Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by kspare, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Has anyone else got one of these? I brought in 2 to demo and so far they are junk. The phone park works great, but the wifi is terrible. Drops the connection after about an hour or so of no use, and when it is working the ping times are terrible. not sure whats going on there.
  2. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member

    Had WIP330 for a month and got rid of it. Didn't have the problems you're describing (had them all with WIP300 tho), but the battery life totally sucked on WIP330 and while to some extent it was easier to use than WIP300 it was just too big and bulky.

    I've also tried WIP300, UTStarcom phones, etc. The winner so far (surprise-surprise) is the Nokia N80. Works wonders -- single phonebook, calls are made thru the cell provider when no AP nearby and thru the internet (automatically) when the pre-defined AP is in range. Plus the added benefit of option to load TomTom onto it and turn it into navigational device (if you have a BT GPS unit). Killer device.

    PS. Battery life on Nokia N80 isn't so great either -- lasts me maximum 4 hours of talk-time (mostly voip calling of course) a charge/day.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    not too sure but I think DocLarge has one of these.
  4. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    I'm wondering if it's a wpa-psk issue, i'm going to try running it on an ap without any encryption and see if it will stay up. I've found the battery to be ok, and the phone to do what we want when it stays connected!
  5. marcoscu

    marcoscu LI Guru Member

    I've had a WIP330 for about six months and have been very happy with it. The sound quality is superb, it's versatile in use, looks great and is easy enough to set up once you have spent time get accustomed to it.

    That said, yes the battery life is poor - about 12 hours on standby - but then it is not designed to be left on all day as a mobile is.

    Support for it is appalling. Twice I have emailed Customer Support about it and been given entirely the wrong answer - they had not even looked at it's specs online.

    It seems very fussy on which routers it likes. Some router/channel combinations it logs onto instantly and stays on all day, others it will log itself off every couple of hours, others again it refuse to even recognise.

    On the other hand, the firmware has been upgraded several times and each time the device gets better with more features and stability. The only downside with this is that the early support for Skype has been removed - although a simple Windows CE hack can re enable it for that operating session.

    So, if you have a bit of time and effort and enjoy tinkering with gadgets I would recommend it.
  6. marcoscu

    marcoscu LI Guru Member

    Regarding WPA - the latest firmware upgrade may well address this:

    1.03.10.SUA 25-SEP-07
    1. Wireless-N routers now supported
    2. 169.254.*.* IP address issue fixed
    3. WPA Key Connection issue fixed

    It also now enables STUN, factory resetting, improves feature uploading and various other minor issues.
  7. kspare

    kspare Computer Guy Staff Member Member

    Linksys released a firmware a couple days ago that for me has completely. revived this phone. It's 100% functional from my point of view. I'm now a happy customer!
  8. marcoscu

    marcoscu LI Guru Member

    That's good to hear. I am very happy with my own WIP330 and would happily buy another if circumstances required it.
  9. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member

    I realize it's a Linksys-related forum, but I'd like to pimp Nokia again if I may... I've had the Nokia e51 phone for a few months and would highly recommend it as a VoIP phone as it offers superior battery life comparing to the specialized WiFi VoIP phones I've had before at the comparable price.
    Plus, I could synchronize my address book thru bluetooth, use it as a navigational device, etc. The only drawback is that you have to own any (including non-functional) SIM-card to start the phone.
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