Fritzbox Magic

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Hi all,

 

I'm finally moving from my 16MB t-online service to a 50MB one, and in doing so, the t-online guy said the new package means I can keep my old phone number etc, but it will all be through VOIP now.

 

So, I have the Fritzbox 7390 which supports VOIP. Connected to it, is a rather lame, but working analogue phone. My questions are this:

 

1) Will this old phone work using the VOIP features of the Fritzbox router?

- If yes, will it work seamlessly, or will I have to reconfigure it all?

- If not, are there any recommendations on a good VOIP phone, or should I just go with the stock standard Fritzbox models?

 

All that telephone side of things always confuses me.

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I'm disturbed that Telekom switched you to a VoIP service without really explaining it to you, especially the disadvantages, at least without giving you extra discount for a line which is cheaper for them to operate.

 

However, it won't be seamless - you will need to program your new VoIP details into the Fritzbox for it to work, and then direct incoming calls to either or both of the two analogue phone ports (where your old analogue phone should be connected) or any connected DECT devices.

 

You've no need for an specialist VoIP phone, in fact it's not to be recommended. Fritz can handle all your needs including call forwarding, answering machine, fax and filtering.

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Actually, I am paying a little less. 8€ per month if I just upped my 16MB directly to the same package but 50MB.

 

Besides the disadvantage of trying to figure out how to configure the router for VOIP, are there any others? We hardly ever use the main landline, so it is not really a major part of the service. Essentially, it was for the faster internet, plus still having a landline was nice.

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The problem now is that you are reliant on the internet for your phone service. With the old system the phone line was separate from the internet, so one could fail and the other would (might) still work. On top of that, if you had an analogue line the phone still worked if you had a power failure at home.

 

They can change you to 50Mb without going to VoIP phone and it doesn't cost any more. The only reason your new 50Mb line is cheaper is that you were on an old 16Mb contract. Prices have gone down in the last few years, but unless you revise/renew your contract, Telekom don't tell you. Of course, with the new line you will have a contractual 100GB cap (not actually implemented yet), and a new 2-year minimum service.

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Actually, they told me it was a 200GB cap, which is ok, 100GB would be way to low. Thanks for the info though.

 

I'm not too worried about the phone line thing. I hardly use the landline and we do have mobile phones as well. We are also good friends with quite a few neighbours in the building in case of a real emergency.

 

As for the price, you wouldn't believe how hard it was to get that drop. I refused any update for many years because they would never drop the price.

 

Oddly enough, I didn't sign anything...

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Ah, yes... sorry - 25Mb/s is 100GB cap, 50Mb/s 200GB

They should send you a written Auftragbestätigung in the post. Unless you refute it within 7 days they assume you accept the change, and no signature is required. Although technically you no longer need a splitter, if for any reason you decide to use the old one it may need replacing.

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However, it won't be seamless - you will need to program your new VoIP details into the Fritzbox for it to work, and then direct incoming calls to either or both of the two analogue phone ports (where your old analogue phone should be connected) or any connected DECT devices.

 

You've no need for an specialist VoIP phone, in fact it's not to be recommended. Fritz can handle all your needs including call forwarding, answering machine, fax and filtering.

 

Not that I ever doubted you, but indeed, there is a seam.

 

I just switched over to the 50mb and that internet side works great. Up to 47mb download and 9mb upload.

 

However, struggling to get the analogue phone connected to FON1 working. I deleted the old device and created a new one.

1) Selected "Telefon (mit und ohne Anrufbeantworter" as it is a basic analogue phone.

2) Selected "FON 1 (analoges Telefon" as it is indeed connected to it.

3) It asks if I can here the test ring... I can, so no problems yet.

4) It suggests the same phone number I had set up before. I went for this (it doesn't have the zero in the beginning, but it didn't need this before)

5) Phone doesn't work.

 

If I try to ring it, I don't get an error message. Nothing happens.

 

If I try to ring from it. I hear the dial tone, I can dial out, but when I try to call my handy, I just hear fast beeps.

 

Any ideas?

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Have you setup the VoIP service? (under "Telefonie"-"Eigene Rufnummern"-"Neue Rufnummer"-"Internetrufnummer einrichten" - assumes you are in "Expert Modus")

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Ah-ha. This is where the problem may be. The number that was setup was a Festnetzrufnummer, since the phone was analogue and the number comes from DT.

 

But if I set this up as an Internetrufnummer, I would require login details. I haven't been sent anything new from t-online regarding this.

 

Hmmm...

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Not from T-Online, but from Telekom

 

 

Die Zugangsdaten befinden sich in dem Anschreiben, das Sie vor der Freischaltung Ihres Anschlusses von der Telekom erhalten haben. Sollten Sie dieses Anschreiben nicht erhalten oder verloren haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an Telekom.

However

 

 

Bei IP-basierten Call & Surf-Anschlüssen der Telekom reicht es häufig aus bei "eMail-Adresse" "anonymous@t-online.de" einzutragen. Die anderen Felder bleiben leer (auch kein Kennwort).
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@ YorkshireLad6, once again, you come through with the solution :)

 

The anonymous one didn't work for me, but I looked back at the original paper work sent, and noticed that the part with my log-in details was also missing. But it did say to try my old log-ins and after closing my eyes for a moment, I managed to remember what they were.

 

The dearest wife will be happy her landline is back up again.

 

And I'm pretty chuffed with my new internet speeds.

 

Cheers!

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Now that you've gotten the hang of setting up VoIP accounts on a Fritzbox, you might want to look into getting an additional landline from a pure VoIP provider. The basic package is usually free. If you use a UK provider such as Sipgate UK, then you'll have a UK landline ringing at your home in Germany. For free (!)

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That's standard practice, especially with a Fritzbox. I have numbers (all without any cost) in my home in UK, US, France, Italy and Austria, so folk there only have to make a local (or national) call to reach me.

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Ok, here's the story.

 

I currently have a NAS running 24/7 which I use for a pile of things, and it works well. All except one thing, my Plex server. It just does not work on my NAS.

 

So, since my Fritz Box 7390 is also a NAS, I was wondering if I could install the Plex Server onto this device.

 

Has anyone succeeded in doing this?

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What a pity, but I suspected that. I have the Plex server installed on my QNAP NAS, but it is really sluggish and I am looking for a really cheap alternative. Nettops would be powerful enough, but are too expensive, even on eBay, so I was sort of hoping the Fritz Box would possibly work - especially as it is also on 24/7.

 

Alas, not to be.

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In most cases Plex does transcoding at the server side so you need a kind of decent box to run it, specially if you are serving HD material. The minimum requirements for HD transcoding environment is Core2Duo 2.4Ghz or equivalent and 1.5GHZ for SD.

 

What's your client(s)? The client in the Smart TV?

 

Another alternative is XBMC in the client side if you can run it and SMB/CIFS in the server side (which your NAS can)

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