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Airplane777

join:2004-06-20

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MagicJack connect to ethernet ?

Is it easy to convert the MagicJack USB plug over to ethernet, and plug it into an ethernet jack?

I have easy access to an ethernet jack, but not a usb. So I was hoping there is some kind of converter plug that will allow the Magic Jack usb plug to be converted over to ethernet, and plug that in.

Thanks much

brawney
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join:2002-03-02
Frederick, MD
kudos:1
said by Airplane777:

Is it easy to convert the MagicJack USB plug over to ethernet, and plug it into an ethernet jack?
Nope. You have to plug it into a computer, load the software on the computer and the computer must remain turned on, logged in and running the software.

Airplane777

join:2004-06-20

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Thanks for your reply.

I thought I read somewhere that MJ will be coming out with a device with memory, so that a computer doesn't need to be turned on. Kind of like the Radio Shack adapter I use with Vonage.

With my little Radio Shack device (about 4" x 4" x 1"), my computer doesn't have to be turned on. I don't even need a computer. I just plug the RS device into one of my router switch ports. I was hoping MJ would have something like that coming out soon.

I would probabaly switch over to MJ if I didn't need to have my computer turned on all the time to make MJ work.

brawney
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join:2002-03-02
Frederick, MD
kudos:1
Yeah, you're talking about a terminal adapter (»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_tel···_adapter). That is a typical VoIP setup, but not with the MJ. Thats one of the big drawbacks of MJ in many people's opinion.

I haven't heard that they'll be coming out with new hardware. That would be nice. There used to be a way to hack up a setup and use a TA, but from what I understand MJ has blocked that from working anymore.

amigo_boy

join:2005-07-22
reply to Airplane777
said by Airplane777:

I thought I read somewhere that MJ will be coming out with a device ...
We've been reading about that (and a Linux softphone) for over a year. A "femtocell" was announced 6-9 months ago. It was supposed to be released by now.

Anything you read as "news" coming from MJ, don't believe it.

Mark

Airplane777

join:2004-06-20
Hi guys:

Yep...that is a drawback, not having a TA. How can it hurt MJ for people to have a TA?

I guess I'll just stay with Vonage, until MJ gets a TA.

Thanks

andre2

join:2005-08-24
Brookline, MA

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It's part of their business model. To deliver ads, they need people to be using a PC. If an ATA option was offered, it would cost more - although many would be willing to pay, depending on the price.

Edit: Another reason requiring a PC makes it cheaper is that it means lower usage, since most people don't leave their PC on 24/7. It's possible to get around that (and avoid seeing ads) by getting a thin client, but most people don't bother.

Airplane777

join:2004-06-20
I didn't think about the ad part.