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How do I set up my home phone?
ORCON @HOME PHONE LINE
If you’ve got a normal home phone line with Orcon @Home, then you can just plug your phone into a normal jack point. Make sure you use an ADSL filter, or else your internet connection can degrade or disconnect.
ORCON GENIUS PHONE LINE
If you’ve got a Genius phone line on ADSL, VDSL or UFB, then you need to set up your home phone by plugging your handset or base station directly into the telephone slot on the modem. This is different from how you may have previously set up your home phone as the normal jack points in the house will no longer work.
See the following examples, depending on which modem you have:
Orcon Genius Modem
Orcon Genius Modem with Genius handset
How can I troubleshoot my landline phone?
If you're an Orcon customer using a traditional home phone line, the steps included in this guide will be able to help if you're experiencing problems with your home phone service.
Orcon Genius customers, try this guide here instead.
NO DIAL TONE
I’M SUFFERING FROM NOISE, STATIC OR MY PHONE RINGS ONCE ONLYHow do I set up and use my Orcon voicemail?
To set up Orcon voicemail, dial 789 and follow the instructions.
You need to know your voicemail PIN, which you selected during sign up. If you can't remember your PIN or you'd like to change it, please log into My Orcon, and click Voicemail Settings where your PIN is displayed.
Note: 789 won’t work for all customers (it depends what network you are on) . If 789 fails to let you access your voicemail, then dial 083210 and follow the instructions.How do I check to see if my Genius phone is registered in the Modem?
The easiest way to check to see if your phone is working is by having a look at the lights on your modem.
The Genius Black modem will have a Blue indicator light next to Phone
The Genius White modem will have a Green Indicator light for Telephone 1
The Fritz!Box modem does not have a readily available light for the registration of your phone.
If you want to check the modem settings to see if your phone is working you can follow the steps outlined below for your type of modem.
Black Genius Modem (Boblite)
- Navigate your web browser to http://10.1.1.1
- On the front page of the modem you can check the registration of your phone under option 7 My Primary netphone account is set up correctly?
White Genius Modem (NF4V)
- Log into your modem by navigating your web browser to http://192.168.20.1 or http://192.168.1.1 (this depends if you have the latest firmware on your modem)
- When prompted, enter the username of admin with the password admin, if your modem has the latest firmware then the password is the last 6 characters of the modems MAC address (found on the bottom of the modem on a sticker)
- In the left-hand menu, click on Voice
- In the main screen you will be able to see your phone number and it’s registration status
Fritz!Box 7490 (Gigabit fibre customers)
- Log into your modem by navigating your web browser to http://192.168.178.1
- When prompted, enter the default password of admin, here you can choose to keep using the default password or you can change it if this is the first time you are logging in
- On the main page you should see a green light next to Telephone if your phone is registered.
Call Waiting allows you to answer a second call if you are already on the phone. Call Waiting works on all touch-tone phones. When you are on the phone you will hear 4 beeps telling you that someone else is trying to get through. If you want to take the call coming through you can either:
Hang Up - If you want to end your current call and answer the incoming call just hang up the phone. The phone will then ring with the second call.
Press the recall button - This will switch you to the incoming call. If you want to switch between the two calls keep pressing the recall button.
You can turn off Call Waiting if you are making an important call or dialling up to the internet by dialling *52 at the start of the call.
Once you have finished the call, Call Waiting will automatically be reactivated.Because your phone calls will go over the internet, all phones in your house need to be directed through the modem. This means any other jackpoint in the house (except the one that your Orcon Genius is plugged into) will stop working.If you need more than one phone at your place, then the best option is to purchase a cordless phone set that includes a base station with one or two extra handsets with their own charging cradle. Then you can plug the base station into the modem and place the other handsets around your home.
You can use all web-based VoIP service (like Skype, or gaming console VoIP services) as you would on any normal broadband line, but these will count towards your data cap. However the average voice call is very small.How do I register and use the Genius Handset?
These instructions only apply to customers that have Genius Full (modem+handset).
Follow the instructions below if you want to register your new Genius handset., or if you want to re-register a handset as part of troubleshooting.
Want to access all the cool features the Orcon Genius handset offers? There's a manual at the bottom of this article you can download!
How to register/de-register/re-register your Orcon Genius handset.
- On your computer, open your web browser and go to the address 10.1.1.1 to log in to your modem (Default password is ‘admin’)
- Click "Setup my Voip"
- Click "Dect settings" from the left side menu
- Check to see if the handset is registered (should be visible on this screen) - If the handset is registered unregister it by clicking "Unregister" button.
- Enter the old pairing key "0000" then enter the new pairing key "1234". Confirm the new pairing key "1234" then save the new pairing code (default pairing key is "0000" - the new pairing key can be any four digits you like, "1234" is just an example).
