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7 hours ago, cort1977 said:

I think the copper will still exist in many places, the change is you will have to have a router to talk to the exchange and plug the phone in to that.

I think this will mean the end of being able to use the old rotary phones though?

Not if we go in the same direction as the US has done

 

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45 minutes ago, Saabnut said:

Yes, everything will be fine. Except it won't. In that article it says 2% of homes cannot currently access 10Mbps broadband, but offers no solution. Mobile is not an option for me. Starlink would be great, but at £100 a month is not practical. Still, we will see what happens.

I do not have connection to the internet via cable either. I use 4G connection via a route in the house. Mine you I am in the Spanish countryside. Still the connection can be a bit flaky. Speed is meant to be 20Mbps it has got as low as 0.17. Mainly because Spain.

Generally it is good enough to stream TV, Netflix, Prime WhatsApp. To day my watched a live stream of a funeral of a long time friend.

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3 hours ago, Gerrymcd said:

Fibre to the premises here. Fibre cable connects to a Huawei Modem. Has a couple of ethernet ports for your own router and a traditional BT connection for a phone.

My 8746g rotary works fine with it. Not sure what would happen if I had an alarm, or other phones wired in.PXL_20220107_163022638.thumb.jpg.fc804ba6fad3d2a3c890dcf87bc35632.jpg

Depends on the REN capability of the device. Most of ours are about 2.2 so you can fit two regular old phones and one fifth of a third before they won't ring properly.

A lot of alarm panels get really stroppy because the exchange provides you a very stable -48V supply when the line is picked up, with a quiescent of about -20V. A lot of these modern ones sag and only punch about -45V when picked up and the alarm goes into freak out mode that someone's tapping the line.

Also faxing can be a real crapshoot if they haven't got things set up right for it to work.

 

TL;DR:- it kinda works but some alarms don't like it, especially older ones

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This does worry me a bit too, not least because we don't have a mobile signal here at all (well you get one bar the odd time to trick you into using it, then it drops out mid call) and my internet is in the 5Mb/s range, so I would be shit out of luck.

Not to mention the years of giving people that as the main number. Still though we have an astonishing lack of scam calls here, one "microsoft" call about 5 years ago (i hope i didnt jinx it..)

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5 hours ago, MrBD said:

This does worry me a bit too, not least because we don't have a mobile signal here at all (well you get one bar the odd time to trick you into using it, then it drops out mid call) and my internet is in the 5Mb/s range, so I would be shit out of luck.

Not to mention the years of giving people that as the main number. Still though we have an astonishing lack of scam calls here, one "microsoft" call about 5 years ago (i hope i didnt jinx it..)

Oh, but one thing I did do when we were testing the VoIP phones- I took out old test machine with an Intel external dial-up modem and tested it dialing in.

On the regular landline I maxed out at about 42kbps after screwing with the line gain on the back end of the switch (something average punters don't get to do) but on the VoIP phone it connected with a solid 56kbps and worked flawlessly.

 

So yeah, you can do dial-up over fiber and it works well. #pointless

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17 hours ago, Saabnut said:

Yes, everything will be fine. Except it won't. In that article it says 2% of homes cannot currently access 10Mbps broadband, but offers no solution. Mobile is not an option for me. Starlink would be great, but at £100 a month is not practical. Still, we will see what happens.

My parents have broadband but I doubt BT likes it. It reaches about 1mbps at maximum and breaks a few times a year, requiring days of men from BT Openreach digging up fields each time. 

On top of that, they pay about 35p a month because that's what the provider has been charging for years and we don't know why 

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22 hours ago, High Jetter said:

If landlines cease to be, what happens to alarm monitoring during power-cuts?

Read the various links about de-communication of the countryside in the above post. All will be explained.

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Rolling into Hastings for fish and chips then spent the night in the van. Bit chilly this morning though lovely veiw.

Stopped for more coffee and sausage sandwich in Marden on way home happy days. 
 

Holidays seem few and far between so good to get away if just for the night. 

 

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Sorting out junk in the attic.

Found this. documentation for a Peugeot 405 4x4GL I had the pleasure of driving for a number of months. I did not like the fuel consumption,  but loved the handling.

MOT history and the last change of details was in Feb 2001.  Looks like it only lasted 12 years. The car delivery company, who delivered the car from Peugeot to my place of work, no longer exists.

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