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Edit: Sorry, this started out as a simple question about WAPs, but turned in to a full blown query about my situation.

 

I have a question I thought I'd throw out here.

 

My boss wants to use a Cisco VOIP phone (SPA525G) from two different rooms.

 

It is powered via PoE.

 

This is for an apartment where running cables is going to be extremely difficult, and only one room is 'hooked-up'; in it there is a Wireless-N ADSL2+ router and a few switches, one of with provides PoE, (i.e., it's a home office with a few people squeezed in, but we wanna move the boss out in to another room when it's too squashed!).

 

There's no requirement for it to be totally mobile; I just need to be able to move it from room to room on a particular day.

 

It does have bluetooth support built in though, (i.e., for a wireless headset), but my boss is a bit iffy about them and doesn't want to use one.

 

Question:

 

- Should I get a wireless access point with PoE in the other room and just transfer the phone from room to room?

- Should I get a wireless headset and a phone 'lifter', and just tell him to get over his fear of bluetooth headsets?

 

With the former, I have another question. Rather than providing wireless connectivity, can I use a wireless access point to do the reverse and use the existing wireless connection and simply provide PoE, (i.e., to act like a physical cable)? I was looking at this model:

 

http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.p...2&sid=38662

 

With bluetooth headsets, do they even make them as proper headsets, (i.e., not the little single ear clippy things)?

 

Any help or advice is appreciated.

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http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral..._c78-508997.pdf

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) (802.11e)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/voice_ip_c...ip_user_low.pdf

So it can connect to the internet router via wifi.

The Cisco SPA 525G/525G2 phone is connected to the network through its

Ethernet connection or the built-in Wireless-G connection. If you are using the

Wireless-G connection, a separate power adapter (PA-100) is required.

So connect it via WLAN and use the PA-100 to power it. To move it simply unplug the PA-100 and shift it and the phone to the other room, plug the power back in and away you go.

 

Or he could replace the Cisco and router modem with a cordless voip phone and compatible router/modem like the

FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7390 plus MT-F DECT handset -

 

ADSL2+, NBN & 3G IPv6 router with 2 VoIP & 1 PSTN ports, DECT base-station, 4 Gigabit ports, dual 802.11n WiFi (2.4+5)

http://www.fritzbox.com.au/products.html

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Ha, didn't realise it had wireless built in, thanks for that!

 

We will probably do that for now; I'll see if I can find that power adapter, (haven't seen it, but it's probably stashed away somewhere).

 

Those FRITZ!Boxes look pretty awesome.

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NOTE The Cisco SPA 525G/525G2 does not ship with a power supply. If you are not using

Power over Ethernet (PoE), you must order the PA-100 power supply separately

from Cisco.

So unless the boss ordered one at the same time you won't have one stashed away.

Prices seem to vary a lot for the PA100 though

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search...a100&spos=1

Seems to be a simple 5VDC 2A switchmode power supply so you could even get a power supply from DSE, Jaycar or similar, so long as the output jack size and polarity match.

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Thanks for your help; all up and operational.

 

I have no idea how I managed to totally overlook the power socket on the 525G!

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Thanks for your help; all up and operational.

 

I have no idea how I managed to totally overlook the power socket on the 525G!

/shrug, probably just got used to seeing as a POE only device. It happens.

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Most of the Cisco phones let you use either/or, with the wall adaptor as an option rather than included.

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