Originally Posted by slprp1
Thanks for the input!
If the servers aren't down, then should it really matter which phone number I'm using? The 718 and 347 numbers I have access to may even feed off the same server as the 212 numbers.
Unfortunately, I'm unable to switch to the 212 numbers, since no matter what I do, I can't connect.
You're using AT&T pots service (which is actually Verizon lines). I'm using TWC digital phone and my friend is using Fios digital phone. What confuses me is what is the likelihood that both of them made changes (simultaneously) that may be interfering with the modems in these units?
I get the impression that if I connected my unit to a pots line it would dial out successfully.
VOIP phone service will more likely fail to work with old modems and fax machines. It's just the conversion of sound to IP packets and the reconstruction of the data on the other end. Look at is this way. VOIP (Your TWC Phone Service) is like a low-bitrate mp3 audio file. You need uncompressed wav.
This remains a serious problem for me!
Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance!
Getting your dial-up only unit to work with broadband is probably more trouble than its worth. Since you write that you are on a fixed income, here is what I recommend.
1. Sign-up for TWC Everyday low cost internet... $15/mo. for 2 Mbps. Way fast enough for anything you will need. (I had their Lite Internet - 1 Mbps, and had NO ISSUES what-so-ever with speed for what I needed to do -- and yes, I streamed to a Roku over that connection)
2. Get yourself a MagicJack Plus. ($30 / year or something) When it arrives, have your existing phone number ported to the Magic Jack. If you don't mind a new number, just get a new number.
3. Cancel your TWC phone service.
You will then have broadband internet, and phone service at home for less than $20 / mo. Maybe a little more if you need to rent a modem from TWC. You may wish to invest in a cheap router and buy a modem so you need not rent one.
Do you use TWC for TV?
You can also buy 5000 series RTVs for almost nothing, and just use them via broadband.
The more copper gets replaced by fiber and VOIP, the less stable modems and faxes will be.