I’ve been testing out the wifi dongle on the Ooma Telo Air for the past week to determine if this is a better solution than my netTalk Duo Wifi. When hard-wired, the netTalk is good, but not great. The wifi on the netTalk is almost unusable. For what it’s worth, the non-wifi netTalk has worked better for me.
I’ve had two issues with the wifi dongle. The first had to do with WPA2. For some reason, I couldn’t automatically add my WPA2 network. Whenever I tried to add it, the connection would immediately drop. When I manually added the same network, all was fine.
The second issue is the issue in this thread. If I reboot my router and the router doesn’t come back on-line fast enough, the Ooma wifi dongle will not automatically reconnect. I assigned a DHCP reservation for the Ooma wifi dongle on my router (Linksys EA6500) but the Ooma still won’t reconnect. I am left rebooting my Ooma, which is not acceptable to me.
I concur with a previous post. If I need to string Ethernet to accommodate the Ooma, what’s the advantage of this product versus others, specifically my existing netTalk device? Also, I know I can hard wire the Ooma to a wifi bridge, but how many devices do I really want hooked up to my phone? At some point, it’s a bit unsightly.
Maybe a firmware update will solve this issue. My firmware is from December 1, 2015. In the meantime, I think I’m returning my Ooma.
For what it’s worth, I have 3 netTalk devices and 1 Obi device that I use with PhonePower. Between netTalk, Ooma (only considering wifi) and PhonePower, the most reliable service - and most expensive - is by far PhonePower. Perhaps when it comes to VOIP providers, you get what you pay for.