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  1. conehead's Avatar
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    SmartWater, blimey that's a blast from the past. There was a push for it about 5yrs ago here, most of the kit marked at the time is in PC heaven now, it left a funny coloured stain too!
  2. My220x's Avatar
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    lol have decidd to get it cut.
  3. mark's Avatar
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    Thankz localzuk

    So can you call the VOIP line for free at all over broadand?

    I've read that you're always using the VOIP line to dial out unless you dial 5 first - do you know if that's true?

    His 2nd number starts with 44 - 441686 - looks like our normal area code - no menition of the '05' ?

    Thanks for the other info - i'll pass that on.
  4. Joanne's Avatar
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    wash it in the morning instead. If you can't get up for that buy a hair dryer and dry it before going to bed.
  5. kerrymoralee9280's Avatar
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    Nah, don't bother taking care of hair - I'll wash it and brush it but that's it.

    Got to wear a hair band when I play football otherwise I can't see - that's the only thing that does my head in about it
  6. localzuk's Avatar
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    There is no password entry - as it simply goes off the fact your line is enabled, so you don't need a username/password.

    The speed it says the user is connected at is the theoretical top speed of the line. The actual speed varies a lot.

    You can't call it with skype for free as it isn't a skype line, it is a BT line. And you do have to use the full area code now, as the second lines are being given out with 05 area codes. I signed up when they were just giving out lines with local area codes, so this isn't a problem for me.

    The Vision stuff - the way to tell what is included is when you go into a menu each item will either say 'FREE' or 'Rented' if you have it via a pack or if it is on offer as free. If it isn't, it will tell you how much it will cost.

    Parental controls are available via the BT Vision button under settings. The default pin is 1234.

    You will only notice buffering effects rarely, if your connection speed drops below a certain level (not sure what that level is yet). Then you will get things like a c04 or v04 error.
  7. mark's Avatar
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    Installed *whew!*

    I'm concerned after returning from the job that we never entered a username/ password & that we just set up as guest users into broadband - is that the case???

    Broadband setup was very simple - liked the clean & simple GUI to the web management. Very lacking in some respects, even in advanced management there's no configuration of the firewall for example. The GUI said the speed was 7.6Mb but Speedtest wouldn't measure it over 1.9Mb. He's also next to an exchange.

    VOIP phone was a doddle, easier that a dect phone I'd say. Couldn't call it via Skype tho' as it wanted a payment!

    Would love to know how the billing works for the VOIP phone. He was saying you get free W/E and evening calls - just like a regular phone. He had a second local number, but you couldn't call it locally without the full area code.

    You could choose any ringing combination - both phones ring for any incoming call, each ring for their own calls, or any variation it seemed. Personally I would set it up with both phones ringing for either line, that way people wouldn't get an engaged tone.

    TV/ Vision setup was equally easy. Shame about the end result! The actual online TV menu (no freeview) seems pathetic next to Sky. Impossible to navigate, equally impossible to know what was free or included in the TV pack. He has kids like me, didn't see anywhere to set up parental controls, but I guess there must be some?

    TV playback seemed fine - no noticeable buffering effects.
    Updated 20th April 2008 at 09:40 PM by mark
  8. SYNACK's Avatar
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    Space has the unfortunate image of being a luxury when it should really be seen as a necessary form of research and exploration, for mining of resources if nothing else. Working with other agencies can make it cheaper in the long run but there are costs that occur because of all of the red national security type tape that must be crossed in order to put some of each countries newest and best technology up in space plugged into other nations stuff.

    I agree that there should be more collaboration as space exploration could certainly use the boost but given the undercurrents of mistrust between some of the places involved I don't think that it will happen on a much larger scale for a while.
  9. mark's Avatar
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    Cheers dude that's a great help. The guy just called and i'm gonna do it sunday morning - that's the broadband, wireless, TV and anything else that's to be done.
  10. localzuk's Avatar
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    Right, each point in order:

    The box arrives simply with the powerline adapters. You plug them in, and the cat5 into each end (one into the vbox and one into the hub). The V-Box takes about 15 minutes to set itself up, restarting a few times.

    The programs available are in packs, namely TV, Music, Kids and Sport. Each one costs 6 or the full pack is 14. (I believe). I chose just the TV pack, which allows free access to the full range of tv shows in the On demand TV menu. You can also pay for movies simply by selecting them in the movies section. Transformers cost me 2.99 for 24 hours. A bit pricey I'll admit.

    The VOIP phone simply is a second line. No fancy costs etc... Just free evening and weekend calls to national and local numbers. It works just like a normal line - the phone defaults to calling out via the VOIP line AFAIK.

    Without being in a digital TV area, the box is kinda wasted. And it is doubly pointless if you have sky.
  11. mark's Avatar
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    Just got a customer who's ordered this and want's me to go round and install it for them this week - so any tips gratefully received!
    It's a teacher, and they have little clue about what they've actually signed up for. They wanted to connect 2 PCs and a wireless laptop so I advised to wait for the kit to see what it came with. So they went and bought some wireless PCI cards! The kit arrived with a pair of Powerline adaptors like you got. I read you can get matching ones from eBay cheapest.

    We're not in a freeview area (until late next year - no signal at all now), so on BT-Vision they'll only be able to download content. So is all that free for 6 months? Do you have to pay for any programs? I thought not all were free? /even on the trial?

    Their maximum broadband speed is 3Mb so not as good as yours. They're getting the VIOP phone tho' are very confused about what it does - BT-India aren't alot of help either - he asked a 'technical' person if he would be able to call America for free, and they said they didn't know!

    People on the Digital Spy forums have posted conflicting information about how the VOIP phone works. Some say that phone only works with incoming broadband calls, and your land line with regular calls, and every other permutation from that.

    The guy already has Sky, and would've been far better off with Sky+ with their new 26 all inclusive deal IMHO - rather than this deal @ 28cpm plus Sky @ 18cpm -- the guys a real scrooge normally.

    I've no idea which package he has, if there are choices. It's hard enough trying to work out the basics.

    I'm off to his house in the next couple of nights so wish me luck!!
  12. localzuk's Avatar
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    I'm on BT Total Broadband Option 3, 24.99 a month. And after the 6 month period the BT Vision will cost me 6 a month for the TV pack + any movie rentals.

    Oh and I signed up for the service when they were giving out the colour phones rather than the new cheaper black and white phones.
  13. Domino's Avatar
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    so which broadband package are you on? and how much is it costing you all-in all?
  14. mark's Avatar
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    Get me one while you're at it - I can't be doing with the hassle either!
  15. mark's Avatar
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    k thanks
  16. Joanne's Avatar
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    just a phone call here and there and an odd e-mail... so nothing too drastic. GAH! Just want another job!!
  17. localzuk's Avatar
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    Lol, it depends. If you're going round and knocking on their doors at night then you may be seen as a bit too keen. If you are calling up every few days then that may be ok. There's a thin line between keenness and insanity :P
  18. Joanne's Avatar
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    he sits there staring at you and looks generally grumpy. Normally he hops about his cage twittering you see.

    My chirpies has a big personality!! (or maybe its all in my head!)
  19. Joanne's Avatar
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    I keep harassing the people who I have applied to asking them where they are up to and stuff... is that a bad thing? or does it show I'm keen?? :P
  20. localzuk's Avatar
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    Yeah, I hated looking for jobs too. I applied for jobs with my existing employer, knowing I already had the skills, and knowledge of the university but they didn't even respond to me.

    I ended up moving 300 miles to the opposite end of the country, pretty much killing my relationship at the same time.

    Well, good luck with your other possibilities!!