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#95251 by cjohnston
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:02 am
Are we limited to connecting cell phones and headsets to the Telo using Bluetooth connections or can we connect other Bluetooth devices to the Telo? I'm asking because I would like to be able to connect a bluetooth device(Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub) to my Telo so I could run a phone line from the device to my wall jack. My house is wired for 2 phone lines, but the Telo only lets me use one of my home phone lines. By adding the Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub to the mix, I would be able to connect a wire from the XLink hub into my second phone line jack. Does anyone know if, "in theory", this would or would not work? I would just be connecting to the Telo as a Bluetooth device instead of connecting to a cell phone. If this works, this would allow me to use both Ooma phone numbers with both phone lines that are wired in my house.

A link to the Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub is here: http://www.myxlink.com/products.aspx

Thanks for any feedback.
Charles
#95255 by cjohnston
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:01 pm
Thanks for the reply. Can you please tell me why Ooma could not act the same as a cell phone with bluetooth? It seems like the Xlink device only needs to get it's phone signal from a bluetooth device (usually a cell phone), but I would just be swapping the cell phone with the Ooma Telo which have the same features as a cell phone (bluetooth compatible, has a dial tone, originates and receives phone calls, etc.). So I'm curious about why the Xlink device would work with a cell phone and not Ooma.... I'm just trying to learn more about the devices... thanks for your help.

Charles
#95256 by lbmofo
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:21 pm
Charles, I don't know for sure but just a guess. I think Xlink and Ooma are meant to be masters controlling cell phones via bluetooth so wanting Xlink to be a master of Ooma (meant to be a master) won't work in my mind. But others who might have tried or know otherwise, please chime in.

If you already have this Xlink, you can sure try by putting Telo in discoverable mode and have Xlink find the Telo. You'll know soon enough.

https://www.ooma.com/app/support/bluetooth-setup-guide
#95259 by cjohnston
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:32 pm
Thanks again for the quick reply. I don't have the Xlink device yet. I'm hoping to get enough feedback to justify trying the configuration. I see the Xlink as being dependent on a cell phone or some other bluetooth device that can provide a dial tone (may be a Telo). So I see the Xlink as a slave and the cell phone or Telo as the master. What concerns me the most is that Ooma has a list of "compatible bluetooth devices" and they only list cell phones and headsets... nothing like what I am interested in. Hopefully there will be more feedback to this post.

Thanks again!
Charles
#95260 by lbmofo
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:13 pm
Get the Xlink BTTN for $20 more and for sure will work. Telo just provides the dialtone to it and from it, feed output to your wall.
#95265 by Cyberchat
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:50 pm
cjohnston wrote:Are we limited to connecting cell phones and headsets to the Telo using Bluetooth connections or can we connect other Bluetooth devices to the Telo? I'm asking because I would like to be able to connect a bluetooth device(Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub) to my Telo so I could run a phone line from the device to my wall jack. My house is wired for 2 phone lines, but the Telo only lets me use one of my home phone lines. By adding the Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub to the mix, I would be able to connect a wire from the XLink hub into my second phone line jack. Does anyone know if, "in theory", this would or would not work? I would just be connecting to the Telo as a Bluetooth device instead of connecting to a cell phone. If this works, this would allow me to use both Ooma phone numbers with both phone lines that are wired in my house.

A link to the Xtreme Tech XLink BT Cell Phone Hub is here: http://www.myxlink.com/products.aspx

Thanks for any feedback.
Charles


Charles,

To my knowledge, there aren't any physical wires or wireless signals exposed from the OOMA Telo which will allow you to separate two phone lines coming from an OOMA Telo into two discrete phone lines. Therefore I don't believe your premise to "allow me to use both Ooma phone numbers with both phone lines that are wired in my house" will work.

For our household, I've been able to accomplish two concurrent phone calls with a single OOMA Telo by using bluetooth to integrate a cell phone with the OOMA VOIP service. Please see the following forum topic for that discussion:

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=12290#p86091

As reported earlier in this message, using one OOMA Telo device you can't have two concurrent telephone calls in progress on two separate non-OOMA handset's. Two concurrent telephone calls on separate non-OOMA handsets require two OOMA Telo devices. Another option for two concurrent telephone calls is an OOMA telo with a non-OOMA handset attached for the first call and an OOMA Telo handset for the second call. Another option is two OOMA Telo handsets. If you have more than two OOMA Telo handsets connected to a single OOMA Telo, you can only have two concurrent telephone calls in progress which is the maximum supported by an OOMA Telo.

However, with some limitations, you 'can' use the second line of the Premier service even though you don't have an OOMA Telo Handset.

With a single OOMA Telo device and without the OOMA handset, its possible to have two phone calls in progress from one "single" non-OOMA handset and in fact its a standard feature of the OOMA Telo.

If you are on a call and a second call rings-in, you can use your non-OOMA handset's "flash" button to switch to the second incoming call. The first call is automatically placed on hold (of course you would want to let the first caller know you are putting them on hold). The second call will be answered and you can converse with the second caller. You can then use the non-OOMA handset's "flash" button to switch back and forth between the two calls.

If you hangup on one of the calls (use the clear/end key on your non-OOMA handset) and want to switch back to the other, the first time you press the "flash" key you will get an OOMA dial tone on the unused line (the one you just hung-up). At this OOMA dial tone point you can make another call while the other line is still on hold. If you don't make another call, a second "flash" returns you to the remaining in-progress call.

If in your installation you've placed the OOMA Telo at your work desk co-located with your non-OOMA handset, you can use the Line-1 and Line-2 on the Telo to switch between calls rather than the "flash" button on your non-OOMA handset.

Another variation is that its possible to conference two ongoing calls together into one call. To do this, you have to be physically located at the Telo device. To accomplish the conference call, when looking at the Telo device both the Line-1 and Line-2 buttons should be lit-up with a non-blue color indicating both lines are in use. Simply simultaneously press the Line-1 and Line-2 buttons and the two lines will now be in one conference call. Later, you can then press either Line button to return to break the conference call and return to separate calls on Line-1 and Line-2.

In our installation, we have an AT&T DECT-6.0 base station, four wireless remotes and a DECT-6.0 headset. The above procedures of managing the two OOMA Premier lines work equally as well at the base station or on each of the wireless remotes.
#95270 by cjohnston
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:14 pm
Thanks Cyberchat. I'm trying to understand how a cell phone can be used as a "Telo compatible bluetooth device" but an Xlink device might not work. It seems like the Xlink device could have all of the functionality of a cell phone, and since the Xlink device would allow me to run a phone line from the Xlink device to my house wall jack for my second phone line, I could support both phone lines in my house.

I appreciate your feedback.
Charles

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