by Chris | Oct 26, 2022 | General, Networking
What is the PSTN and ISDN Switch Off?
The traditional telephony network, the Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN), will reach the end of life in December 2025, meaning the network will be switched off and services will no longer be supported.
The PSTN also supports the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) which is the network that supports broadband, allowing both voice and data services to be delivered over digital lines simultaneously. This will also be switched off, meaning you will need to look into alternative broadband services as well as voice.
What is affected by the switch off?
In addition to the telephony products affected by the withdrawal of the PSTN, a number of connectivity services will also be withdrawn, including Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Lines (ADSL) and Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) broadband.
This is because the underlying line product is being withdrawn, therefore there is no underlying telephone service to support the broadband.
Does this effect me?
If you are still using a traditional landline and or haven’t changed your broadband recently from FTTC/ADSL you are effected by this. If you are unsure ask your broadband provider or a recent bill. If it says FTTC or ADSL or you are paying per call you are on PSTN/ISDN and should look at moving in the near future.
If you do not move you will be looking a reduced service and paying more for the same service.
What are the benfits of upgrading to non-pstn/isdn sERVICES
Here is a quick list of benfits or why you should move sooner rather than later;
- Cheaper calls
- Flexible phone system
- Easily customisable
- Intergation with modem systems
- No physical handset required, can use your smartphone or desktop
- Global phonebook
- Can keep existing numbers
- Easy change and get new numbers
- 30 Day contract or 3 Years lease for hardware at very reasonable prices
- Better speeds
- No reducation in service unlike old service which will have a reducation until they are disconnected in 2025
- Same cost/cheaper with a much better responsive time from Openreach
- Can be installed along side existing line with little or no interpulation
- 30 Day contract for broadband
I am sold what next?
Contact us and we can send you a quote or look at some our infomation on our website about VOIP and broadband.
by Brahim | Feb 2, 2017 | Microsoft, Networking
On numerous occasions in recent months, laptops and devices running Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 have been encountering the same wireless network issue. It might be that you have switched on your laptop, connected to your wireless network and noticed that you have no Internet access. You have tried to “Troubleshoot problems” and then received the error message “Wi-Fi does not have a valid IP configuration”.
This issue can be resolved by taking the following steps:
- Right-click on the Start button on the bottom-left of your screen
- Select Device Manager from the list
- Once Device Manager opens, click on the arrow symbol or plus symbol beside Network adapters
- Within this list, one of the items will include the following keywords: “Wi-Fi network adapter/Wireless network adapter” or similar.
- Right-click on this particular item and click on Uninstall then press OK.
- Restart your laptop and then connect to your Wi-Fi as normal. You may be prompted to enter your Wi-Fi password and then you will be able to connect.
by Matt | Jun 29, 2016 | Networking
Polycom phones sometimes come preconfigured – perhaps you have tried accessing the advanced settings on your pre-owned Polycom VVX 410 phone and notice that the administrator password has been locked to its previous owner or provider. This guide will show you the definitive way to reset your Polycom phone to factory default settings. (Please be advised that this guide applies to Polycom VVX 300, 310, 400, and 410 phones).
- Step 1: Turn over the phone base and note down the 12-digit MAC address
- Step 2: Ensure that the phone is turned on
- Step 3: Press and hold the following numbers to reboot the phone: 0 1 3
- Step 4: During reboot, the phone will prompt you with an option to interrupt the boot process, do this by pressing Cancel
- Step 5: Press and hold the following numbers until you are prompted for an administrator password: 1 3 5
- Step 6: Enter the 12-digit MAC address in lowercase
After a few moments, the phone will carry out the reset to factory default settings. The administrator password will then be set to the following: 456
by Matt | Jun 15, 2016 | Networking
If you are using a Virgin Media SuperHub and need to setup an outbound VPN connection you will find out that it doesn’t work as VPN traffic is disabled by default on these routers.
To enable VPN you will need to logon to your Virgin Media SuperHub and do the following;
- Browse to your SuperHub’s IP Address (the default IP Address is 192.168.0.1) and log in with the admin details found on the back of the router.
- Go into “Advanced Settings” and click “Yes” to confirm you want access Advanced
- Choose “Firewall” from the list
- Click on “IPSec Pass-Through”, “PPTP Pass-Through” and “Multicast Pass-Through” on this page and then click “Yes” to confirm settings change
- Once done your VPN connection will work.