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Actually, seeing the new TPG plans, I think I'll move to them.

 

$50 for 120gb and shaped to 512/512, that's pretty darn cool.

 

How would I go about my phone line but? Can I churn or anything?

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You'll have to speak to TPG about the application process... but I doubt the alarm system is compatible with a naked DSL service. It'd need to connect into an ATA device to use data over VoIP and even then it'd only work at a very slow speed and reliability would be questionable. (and it's probably still not a good idea due to a number of other issues including the requirement for all your network gear to have power backup)

 

You could also look into whether your alarm system supports a GSM module for dialing out.

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Eh O_O I didn't know alarm systems were that.. Complicated? Well I don't think I'll be going naked now, given the status of TPG's plans.

 

Think I might connect to telstra for my home phone then TPG for my ADSL2+. Sounds alright, right?

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Think I might connect to telstra for my home phone then TPG for my ADSL2+. Sounds alright, right?

Generally, minus the part about Telstra and TPG, yeah.

 

But regardless of who your provider is (and normal ADSL2+ should be fine) you will need to ensure the alarm system is connected properly. A mode 3 alarm system should typically be the first device on the line, before the splitter. This means if the alarm dials out, it will potentially kill the ADSL connection. The best solution is a specialised filter designed to work with such an alarm system - the company who provided the alarm system should know how to deal with this.

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Hmm, is there a way to check this out yourself? Or are these the phone lines that are running underground and can't be accessed? 'Cos if the alarm system is already first on the line, I rather not hassle any of the companies in regards to it.

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The alarm system is likely to be connected just after the point of entry into the building (where the phone line comes into the street) - probably in the ceiling/wall/under the floor or (hopefully not) in a box on the wall outside.

 

If it works and you're willing to live with it then it will probably still need a filter between the line and the alarm but the only impact will be that if it dials out (and it may do this periodically) your ADSL connection may go down while it's using the line.

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Oh I see. It wouldn't matter when I get the filter installed right? Is there a way to see if it does dial out periodically?

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Oh I see. It wouldn't matter when I get the filter installed right? Is there a way to see if it does dial out periodically?

Does it matter to you? If the filter is installed then it should only drop the connection when it dials out (and possibly if it receives a call).

 

I'm sure there is - RTFM or ask whomever installed it or manages it.

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Right. Well, my dad said that my alarm system doesn't dial out. Since my system is fairly old.

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