Pros just like skype it really works but now i can use my 2-line cordless and the skype as a viable second line
Cons cant use when you shut down your pc
Summary just like skype this thing really works. HW does not need external power source (from USB) and SW fairly stable (w caveat). i install it w a 2-line cordless and now i can use the skype as second line. speaking to contacts in asia using skype and my cordless phone is a joy and better than most IP-based calling cards you buy. one caveat is that there are ceratin steps/percautions in driver installation. i purchased at amazon.com from shawn92602 for $45 plus shipping and got very good service and support for a driver conflict.
Pros Integrate skype with your home phone system flawlessly.
Cons Pc has to run for this to work with skype.
Summary The setup:
1- Connect your land line in the actiontec.
2- Connect the actiontec to your pc.
3- Connect an expansion ready cordless phone (ie AT&T 5.8GHz Expandable from Costco ) to the actiontec.
Voila! you have your landline fully integrated with VOIP.
You can use this to call friends who use skype voice for free. Or you can call anybody on a landline using skypeOut for about 2 to 3 cents a minutes anywhere in the world!. No contract, no nothing. It cut my phone bill by 50%.
Voice quality is good as long as you use this with a broadband connection. So if your connection has a slowdown, then expect voice quality degradation.
People can can call you using skype or a landline and it will then ring on your normal phone system.
If your computer is turn off, you can still receive normal landline phone call.
The guys at actiontec made one of the best device I'v seen for a long time.
Pros Don't need to spend $$ on junky headsets
Cons One minor issue with installing
Summary I have used this with SkypeOut to call internationally and have found it to sound better than a traditional phone call. I even used a splitter to connect two telephones to it, one being a cordless and the other corded, and the device was able to support the required electrical current for both. Actiontec said officially, in a forum reply, that they have tested it with 2 corded telephones. The issue I had was initially installing it. First you install the drivers and then connect it to a USB port. I connected it to a powered USB hub, and my computer detected that I connected it, but didn't seem to do anything else, like search for drivers. After looking in device manager, it I saw that it didn't have enough power. I would have been nice for Windows to inform me when I connected it. Once I connected it directly to the PC's USB port, it installed just fine.
Pros On my XP machine, it worked fantastic for regular and Skype phe calls. I used it for Skype calls in my bedroom, away from my PC.
Cons When I switched to Vista, I was told to install newer software which is for Vista but doesn't work.
Summary I fail during the installation because the message to plug in USB plug goes into loop and can't finish the process unless I cancel the installation. Submitted the question, but so fa no help has arrived. I can't use the unit until the help by techie or new driver is offered.
Pros Works fine with Windows XP
Cons No driver available for Vista. $40 paperweight
Summary The product description should clearly state there is no Vista driver available. The following is Actiontec's response to problem: "Vista drivers are not available at this time and no time frame has been
given to when or if drivers will become available." It is not as if Windows Vista is some obscure operating system. Aciontec has an obligation to its customers to provide the necessary drivers for it's products. Right now my IPW which I purchased less than 1 month ago is serving as nothing more a than $40 paper weight. I feel cheated Consumers should be made aware of what kind of company Aciontec is.