I recently made a switch to Republic Wireless, a low-cost MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) on Sprint’s network. I’ve been with them for a little over a week and wanted to share my experience.
First, a little background about Republic Wireless. They’re owned by Bandwidth.com, which is a fairly large VoIP services provider. What makes them unique is Republic Wireless will offload your phone calls over a connected Wi-Fi network instead of using the cellular network. If for some reason, your phone detects problems with the Wi-Fi, your phone will handover the call to Sprint’s cellular network. If you’re not within range of any configured Wi-Fi networks, it will place and receive calls through Sprint’s cellular network. Your SMS and MMS messages even get pushed through an available Wi-Fi network.
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I’ve been having problems with a flaky DSL connection from CenturyLink. My modem would frequently ‘retrain,’ that is, disconnect and reconnect the DSL session. This is rather annoying, and since I use VoIP for most phone calls when I’m at home, very irritating.
I wanted a method to log the modem’s statistics and see if I could find any correlation with the drops. One of the unfortunate realities with consumer level equipment is the lack of standard monitoring capabilities. Most enterprise level equipment support SNMP, which allows various software programs to request information.
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In part 1 of this series, I went over the basics of using Pingtest.net to guesstimate how well your Internet connection can handle VoIP calls. Pingtest.net is a great for one time measurements of important metrics such as latency, packet loss and jitter.
In this post, I’ll talk about VoIP Spear. VoIP Spear is a service that will allow continuous monitoring of your Internet connection. The site works by sending ICMP echo requests to your public IP address.
Continue reading Guesstimating Quality of VoIP pt. 2: VoIP Spear
Land-based telephony is quickly going the way of the Dodo. More and more people are either completely getting rid of their telephone line entirely (and relying on cell phones) or they’re switching to lower-cost VoIP services such as Ooma or Vonage. Switching to a VoIP service sounds like a great deal, however, what is not always apparent is the quality of your Internet connection can greatly affect the quality of calls.
If you’re considering switching to VoIP, you’d be wise to make sure your Internet connection is going to provide you with acceptable quality.
There are a couple things you can do to estimate the quality of VoIP calls. This post will discuss Ookla’s Pingtest.net. I’ll write another post that will discuss a service for continuous monitoring of your connection.
Continue reading Guesstimating Quality of VoIP pt. 1: Pingtest.net