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Zoom X5v ADSL modem/router Review

First Impressions

I bought the folloing kit ‘X5v Integrated VoIP Solution with bundled Global Village service – Model 5565′ after reading the review on adslguide.org

The first thing I did was check the firmware version and then I downloaded the latest firmware:-

X5v Firmware .exe

…..and flashed it.

Leaving VOIP on the back burner for a second, the ADSL router/firewall was a doddle to setup. I plugged my Wireless access point into it and I was working within seconds.

I can’t see anywhere to setup DHCP reservations and I need to get tracert working configured to work too. Web interfce is a little slow, but straightforward

Now onto VOIP.

Out of the box Zoom configure this with GlobalVillage, however they do NOT tie you to this. Click on Advaced VOIP settings and uncheck the automatic configuration button and you’re away and free to setup the router with whomever you want. I had it working with Sipgate within minutes and then reconfigured ot for VOIP user just as quickly. I’ve appended my configurations to this review, incase you want to setup this router with sipgate or VOIP User.

It would have been nice to have support for multiple SIP providers, eg use sipgate for incoming and say VOIPBuster or VOIP User for outgoing. But unfortunately it doesn’t!

The Zoom teleport feature is superb – I have a DECT base station plugged into the back, serving 4 phones with both normal PSTN and VOIP (By using the # prefix).

Only drawback with DECT is that once on the DECT phone you cannot make another call on another DECT handset.

In my house I have a DECT basestation connected to the router. VOIP is only available on the DECT Handsets. PSTN is also available on these handsets. I have 2 normal phones, connected to my incming line and not through the router. I can only make PSTN calls with these.

To summarise:

If I receive a PSTN call on the DECT phone, I CANNOT make a VOIP call.

If I receive a PSTN call on a one of my normal phones, I CAN make a VOIP call on a DECT handset.

If I receive a VOIP Call on the DECT Phone, I CAN make a simultaneous PSTN call on my normal phone, but I CANNOT make a simultaneous VOIP or PSTN call on another DECT Handset.

I hope thats clear!

Overall based on features/Performance I would give the Zoom x5v a 4 out of 5 and for the price I paid (£34 inc vat & P&P) a 5 out of 5.

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