Keyspan VOIP Phone Offers Good Coverage

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-10-29 Print this article Print

Review: eWEEK Labs was pleasantly surprised by Keyspan's Cordless VOIP Phone coverage, as it maintained clear calls as far as 80 feet from our base station.

Unlike the other Skype phones we looked at, Keyspans $79 Cordless VOIP Phone is not a Wi-Fi device.

Instead, the device (Model VP-24A) is really just a handset that connects wirelessly to a PC with Skype installed.

To get the wireless working, we needed to connect to a PC with a small USB transmitter/receiver dongle that uses the 2.4GHz radio band (but not Wi-Fi).
Enterprises can no longer ignore Skype. Click here to read more. Given the form factor, we were pleasantly surprised by the coverage this solution afforded: We maintained clear and understandable calls as far as 80 feet from our base station.

Using the controls on the handset, we could browse our contact list to make calls, directly dial the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) via SkypeOut or receive incoming calls. While the VP-24As backlit monochrome screen isnt much to look at, the device is quite simple to use. Best of all: Keyspan provides software and drivers for both Windows and the Macintosh.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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