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Caller ID on television with TiVo Roamio & Premiere / caller ID on TV without cable

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by HiFi777, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. morac

    morac Cat God

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    I currently use Ooma and have used Comcast in the past and Comcast is better (much less latency, includes text messaging, caller ID sent to phone app, etc), it's just not $30 a month better.
     
  2. CharlesH

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    911 works just fine with Comcast VoIP service. When you set up the account, they go to extra effort to make sure that the address of the service is set up for the phone line for 911 reporting. The main problem I have with the Comcast VoIP service is that they seem to have NO backup in the case of power outages. When the power goes out, the VoIP (and the rest of my Internet and TV service) instantly goes out, even though the modem has a battery for the explicit purpose of keeping the VoIP up, and besides that, I have it on a UPS. So I have to contact my power company about on the outage with my cell phone.
     
  3. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Blame the regulators at the FCC for not requiring that of the cable companies' telephone service the way they require it of the traditional POTS.
     
  4. DeltaOne

    DeltaOne Mount Airy, MD

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    One Comcast agent almost talked me into adding phone service to my TV and Internet service with a low monthly rate. But it was a teaser rate and would have expired in 12 or 24 months. After that it would have been more expensive than my metered POTS line from Verizon.

    You bring up a good point though -- the 100% uptime for POTS is a great feature.
     
  5. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Enjoy it while it lasts. That feature will be gone in a few more years.
     
  6. lessd

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    My Comcast unit has a battery phone backup built in, don't how long it would last because I have a home generator that goes on in about 20 seconds after a power loss, never had a call interrupted by a power loss. We did have a big Oct 2011 storm that took power out for a week, all tel service was also down as both cables and POTS were taken out by falling trees, my cell still worked. My cable (and Comcast tel) was back in about 4 days but friends with POTS were out almost the full week.
     
  7. mpnret

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    We had the same storm with the same outages. Generator kept most things going but still no cable. What was nice about having my landline with Teleblend VOIP was the ability to log on from the cell phone and forward all my calls to the cell.
    I look at Comcast phone service everytime I get one of those super triple play offers but always find their phone service coming up short on features. I always hear complaints with their low limit on selective call blocking when most carriers are unlimited or at least higher than most need.
     
  8. morac

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    Comcast is supposed to have battery backups to keep the phone service up on their end. In my experience, they let those batteries die and never replace them. You can try calling them to have them replace their equipment's batteries or filing a complaint with the FCC.
     
  9. lessd

    lessd Active Member

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    There is a battery light on the panel that light up when the battery is fully charged, if it does not charge Comcast should replace the battery in your home.
     
  10. morac

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    I talking about the battery back on in Comcast's own equipment (outside your home) such as the nodes and the like.

    Having a battery back up on the modem is useless if all the equipment the modem is supposed to talk to isn't on battery backup.

    By the way, I have the same problem in my area. My modem is on a UPS, but if there's a power outage all the lights start blinking as if there's a cable outage.
     
  11. CharlesH

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    That was also my point. When there is a power outage, my home network is up and happy due to my UPS, but there is no Internet connectivity (or TV or VoIP). And it's not like batteries have been exhausted after some number of hours; it is instantaneous with the power outage. My backup phone line with the real phone company still works just fine.
     
  12. lessd

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    This problem is not true in Hartford CT with Comcast, as I had cable and phone with almost all power outages (I do have a home generator), in the Oct 11 storm when trees fell and took out all cables I did have a loss of all cable services, but the cable came back on in about 4 days, the power took 7 days.
     
  13. zalusky

    zalusky Active Member TCF Club

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    I think a better solution is for Tivo to enhance their box to support Notifications similar to the the iPhone. Caller ID could be done by hooking up a separate box that monitors the caller ID and then does a Tivo Notify. You could even have whitelist/blacklist capabilities.

    I can see other notifications such as favorite shows coming up or get off the Sofa and get to that doctors appt.

    Not everybody would want them and I certainly would not want spam but if only I were in control to what notifications to subscribe to, I could see it having a lot interesting possibilities.
     

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