObiTalk website.
That's a small bit of "iffy" and a lot of Good.
For the last 15 years I've been paying my local phone provider $50/month for an analog FAX line that is rarely used nowadays. I'm not ready to go completely FAX free, but its dwindling use has made it hard to justify. I looked at internet fax services, and I liked their low monthly cost, but I'm old school and prefer a conventional fax machine.
Despite reading about the random reliability of VoIP Fax, I decided to try it out. It seems that some users have good luck with it, others not so much. In my case I was hopeful it would work for me because my Comcast Xfinity Broadband connection has good performance. Spoiler Alert: With OBi202 I'm a VoIP FAX winner!
I plugged the OBi202 into my LAN and powered it. The instructions provide details on enabling the web interface (for security it is disabled out of the box), so I did that. I also configured my router to assign it a fixed local IP, but this optional step is not required. I also created an account on obitalk.com and registered my OBi202 device. These steps are described in the brief (one page) quick start manual.
Then using the keypad on my Brother FAX machine I entered the "Miscellaneous Menu" and changed the Compatibility entry to "Basic." This sets the FAX communication to 9600 baud and disables error correction (ECM). These settings are common recommendations for FAX VoIP.
My VoIP Provider:
Next I had to select a VoIP service provider. With Google's help I found an endless list of companies to choose from. I read many online reviews and narrowed it down to a short list of contenders; CallCentric was chosen after a coin toss. Since I don't send/receive many FAX's I selected their "Pay Per Call" service for outgoing calls (inexpensive per minute rates). For incoming calls I selected their "DID - Pay Per Minute" service ($3.45 monthly rate + inexpensive per minute rate). I funded it with a credit card, but they also accept PayPal.
The CallCentric account included a free local phone number (you choose the area code, they choose the 7-digit local number). In my case the phone number I was given will be short lived because it will be replaced after porting my existing analog phone number to it. By the way, the CallCentric site includes an online porting tool that checks an existing number to confirm it can be ported; Mine passed the test so I don't expect any problems porting it.
After getting my new phone number I went back to the Fax Machine's keyboard and selected the "Initial Setup" menu, where I entered my CallCentric 10-digit phone number as the Station ID. This step is important, as noted later in my review.
The CallCentric account needed to be registered to my OBi202 device. To learn how to do that I used CallCentric's online search box and entered "obi202." I quickly found the general instructions for setting up the OBi202. No issues doing the steps and my Obi was registered in minutes.
Please keep in mind that I'm not here to push CallCentric's VoIP service. Please do your own research and decide which VoIP provider to use. There's a lot of them out there and plenty of user feedback to help you decide.
My FAX Tests:
I used the HP FAX test number (888-473-2963) and sent several different multi-page FAX's to it. They were all successful because the HP test site FAXed back a reply to each test call (takes about five minutes for HP to call back). NOTE: It is important that your FAX machine's ID setting has your 10-digit VoIP phone number because that is the one HP will use to call back.
My Second VoIP Line:
The OBi202 supports two analog phones/devices. With the FAX machine on one port, what should I do with the other? Well, Google Voice of course. It's hard to ignore getting FREE domestic long distance (and cheap international) voice calls. No need for me to explain Google Voice and how to install it. Plenty of other OBi users and related YouTube videos provide all the details.
My Final Thoughts:
Keep in mind that I installed the OBi202 a day ago and so I don't have long term experience with sending/receiving VoIP FAX calls. But so far things work great. In case my luck changes I have a backup plan. CallCentric's service includes a dedicated Fax feature that I can use to receive FAX calls instead of my machine. When it is enabled (log into account, click DID Forwarding Tab, select Fax entry) my VoIP line does not ring. Instead the incoming FAX is received by Callcentric's fax server (which avoids internet speed/quality problems) and is emailed to me. I tried it out and it worked, so the backup plan is good to go if necessary.
Brother MFC7820N FAX/Printer/Scanner.
OBi202 VoIP Phone Adapter.
VoIP Service Provider: Callcentric.
Broadband Provider: Comcast.
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