Which digital cordless phones in the UK play well with an AirPort network?

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  1. applemax macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    I'm looking at buying a cordless digital phone (sans answerphone) in the UK. Thing is, my house is teaming with Airport signals from 5 base stations (mixture of b + g + n). Can anyone recommend a phone that plays well (from knowledge, or even better, personal experience). Also, it'd be nice if the phone was good. Thanks for your help - Google couldn't help me too well! :D
     
  2. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but 802.11b/g operate on a 2.4Ghz frequency and 802.11n works on a 5GHz frequency. I have a Uniden 5.8GHz cordless phone that works well but I don't have a wireless-n network to test it with. Maybe an older 900MHz phone would fit the bill?

    Do a Google search for 1.8GHz phones.
     
  3. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's what I thought. Except, in the UK, they don't advertise the frequency on the phones. At least as far as I can tell, they don't.
     
  4. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    I was doing some reading on DECT cordless phones that use the 1.8GHz frequency.

    Wikipedia article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DECT

    Some phones on Amazon:
    http://amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_nr_n_0?ie=UTF8&rs=10395271&keywords=cordless%20phone&rh=n%3A560798%2Ck%3Acordless%20phone%2Cn%3A560820%2Cn%3A10395271%2Cn%3A356490011

    It is strange that there is no mention what what frequencies the phones use. I will probably be upgrading to an 802.11n router sometime so I will be facing the same issue soon. Good luck with finding the right one though.
     
  5. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Looking at the Wikipedia article, it comes across that a DECT phone is a national standard. And all of them are below the 2Ghz spectrum - I think :D
     
  6. SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

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    Good point, I guess anything lower than 2.0GHz would theoretically work then? Are all UK cordless phones already at or below that point?
     
  7. applemax thread starter macrumors 65816

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    According to Wikipedia - (so not 100% trustworthy :D)

    Interference-free wireless operation to around 100 metres outdoors. Operates clearly in common congested domestic radio traffic situations. For instance, generally immune to interference from WiFi or video senders.

    Frequency: 1880-1900 MHz in Europe, 1920-1930MHz in the US

    So thats 1.8 - 1.9GHz

    Wi-Fi is 2.4Ghz upwards.

    Hope this helps! :)
     

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