Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Once again, I'm in three places at once!

A few months back, I told my beloved and very progressive long distance company to take a hike, canceled a bunch of "services" on my local line, and signed up for BroadVoice voice-over-IP service. A few days later, a little tiny box called an ATA (that stands for Analog Telephone Adaptor, not any sort of IDE drive technology or airline) showed up, and after connecting it to my LAN and a phone, I was able to make unlimited calls to something like 21 countries for $19.99/month plus tax. Pretty spiffy, huh? For another buck and a half or so, I got a second number somewhere completely different.

Anyway, about 10 days ago, I noticed that I had no dial tone on that line. Couldn't figure out why. E-mailed them, but didn't get a reply, so I called instead. (On my cell, ugh, since I have no "normal" long-distance service now!) It took the tech and me (okay, that makes two techs) a while, but eventually he got me into the ATA's web-based administrative interface and I noticed that it had gotten confused and thought that its "gateway" was my router, rather than my DSL modem. Changed a .2 to a .1 and suddenly everything got very very happy again.

Especially me.

So now I once again have my plain ordinary local number in Hawaii... and my number in New Jersey, and my number in Chicago. Yay. I should get business cards printed up listing "branch offices" or something. :)

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