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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:12 pm    Post subject: Cordless phone with built in battery backup for power outage Reply with quote Back to top

I've heard you can buy these types of phones. I'm trying to avoid hooking up a cordless phone to a UPS along with the router and cable modem. Basically, I'd like a 2.4GHz or higher cordless phone that will just keep working for me when the power goes out. One with multiple handsets is also needed. Can anyone recommend a good brand/model?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I have a Uniden CLX475 that has a battery backup in the base station. It uses that same battery that is in each of the handsets. This means that the cordless phone will continue to operate as long as the line that is plugged into is up.

This means, with Vonage, you will also have to have a battery backup for your cable modem, router and phone adapter. If you do that and place your cordelss base station near the phone adapter you can use the same UPS and you would not need a cordless phone with a battery backup.

In my case I have a UPS for the modem, router and PAP2 and then I use the house wiring to get to the cordless phone. Since the CLX475 has the battery backup I did not have to place it with the other gear and UPS.

I am really happy with the Uniden CLX475 so far. I bought the kit from radio shack that came with three handsets. I then added some mode TCX805 handsets to expand the system. These all operate at 5.8GHz and do not interfere with my 802.11g wireless.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I do the same as mharvey.

I have a Motorola MD681 base station and this has the battery backup option as well.

With the MD681 you can't actually use the base station during a power outage, but you can use the handsets. I guess this helps to keep the power longer since the handsets are on their own batteries.

Also I had to buy the battery for mine, it did not come with it, but it was the same battery that ise used on the handsets.

I don't think this phone series is manufactured anymore, but I would also check the newer Motorola's that take multiple handsets... I think there is an MD761 series out there these days.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I've found that my cable modem loses its connection to the network when there is a power outage,despite being connected to a UPS. I'm guessing mine may be a special circumstance but in any case, you may want to verify that you have cable modem service during power outages or else the battery backed up phone will be useless.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Maaz wrote:
I've found that my cable modem loses its connection to the network when there is a power outage,despite being connected to a UPS.


In your case, your ISP probably doesn't have a battery backup on your local access point. You may want to call them and ask about it. Chances are they won't do anything, but who knows? Maybe the battery at your local access point has just gone bad and they don't know about it. Worth a try! Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Xator -

Can't go wrong with a UPS. You'll probably get longer runtimes, and you can plug your Vonage adapter/router and your Cable/DSL modem into the same UPS and get battery backup protection for the whole lot all in one box.

That way, you can search for the cordless phone that has the features you want, and not worry about finding one that has a battery backup in the base (which will limit your choices).

When your modem or Vonage adapter loses power, you're stuck anyway with Voip, so a UPS seems to solve the whole problem.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

NateHoy wrote:

In your case, your ISP probably doesn't have a battery backup on your local access point. You may want to call them and ask about it. Chances are they won't do anything, but who knows? Maybe the battery at your local access point has just gone bad and they don't know about it. Worth a try! Wink


Thanks for the advice. However, it's a little bit more complicated than that. My apartment complex has an agreement with a local cable company to provide basic cable service. That cable company has an agreement with Adelphia to provide additional cable services (Internet, digital cable TV, etc.). Without paying the local cable company, any service from Adelphia is useless as the jacks are not activated. So basically I have to pay 2 cable bills though there is no fee for basic cable service with Adelphia so the price almost comes out even when you add the 2.

I'm guessing it's probably the local cable company that doesn't have the battery backup. I'm planning on moving to a house within the next few months so it won't matter anymore anyway. However, my new provider will likely be Comcast. After reading much of the Comcast vs. Vonage thread here and after a friend of mine experienced similar issues with Vonage and Comcast, I'm worried that I may not have reliable Vonage service anymore, but I'll give it a chance. Hopefully they will have battery backup too so I don't lose Internet during a power outage!

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