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Old 05-08-2014   #16 (permalink)
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Speed is usually not the key to good voice over. It's stability of connection, packet loss etc.
Any way/where you know of to measure any of those factors?
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Old 05-08-2014   #17 (permalink)
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Any way/where you know of to measure any of those factors?
Maybe read my first post on this thread (Message #5 above) "There are some websites out there that allow you to do VOIP tests on your connection to check not only speed; https://www.megapath.com/speedtestplus/."
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Okay, so I'm hearing a preference for Cablemas over Telmex? Any particular reason?

What about renting apartments with "internet included", would it likely be a shared router among tenants or otherwise problematic?

@nobbish: Thanks for the info. A voip phone would be good for most of my needs, but there is that occasional pesky client that just wants to see my face. French guys, what can I say...
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Excellent comment from reddogmax, couldn't agree more. I've been using PW and Telmex for a while and quality of service varies so I keep both as a backup.

For instance, Telmex has been very good for months and this week we had lots of cutoffs. PW is optimized for Skype, but their network fails more often than Telmex.

In general, I would say that Cablemas, Telmex or Playa Wireless will serve you well for Skype, but you should expect problems once in a while. Most of your clients won't have any problems, and when you get an outage you can say they're working on the internet service or whatever

It freaked me out when I first moved here but I've learned to live with it, and I've seen people in the US on fiber internet get jittery calls so it's not just a local problem.
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Excellent comment from reddogmax, couldn't agree more. I've been using PW and Telmex for a while and quality of service varies so I keep both as a backup.

For instance, Telmex has been very good for months and this week we had lots of cutoffs. PW is optimized for Skype, but their network fails more often than Telmex.

In general, I would say that Cablemas, Telmex or Playa Wireless will serve you well for Skype, but you should expect problems once in a while. Most of your clients won't have any problems, and when you get an outage you can say they're working on the internet service or whatever

It freaked me out when I first moved here but I've learned to live with it, and I've seen people in the US on fiber internet get jittery calls so it's not just a local problem.
Hey Francis, thanks for the feedback . If I get an outage I'll have to call the client from my cell which will likely cost a pretty peso. I'm a trainer so if I'm booked for a session I can't just fail to show up.

Is there any use having a landline with a long-distance package? Or do you know of any good long-distance plan for cells (calls are mostly to France, sometimes Monaco, Switzerland, Spain or Italy)?
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I don't think they have any plans for Europe (Telcel doesn't even have one for the US). Personally I would just get a 2nd internet as a backup.
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I don't think they have any plans for Europe (Telcel doesn't even have one for the US). Personally I would just get a 2nd internet as a backup.
That'll work providing they're never down at the same time and the electrical supply is consistent.
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Pranayama, no one can guarantee that. There are occasional electrical outages. The infrastructure is monumentally better than it used to be but if you need 100% reliability I think this is probably the wrong place to be.
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Pranayama, no one can guarantee that. There are occasional electrical outages. The infrastructure is monumentally better than it used to be but if you need 100% reliability I think this is probably the wrong place to be.
Well I'm about to find out .
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