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VoIP To Good To Be True?

Let me give you a little back ground on my VoIP experience before I write this blog. I want to make sure you understand I’m not hoaring myself out to the products I recommend. Always keep in mind I have no interest in making a single dime off of these posts. I just want to inform the public of some cool products out there that really do what they say they will.

I have been working with VoIP since 1999 when I started working at Business Works of Hawaii Inc. We had an Altigen VoIP PBX system that we had built in house. At the time VoIP was highly unreliable and basically was a waste of money. You needed a super fast connection and a high initial investment. Since 1999 I have worked with VoIP non-stop. I am an Altigen Certified Engineer on two different revisions of the Altigen VoIP phone system products. I have installed over 100 VoIP PBX’s. So I would think my qualifications are there. Let me get off the soap box and explain why I’m establishing my qualifications to blog on this subject.

Today I had a high end customer in Kailua that needed long distance enabled on his telephone. He is staying temporarily in a very expensive property. The phone company said they enabled long distance but ofcourse they are full of crap. Being that I have stayed up many sleepless nights with the TV on. I remember the AD for the Magic Jack. I had also heard some buzz about the product working pretty well. I figured why not give it a try. I picked one up at radio shack of all places for about $50. I installed it on the customer’s computer in only about 5 minutes. It worked right away with little hassle at all. The call quality was comparable to my iphone and seemed very reliable. For the money I think Magic Jack is awesome. I would recommend it to any person who travels a lot and needs a phone instantly at their hotel etc. It’s simple because you just unplug the hotel phone and plug it in to the Magic Jack. So props to Magic Jack for brining simple, fast and effective VoIP to the people. Kick Vonage to the curb and get yourself a Magic Jack. You can thank me later.



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WiFi Cook My Brain?

Everybody always asks me… “Which Wireless Router should I purchase for home?” This is a tough question to answer. I almost feel like telling the customer to buy the cheapest one on sale because all brands will eventually die on them.

But, I have found a favorite wireless router among all the brands. When I started the Ugly Van Free WiFi project about a year ago I was looking for a wireless router that could put out a strong signal and accept an external antenna. I was surprised that not many companies offered affordable wireless routers that had an external antenna connection. I ended up finding the Buffalo WHR-HP-54G. I think it was only $60 at the time. I found it on

This router exceeded my expectations! I was able to load DD-WRT on it fairly easy and I was able to hook up  a -15db external antenna. Now I have a nice wireless setup in my van that can produce a signal up to a mile!

Now if you’re not as geeky as me. I would recommend something cheap and simple. My second favorite is the Linksys WRT54G series. Skip the N wireless routers as it’s mostly not necessary. If you have Cable or DSL you won’t need a wireless router faster than 54g. (54Mbit)

On my final note. If you go wireless… Read the directions! Make sure you set a WEP KEY at the very minimum. The easiest of all hacks is the getting into your open wireless. If you are too lazy to read or if you can’t read… Give me a call and I will set it up for your remotely for FREE! Cool eh? Obviously some restrictions apply. So call me for the details.


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