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Netphone PSTN Failover on iiNet Modems

This article will teach you how to set up PSTN failover on compatible modems purchased from the iiNet Group.

Please note that the following VoIP-enabled modems supplied by iiNet do not support PSTN Failover: TG-789 Broadband Gateway, Cable Gateway Pro, NetComm NB16WV-02, VDSL Home Gateway (Huawei HG658), Huawei HG659.

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What is PSTN Failover?

"PSTN Failover" is a way of plugging in your modem and handset so it can make and receive both Home Phone (PSTN) and Netphone (VoIP) calls.

Our Budii and BoB range of modems have the smarts to recognise both your Home Phone and Netphone numbers, so it can route incoming calls for either number to the phone handset that's connected to your modem.

You can also make outgoing calls using either your Netphone or Home Phone service - see Using your Phone with PSTN Failover for more details.

All you need to do is to make sure the PHONE side of your line filter/splitter is connected to the special PSTN failover port on your modem. Please see the specific instructions we've prepared for our modems below.

 

What you’ll need

Before you get started, please make sure you've Set up your Netphone.

Hardware

  • A modem that supports PSTN failover.
  • An additional phone handset to plug into your modem. Some modems may include a handset you can use (i.e. Budii, BoB2).
  • A standard RJ11 phone cable.
  • An ADSL/ADSL2+ filter/splitter.

Services

  • An ADSL/ADSL2+ broadband service.
  • A Home Phone service.
  • A Netphone (VoIP) service.

 

PSTN Failover on TG-1 Broadband Gateway

  1. If you haven’t already done so, make sure your modem is plugged into the ADSL port of a line filter, and the line filter is plugged into your telephony wall socket.
     
  2. For PSTN failover to work, there must be a standard RJ11 phone cable connected to the PHONE port on your line filter, and the black PSTN port on the back of your modem.


     

  3. Once you’ve plugged in the cables for PSTN fail over, you’ll need to set up your VoIP service if you haven’t done so already.
     
  4. Once your VoIP service is set up, you’ll need to plug a standard phone handset into the green Phone port on the back of the modem.

    See Using your Phone with PSTN Failover to learn how your outgoing calls are made by default.

 

PSTN Failover on Budii Lite or Budii

  1. If you haven’t already done so, make sure your Budii/Budii Lite is plugged into the ADSL port of a line filter, and the line filter is plugged into your telephony wall socket.
     
  2. For PSTN failover to work, there must be a standard RJ11 phone cable connected to the PHONE port on your line filter, and the green PSTN port on the back of Budii/Budii Lite.


     

  3. Once you’ve plugged in the cables for PSTN fail over, you’ll need to set up your VoIP service if you haven’t done so already.
     
  4. Once your VoIP service is set up;

    Budii: you can use your Budii handset to make and receive calls. Alternatively, you can plug a standard phone handset into the black Netphone port on the back of Budii.

    Budii Lite: you’ll need to plug a standard phone handset into the black Netphone port on the back of Budii Lite.

    See Using your Phone with PSTN Failover to learn how your outgoing calls are made by default.

 

PSTN Failover on BoB2 or BoB Lite

  1. If you haven’t already done so, make sure your BoB2/BoB Lite is plugged into the ADSL port of a line filter, and the line filter is plugged into your telephony wall socket.
     
  2. For PSTN fail over to work, there must be a standard RJ11 phone cable connected to the PHONE port on your line filter, and the black PSTN failover port on the side of BoB2/BoB Lite.


     

  3. Once you’ve plugged in the cables for PSTN failover, you’ll need to set up your VoIP service if you haven’t done so already.
     
  4. Once your VoIP service is set up;

    BoB2: you can use your BoB2 handset to make and receive calls. Alternatively, you can plug a standard phone handset into the green Phone port on the side of BoB2.

    BoB Lite: you’ll need to plug a standard phone handset into the green Phone port on the side of BoB Lite.

    See Using your Phone with PSTN Failover to learn how your outgoing calls are made by default.

     

 

Using your phone with PSTN Failover

By default, outgoing calls will be made using your Netphone (VoIP) service.

In the event that your broadband or VoIP service is down, outgoing calls will be made using your Home Phone service - if this is the case, before you dial a number you'll hear an alert through the handset speaker that Home Phone rates will apply to the call. This default warning can be disabled in the modem settings of a Budii/BoB range modem, but we don't recommend it.

You can force a call to be made using your Home Phone service instead of the VoIP service by dialling ** before the phone number.

 

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