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An interesting hardware problem

by Mysterioussubtleties / April 15, 2005 7:45 AM PDT

I've purchased a USB adapter that connects to a cordless phone. It is very similar to the RJ11 internet VOIP phone Adapter. It basically routs a signal from a cordless phone to the computer through the headphone and mic ports as well as a USB slot. While using the phone near the computer, the volume control works well and the peripheral behaves perfectly. The problem is when one wants to wander away from the computer with the cordless phone. The person on the other end experiences two very interesting problems; the first is that the volume they can hear from the person talking decreases extremely quickly which can be countered by turning up the volume on the computer (To a point), and the second is that small noises very far away from the phone are picked up extremely loudly. In other words while the person could yell into the phone and you couldn't hear them, you can literally hear a clock ticking from a different room. I've tested multiple phones and have determined that they are not the problem and the computer's volume control does very little to help with the second problem. To me it seems as if the adapter itself is mixing up which sound signals it is deciding to amplify and which to reproduce quietly. Any insight as to what could be done about this (types of drivers, other adapters, etc) would be extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Internet phone is a new thing,
by Melati Hitam / April 16, 2005 5:48 AM PDT

may be its not compatible with cordless yet... try using regular phone..

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by Willy / April 18, 2005 12:10 AM PDT

Check the VOIP support to see what cordless phones they recommend. Remember cheap is cheap. On top of all this you got a USB adapter to a cordless to a port and then you walk away, that's alot to chew on, technically. Besides the int. audio controls, see if any are available via the VOIP setup. I can only suggest you play further with it and VOIP is still new and one complaint that rings out(no pun) is the quality issue though its getting better.

tada -----Willy Happy

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