Linksys iPhone CIT400
Dual-mode telephony to suit the home
- Dual-mode telephony, Easy to use
- Call clarity sometimes disappointing
The CIT400 is an intuitive dual-mode VoIP phone, combining ease of use with excellent functionality. While it has some flaws, it's a suitable VOIP solution for most home and small office situations.
Price$ 229.95 (AUD)
Linksys offers yet another excellent VoIP solution with the iPhone CIT400. Sitting at the top of the Linksys range, the CIT400 provides users with a dual-mode VoIP solution capable of transmitting calls over both Skype and a traditional landline. While it has some call clarity flaws, the phone is a good option if you are considering the transition from landline to VoIP telephony.
The use of Skype over other established VoIP networks such as MSN Messenger will suit users who already have a Skype account and contact list. For those who don't, however, account creation is simple. Given that Skype-to-Skype calls are free, there are clear advantages to the move to VoIP. The CIT400 eases the transition, allowing the use of both landline and VoIP telephony until the user has a comprehensive list of Skype contacts.
The CIT400 doesn't support Wi-Fi like the CIT200 , but it uses a base station and cordless phone setup. Given our past experience with some other Wi-Fi VoIP phones, the CIT400's design is preferable, particularly for a dual-mode setup. In order to use both simultaneously, the base station will have to be situated next to a router or modem, as well as an available telephone jack. The handset has a range of anywhere up to 50m indoors, making it an adequate for homes.
Setup is a largely automated process — the phone automatically retrieves data from the base station and is able to make landline phone calls almost immediately. Once Skype details are entered, Skype-to-Skype calls can be made. SkypeOut (calls to non-Skype numbers) can also be used provided the user has purchased Skype credits. A single base station can support up to four handsets. Individual handsets are also able to switch between several base stations, should the situation require it.
The handset's interface is quite easy to use. The menu resembles a standard mobile phone interface, and allows the user to control settings associated with both the base station and the handset. Skype contacts can be added from the handset, which can also double as a phonebook for traditional landline numbers. When dialling a landline number, the handset will give users the option of calling through SkypeOut or the landline. The phone can also send an alert to remind users of the amount of Skype credit that remains. Users need to access a computer to purchase more credits.
Call quality was acceptable but did have some issues. It should be kept in mind that the quality of service using VoIP is dependant on a number of factors, including the quality of your Internet connection. In landline-to-landline calls, the recipient's voice sounded slightly tinny. The recipient claimed that our voice sounded mechanical and quiet. In SkypeOut-to-landline calls, the tendency to accentuate high-range frequencies continued, with the addition of some static on the call. The recipient claimed that our voice was clearer and much easier to listen to. While there are certainly some inconsistencies in call clarity, the quality is sufficient enough for making calls of varying time lengths.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 3 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 4 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Wi-Fi Alliance introduces a certification program for new smart home construction
- Netgear expands its Orbi Wi-Fi system into a product family, adding two less-expensive models
- Chips coming by June will herald the next generation of Wi-Fi
- Plume's 'routerless' mesh network blankets your home in Wi-Fi with an army of tiny pods
- Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router goes all the way to 11
PCW Evaluation Team
The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.
Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
- Blackberry KEYone phone: Full, in-depth review
- Alienware 13 full, in-depth review
- Alcatel A3 XL phone: Full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTPMO Lead/ Senior Project AnalystOther
- FTCommunications Lead/ManagerACT
- FTSenior Development Expert – Adelaide Delivery CentreSA
- FTSAP ABAP DEVELOPMENT LEAD- NSW GovernmentOther
- TPJava DeveloperVIC
- TPAnalyst Program SupportVIC
- FTData Analyst (Dialler Analyst)SA
- CCMultiple Front End Developers - BRISBANE - Angular 2 | Bootstrap | jQueryWA
- FTSecurity Engineer - SIEMNSW
- FTSystems Engineer - SCCMACT
- FTSenior Java DeveloperOther
- CCHelpdesk Support - L2VIC
- FTSales Client Services Manager (Mid-market)QLD
- FTMicrosoft Azure Cloud EngineerWA
- FTChange ManagerNSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperNSW
- CCRegional Coordinator - TelcoVIC
- FTService Desk Consultant - Level 2Other
- FTTeam Lead Enterprise Services & InfrastructureOther
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- CCICT Training ManagerNSW
- CCMS Power BI SpecialistQLD
- FTSolution Architect - CloudQLD
- FTSenior .NET DevelopersOther
- FTSiebel Design AnalystOther