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NetComm VoIP Telephone Adaptor/Router delivers best of both worlds

  • 05 October, 2005 11:17

<p>NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, has launched a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone adaptor/router that is first to market with an emergency services ‘lifeline’ function and PSTN telephone backup.</p>
<p>The NetComm V300 VoIP Telephone Adaptor/Router connects directly to any broadband modem and when combined with an account with a VoIP Service Provider converts a regular analogue phone (either desktop or cordless) into a VoIP telephone. It is also equipped with a port for the connection of a standard telephone line, giving the user a choice of either VoIP or regular PSTN telephone services through the one phone.</p>
<p>When the unit is connected to a standard telephone line and the user dials the 000 emergency number, the V300 will automatically route the call via the regular PSTN phone service. This feature ensures that the caller’s location can be pinpointed by emergency services.</p>
<p>“The availability of this ‘lifeline’ function through a landline telephone backup is a significant advance in VoIP telephony design,” explained David Stewart, Managing Director of NetComm. “This lifeline function even works when there is a blackout or the V300 loses power as the PSTN line is self-powered and ensures in the majority of cases the user will have a phone service available.”</p>
<p>“We believe this product will appeal to both residential and small business users who want the cost-effectiveness of VoIP calls, with the added flexibility to make and receive calls on the same phone for their VoIP or PSTN services – it really delivers the best of both worlds,” said David Stewart.</p>
<p>The NetComm V300 is equipped with a Quality of Service router that maintains high-quality VoIP calls during periods of heavy Internet by dynamically calculating the bandwidth required to maintain optimal voice quality. The unit also supports advanced call handling services such as Caller ID, Call On-Hold, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting and Transfer.</p>
<p>A 3-port LAN switch built into the V300 allows for the connection of three computers to Internet services through the router and via the modem.</p>
<p>“The integrated features in the V300 will allow users to eliminate the clutter of multiple desktop networking devices and combine them into the one box,” added David Stewart.</p>
<p>Users can set up and configure the NetComm V300 easily by following a Web-based setup guide and allows the user to install their choice of VoIP Service Provider (VSP). NetComm’s VoIP Service Partners are also working on pre-configured models of the V300 allowing users the simplicity of a plug and play VoIP solution.</p>
<p>As a technology, VoIP continues to gain traction among general consumers as a legitimate form of telephone communication. The growth of broadband Internet and the development of cost-effective VoIP hardware has moved the technology beyond big business and the ‘tech-savvy’ and into everyday consumer use.</p>
<p>“As more customers try VoIP, their experiences are overcoming misconceptions about call quality – many users are unable to tell the difference between VoIP and their regular phone service,” said David Stewart.</p>
<p>The NetComm V300 VoIP Telephone Adaptor/Router is available now through NetComm product stockists nationally and is priced at $199 per unit, including GST.</p>
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<p>About NetComm</p>
<p>NetComm is Australia's leading provider of broadband hardware solutions. It holds a commanding position in the key markets of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), high-speed networking, wireless, hotspots and digital surveillance systems, and is developing a strong presence in the VoIP sector. NetComm products are researched, developed and engineered in Australia to meet local requirements and conditions. The company has a history of sustained growth and innovation, and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC).
For more information visit www.netcomm.com.au</p>
<p>Media Contact
John Back
Kinetics Pty Ltd
(02) 9976-6611
john@kinetics.com.au</p>

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