|Volume 4 Issue 9||September 2010|
|In This Issue|
|Finally! Cordless phones that don't block your wireless computer|
|I recommend: Gary Jorgensen, Car-buying/selling Consultant|
Also, I recently bought a new car and sold my old car with the help of a wonderful car consultant, whom I highly recommend. See below for the full story.
|Finally! Cordless phones that don't block your wireless computer |
They're two wonderful devices, very useful and convenient, and they worked well together for years. You probably use both of them in your home and office. Who knew that cordless phones and wireless computer networks would eventually end up in conflict?
It happened to me
For years I had a Uniden model EXI976C (http://www.uniden.com/products/productdetail.cfm?product=EXI976C), a very popular older cordless phone that used the 900mhz radio frequency to communicate with its base station. When I set up my wireless computer network, I bought a Netgear WGT624v3 (http://kb.netgear.com/app/products/model/a_id/2595), a wireless router that uses the 2.4Ghz radio frequency. You could think of it as my "internet base station." Since they were on different frequencies, my cordless phone and my wireless computers coexisted peacefully.
Eventually I decided to get a newer cordless phone, the Plantronics model CT12 (http://www.plantronics.com/north_america/en_US/products/home/telephone-headset-systems/ct12) that had more features than my 900mhz phone. Since it was a 2.4Ghz phone, I knew there was a risk that it might interfere with my wireless computers. However, since my router gave me a choice of 11 different channels within that frequency, I was confident that I could keep the two devices from interfering with each other by adjusting my router accordingly.
Unfortunately, unlike my router, this phone wasn't designed to "play nice." Whether I was making or answering a call, it knocked my computers off their wireless connections almost every time I picked it up. (I think it scanned through all of the channels on the 2.4Ghz frequency as if it owned the place!) I finally gave it to a friend (who didn't have a wireless network) and went back to my trusty 900mhz phone.
The next cordless phone choice
The next generation of cordless phones used the 5.8Ghz frequency. At first this seemed like a great solution because these phone didn't interfere with wireless networks. However, most of the models I tried had a much shorter transmission range than the previous types. It's very frustrating to walk into the next room and have the phone conversation fade into fuzzy static!
Finally, a better cordless phone technology
A few years ago another type of cordless phone was developed. Phones using DECT 6.0 technology (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) operate on the 1.9Ghz frequency, which not only avoids interference with wireless computer networks but also gives them very good range.
I recently bought a DECT 6.0 phone, an AT&T model SL82318 (http://telephones.att.com/att/index.cfm/product-detail/?ProductID=26), and it's working well in both regards. This is also an interesting type of product because:
If you're thinking about buying a cordless phone, ask yourself if you need:
Where to go from here
If you have any comments about this article, send me a reply!
If you have a topic that you'd like me to write about, I'd love to hear about it!
|I recommend: Gary Jorgensen, Car-buying/selling Consultant |
In this section of my newsletter I will sometimes recommend trusted colleagues and other times I'll suggest useful products and software. Today's recommendation is:
It was early August, 2010. For the past 7 years I had been driving a used white 1996 Volvo 850 station wagon. It was a great car--easy to drive, comfortable, with enormous cargo room. It also got less than 20 miles per gallon, and the repair bills were starting to add up. It was time to replace it with a new (or newer) car, but I dreaded dealing with the inevitable pressure and complexity of the typical car-buying process.
Luckily I happened to mention this to my colleague Adam Frost. He said, "Martin, You've got to call my 'car guy'! He found me a great car, and he was a joy to work with!" On this recommendation I contacted Gary Jorgensen, and embarked on a completely different car-buying (and selling) experience.
Gary helped me identify and buy my new car:
To buy or lease a new car: $600 fixed fee, regards of the value of the car
To buy or sell a used car:
$350 fixed fee to buy or sell a used car valued up to $5,000
$600 fixed fee to buy or sell a used car valued $5,000 to $10,000
$1,000 fixed fee to buy or sell a used car valued over $10,000
However, if he finds that he can't save you any money over what you could buy yourself without his help, you still get his best advice and legwork, and his fee is $0.
In my case he charged me:
$600 fixed fee for helping to buy my new car, and
$350 fixed fee for helping to sell my old car.
It was a pleasure working with a consultant with such a high level of knowledge, service, experience, patience, and respect. Don't be fooled by his low-key demeanor, Gary is a first-class professional, and well worth what he charges.
So, what did Gary help me buy? A new silver 2010 Scion xD hatchback, made by Toyota. While I can no longer fit a family of four and their furniture in the back, it's just what I was looking for: a great hatchback with decent cargo room that gets good mileage. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scion_xD for more info. And, Adam is very happy with the used silver Taurus wagon Gary found for him. It has a rumble seat in the back so his kids can invite their friends along on outings to the zoo.
Here's how to contact Gary:
(617) 755-2875 cell
Tell him I sent you!
How to contact me:
phone: (617) 484-6657
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