VOIP - Handset and Provider Recommendation to go with Tomato (United Kingdom)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by bingobob, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    Righto, well I have the tomato running quite well. Lovely really. Many thanks to Stombs for helping me out.

    OK - well I'm now onto stage two.

    I'm in the UK.

    I'm now looking to ditch POTS for my voice calls and get a decent wireless VOIP handset for plugging straight into the tomato <- important I'd like the unit to plug into the tomato so it'll get allocated it's own IP address.

    What's the best stuff out there and do I go skype or setup with a SIP provider, what have others had success with with tomato?

    Scuse me if I've made any basic errors, bit new to this voip stuff.

    After this is done I will clearly tweak my QOS settings to make it work well.

  2. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member


    Just noticed this little lot ...


    Is this provider OK?
    Any of those handsets OK, any other recommendations?
    (I figure I need a Wireless VoIP handset, but no GSM technology required, however my network security is WPA2 personal, tkip)

    I figure we'd just need a portable phone. Should be fine. I have an iphone, seems like they have a client for that, great!
  3. FRiC

    FRiC LI Guru Member

    You could use any VOIP/SIP adapter or phone. I use Linksys PAP2T and SPA3102, but your provider might give you one for signing up.

    Cordless phones may not work very well with VOIP though, if you decide to use an adapter.
  4. bingobob

    bingobob Addicted to LI Member

    Was thinking of not using an adapter...

    Is there just a recommended wifi voip handset that connects directly to tomato?
  5. humba

    humba Network Guru Member

    Look at the Siemens Gigaset line.. they have a bunch of models which are dual mode (have both an Ethernet connector and an Analog connector). I've been using one with a bunch of handsets and it works a lot better than the el cheapo analog DECT + ATA box we used before.. the previous solution failed on WAF, just as Wifi based solutions did.
  6. cspot

    cspot Network Guru Member

    fwiw, I use sipgate provider with asterisk/cisco ata/pots phone. been using sipgate for well over 2 years. call quality sounds like next door -- i'm in florida!

    tomato's qos is excellent -- I run utorrent full bore, but give voip priority.
  7. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I would still consider using a cordless phone + adapter, it just gives you more flexibility. I'm sure some of the wireless phones are good, I'm just not sure that 802.11 wireless is a great system for VOIP.
    Personally I use a Linksys SPA-3102 adapter and Panasonic cordless DECT phone. Works great with my Buffalo WHR-G54S router running Tomato. Be sure to give the VOIP traffic high QoS priority by adding a rule for it - based on the IP address of the adapter.
    For SIP provider there's quite a few in the UK, I use www.voipfone.co.uk who are great and have lots of nice extra features. If you want to use more than one provider consider using a virtual pbx inbetween such as www.pbxes.org or www.voxalot.com

    Good luck.
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