Sunday, May 24, 2009

Video Killed the ISDN Star

About a year ago I thought about installing an ISDN line at home so I could do radio interviews on it. The logic was that the outlay would be more than recouped by the extra work I'd get. However, I eventually gave up as the whole thing seemed completely baffling. I kept getting completely conflicting advice on what equipment I needed and how it worked. So now a challenge...

Who can recommend a company who can tell me what I need, install it and get it working?!

29 comments:

Thats News said...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6519681.stm
BT withdrew home ISDN. So would you need another provider?

This might be of interest to you
http://www.nildram.net/case_studies/football_association/

http://www.cbronline.com/news/isdn_vendors_form_association_to_promote_isdn_uptake
Vendors ISDN Association Does this still exist?

Thye technical people at Play Talk might be able to offer you some advice and help.

unseen said...

don't a lot of frontbenchers have these? maybe one could advise you.

Seamaster73 said...

BT can still install an ISDN 2e line on a business tariff, just under £100 per quarter.

http://business.bt.com/phone-services/phone-lines-and-calling-plans/isdn

Raedwald said...

Try talking to Canford Audio www.canford.co.uk

AFAIK it's not the line so much as the bit of kit that will cost - a Portable Audio Contribution Unit, as used by professional radio broadcasters. And you need a decent mic. And a non-tinny sounding room to speak from.

Canford should be able to suggest the best solution.

Michaela said...

GQ Contributing Editor, a weekly radio programme...Isn't that enough "extra work" in addition to your current average of 2-3 appearances per day?!

Alan Douglas said...

I have used VoxHub

08000 470 490 knock three times and ask for Dan - tell him I said IF they do it, they will do it well. He will remember me from Balcony.

Alan Douglas

dizzy said...

Hmmmm ISDN, which is not discontinued, would be nuts for you. Much better to get another bt voice line and put a dsl service on it these days.

Ed the Shred said...

Just go for ADSL2+ with a good VOIP box.

I use www.bethere.co.uk which allows up to 24 meg downstream, 2.5 meg upstream (depends on condition of line etc). They are trailing double-bonding, basically using 2 lines (gives up to 48 meg downstream and 5meg upstream).

Or go for SDSL (and pay lots of money).

skingers said...

try http://tinyurl.com/pq3elb

most telcos offer it, you just need an isdn modem and digital phone, or get an isdn pcmcia card if you have a laptop. I had back in the bad old days but they are still available...

Plato said...

Iain - ISDN from BT Biz simplest option. DSL does not work for broadcast quality as the voice channel is no different to your normal line.

The broadband element is like a dog whistle - you can't hear it hence you can surf and talk at the same time.

And you'll need a room with lots of noise dampening [soft furnishing/carpet not the whitewashed brick office you used for your vlog]

*ex broadband/broadcast specialist*

Anonymous said...

No need for isdn line, better to get two empty tin cans, a piece of string and shout very loud.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

You have been getting a lot of strange advice here, Iain.

What you need is a bog standard Quark interfold, with paralell quadriplexed flux capacitor as standard (don't bother with the Heisenberg Compensator unless you want it to double up as a transporter).

Use your PC or Mac to control the linear transvernal audicable, get yourself a decent voice carapace and a Raytheon Mk11 nargle and Bob's your uncle.

Piece of piss really, if you know what you are talking about.

I actually sell everything you need for a turnkey operation, together with an extended warranty which includes call-out and annual virulence check (fully noded), for only £399

I Squiggle said...

I’d go with Wrinkled Weasel’s advice Iain, seems sound. Or, as an alternative, trawl through www.demon.net – they do our stuff at work and seems to work. We switched from BT, go figure..

trevorsden said...

Ask Harriet Harman

Alan Douglas said...

Was that really Wrinkled Weasel ? Sounded much more like Stanley Unwin.

I quote : bog standard Quark interfold, with paralell quadriplexed flux capacitor as standard (don't bother with the Heisenberg Compensator unless you want it to double up as a transporter. Use your PC or Mac to control the linear transvernal audicable, get yourself a decent voice carapace and a Raytheon Mk11 nargle

I got the first 2 words.

Alan Douglas

Sentient WV : flouvent

dearieme said...

No, no, not the Mk11 nargle: go for the Mark 10 with the cam chain.

dominic said...

http://www.k-ht.co.uk/index.php

Ref said...

try googleing Glensound. They built the kit I use at work and will advise on lines etc. Good, honest, small scale experts - somewhere near you as well I think. Maybe maidstone way.

strapworld said...

Not understanding any of this, I have found this one of the most entertaining posts, Iain has placed on his blog!!

Knowing of Wicked Weasel's excellent musical background (he was once lead in the Inverness ADOS production of Desert Song), I would like to think his was the best, but I didn't understand a word!

Question from a Mr Darling from Scotland. "Can I claim for this against tax"?

marksany said...

These guys could help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSINO6MKtco

Duncan Borrowman said...

In my former life before working in politics I was TV Sound Mixer. I now work 3 days a week for www.showcomms.blogspot.com www.showcomms.co.uk
ISDN kit isn't something we normally sell, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't. Canford are a good source of information, and we are Canford resellers. But they would probably point you at the Glensound GSGC24A
http://www.glensound.co.uk/ISDN.htm

I am sure we could quote you for one and somebody to install it!

Duncan Borrowman said...

I think my previous attempt at posting may have disappeared as I switched Blogger accounts.
Before I worked in politics I worked as a TV Sound Mixer.
I am now working back with www.showcomms.blogspot.com www.showcomms.co.uk 3 days a week.

Raedwald is right about Canford, and we are Canford resellers. Though they would probably suggest a Glensound GSGC24A http://www.glensound.co.uk/GSGC24A.htm
More general info on Glensound ISDN at http://www.glensound.co.uk/ISDN.htm

I am sure we could quote you for installing one :-)

duncan@showcomms.co.uk

Chalcedon said...

I had a doublr ISDN line a few years ago ewhen we had no broadband in the village. Supplied by BT. What you can could do is get satellite broadband. This can give you a very good bandwidth plus massive up load and download but with the fraction of a second delay owing to the satellite being 200 miles up. BT can help. They are too often derided IMO. They are still a good outfit.

barry at clearskys.net said...

http://www.videomeetingcompany.com/index.phtml

Founded by none other than our own Noel Edmunds

Martin said...

Why don't you just speak to someone at the BBC or Sky next time you are there? Plenty of their staff can broadcast from home.

Indigo said...

Ask for Chris Comley, at WizardsYou can also find Chris on CIX (the UK's oldest ISP and first ever on-line conferencing facility). Say kittiwake@cix mentioned them to you.

The only connection I have with Wizards is as a customer of several years.

George Smiley said...

Why would you even think of buying such a thing? Sorry to say it but your radio show is very poor indeed. Stick to the writing!

Theo Spark said...

Can't you do it with Skype?

Duncan Borrowman said...

Don't know if the BBC guys sorted you with VOIP. But if not we are now Glensound dealers. See www.showcomms.blogspot.com and www.showcomms.co.uk