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4G Versus Copper-Wire Broadband

18 May 2020 16:33:04

With copper wire broadband being so slow in my area I've been looking at other methods of connecting to the Internet. Finally settled on 4G using a Three Mobile SIM and a Huawei E5180 Router.

I've had some interesting results getting up to 25 Mbps download and up to 5Mbps upload speeds but speeds vary. First off this clever little box has a CAT5 (RJ45) socket meaning I could connect a laptop directly into it making speeds superior to the Wi-Fi connection. The second socket is RJ11, this allows co...

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Corona Virus Busting Phone Systems

17 Apr 2020 15:04:56

 

 What you Get                               Fanvil X4

10 x Quality VoIP handsets all programmed ready to work, these include visual indication of the other 9 users status, Green for go and Red for busy.  You have the ability to take a phone call and transfer to a colleague with nice music on hold. 

If they're busy you may transfer to their voicemail instead or if you like hit the Conference button, you, the client and you colleague can talk together, slick, professional and all included !.

Weekly staff mee...

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If you need to work from home due to the Corona virus you will be pleased at avoiding the daily trip to the office. Take my word for it when I say home-working is fantastic ….for a few days, then cabin fever can kick in. Thing is if you’re doing this for a longer period there’s a few rules to ensure you are still productive whilst enjoying the luxury of that extra half hour in bed.  Remote working varies by person and job. I’ve worked remotely since 2008, It really works for me, but your experi...

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How to set up at home using VoIP.

9 Mar 2020 16:05:41



Setting up at Home using VoIP, two flavours Wired or Cordless


Wired VoIP Handset

 

Wired Desk Phone                                                     

1. Receive phone from Portel in the post (Hermes usually)

2.  Plug the supplied mains transformer into the phone and power up

3. Plug the supplied CAT5 lead into the phone and into your home Broadband router

4. Email your external IP address to Portel (www.whatsmyip.org), we will switch your phone on

5. The phone will burst into life

 

Outbound calls will have your office ...

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Due to current conditions you have to work from home, there’s a few options ranging from a quick ‘fix’ to using this as a great time to sort all your business telephony all in go.

 

Quick Fix

You have a traditional office phone system, it’s perfectly okay for what you need apart from no seamless home working.  You could have customers phone your mobile, you call customers via your home or mobile phone.  It’s not a great solution, doesn’t look very professional plus not everyone wants to give out th...

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Farewell to ISDN….Hello VoIP !!

13 Jan 2020 11:08:52


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With the imminent demise of ISDN2e and ISDN30e there’s a bit of a mud-stir happening in our world of telecommunications. There are literally thousands of Schools, Colleges and Companies large and small using one flavour or another of ISDN.  These are the facts you will need to know RIGHT NOW

 

History

Believe it or not I was working for Portel when ISDN arrived on the scene way back when.  Initially it was called DASS, then DASS2 (Digital Automatic Switch System) arriving over 6 copper wires at gr...

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Your business will now be aware by now that as the 2025 PSTN (Public Service Telephone Network) and ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) switch off draws closer, you’ll need to be making choices as to your future requirements. Often terminology can be confusing, i.e. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) & SIP! (Session initiated Protocol)

What’s is the difference between VoIP and SIP?

Often, we talk about VoIP and SIP as though they’re two totally different things but technically, they have a...

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Two-Way Radio

16 Nov 2018 09:26:31

It seems Portel have come full circle having started off back in 1981 supplying two-way radio to the Construction Industry now, due to repeated enquiries, we provide and maintain a range of radio's for Schools, Business, Construction and Security all at low prices compared with £600.00 per handset back in the 80's. This new range are less than a tenth of the price, starting at just £59.96 complete with rechargeable battery, sit in charger (USB or Mains) belt clip and hand lanyard as standard.  W...

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Personal Data
 
When your company becomes a customer/supplier of Portel AV Ltd. we will keep some data about you.  This includes some personal data which relates to a particular, named person or people.
 
What personal data do we hold?
Portel AV Ltd. will keep data about you in two ways:

  Paper records

A copy of your contract, which includes the name and address of your business, director’s name(s), signatures, and service charges.
Contact information, including personal and emergency contact details

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For many years it’s been taken as read to run a business means buying or renting a telephone system with telephone lines, either ISDN or analogue.

I remember when ISDN arrived, it was so flaky we set up another business to promote ISDN connected telephone systems, just in case it was a flop !. With millions of taxpayer pounds put into the development it eventually refined down to the product we know today. 

Like ISDN (due to be phased out starting about 2020) for me, VoIP was an embryonic product...

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