- On the handset, press "->" (right option/arrow on the square pad under the "OK" button of the handset)
- Select "Settings" on handset press "OK" button
- Select "Handset" on handset press "OK" button
- Select "Register handset" on handset press "OK" button
- Enter the pairing code "1234" and start pairing, as soon as you do this make sure you click the "Register" button on the "Dect settings" page
- You should now see that the handset is registered on the "Dect settings" page
If you've already got a home phone that you'd like to keep using, then you're fine to just plug it in and you're away. You just plug your existing handset into the 'Phone' port on your Genius modem and it works as usual.
If you need multiple handsets, or if you need your phone to be in a different place to your modem, then you can go with the following option:
- Genius Black or Genius White + a multi-handset cordless phone base station: there are a number of cordless phone products that include one base station as well as one or two extra handsets with their own charging cradle. Simply plug the phone cable of the base station into the phone port on the Genius, and place the rest of the handsets around the house.
With fibre, your homeline goes over the internet. Just plug your standard home phone into your new modem and get calling!What’s my voicemail PIN?
You will have selected a voicemail PIN during the sign-up process. But, if you have forgotten it, no worries, log into My Orcon, select "Voicemail Settings" and you'll see it listed there.Call Investigation Form
If you do not have a mail client and you use webmail or a service like gmail, you will need to copy and paste the below form into an email, complete the form, and send it to us at email@example.com:
CALL INVESTIGATION FORM
We need to have a minimum of 4 examples of nuisance calls over a period of 2 days to investigate.
Orcon username/account number:
Your contact number:
Phone number receiving nuisance calls:
DATES/TIMES OF CALLS
Please Provide the date and time of 4 nuisance calls below.
Format: DD/MM/YYYY 12:00 AM/PM
Once we've completed the investigation we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.How do I access my voicemail from another phone?
Checking your Orcon voicemail from another phone such as a mobile or from overseas is easy, just follow these instructions:
- Dial 09 550 0789, or 0064 9 550 0789 if you're overseas.
- Enter your mailbox number - this is your phone number and area code minus the first zero (e.g. 09 550 0000 becomes 95500000)
- Then enter your voicemail PIN (please note - if you have not set up a PIN from home you will not be able to access your voicemail from another phone)
- Follow the voice prompts.
If you normally dial 083210 for voicemail, this number works from other phones too. If you're calling from overseas you'll need to dial 0064 83 083210.
- Dial 083210 (press * if that number also has Voicemail)
- Enter your mailbox number - this is your phone number and area code minus the first zero (e.g. 09 550 0000 becomes 95500000)
- Enter your PIN
- Follow the voice prompts
For the complete guide to using Orcon Voicemail, check out these handy downloadable guides
Serious or Threatening Calls:
If you have received a call of a serious nature, such as a threatening, abusive, or obscene telephone call, you should contact your local Police Station for advice. Such calls could be considered a criminal offense.
A call of a serious nature may include:
- A threat to kill or seriously injure someone;
- A threat to damage property;
- Sexually explicit language or behavior;
- Language that is unacceptable in day-to-day usage such as swearing.
If you have received a life-threatening call, contact the Police immediately.
These may include hang up calls, kids playing pranks, hoax calls, or multiple calls between midnight and 5am. Hoax calls may be impersonations of people from organisations or false delivery orders.
If the calls you are receiving involve a current protection order, we advise you to contact the Police, as the calls may be a breach of the protection order, and may lead to prosecution.
This is where the caller holds the line and does not speak or breathes heavily; or the caller may terminate the call when answered.
These are commonly fax or modem calls received on a residential telephone line. This tends to occur because of incorrect dialing. The sender will most often realise the mistake quickly and discontinue attempts to dial.
As with 'non-speech' calls, Orcon is only able to look into fax or modem calls if they are an on-going problem.
If you are receiving calls that you consider to be a nuisance Orcon may be able to assist. However, we are only able to investigate if it is causing serious problems and calls are occurring on an on-going basis.
Please provide the date, time and nature of the call and a representative will assist with your complaint.
An Orcon staff member may advise you to log nuisance calls over a period of time to determine the frequency and extent of the problem. If the representative considers that the calls do constitute a breach of the Telecommunications Act they will then investigate.
It is important to note that if a representative does investigate your complaint they will not be able to provide you with the number of the offending call. Orcon will deal with the situation on your behalf, keeping both parties confidential.
Precautions: Staying safe when using the phone:
When answering the telephone do not volunteer information about yourself, number or address to unknown callers.
If you do not want to talk with the caller, politely disconnect the call.
Don't be drawn into an argument that can't be solved on the telephone.
What to do in the event of receiving nuisance calls:
Many nuisance calls are to randomly selected numbers where the caller continues to dial that number and annoy the recipient of that call. If the call is malicious or abusive, stay calm and try not to show any agitation or distress. If the calls are persistent you should:
- Log all calls by including the date, time & duration of calls. This will help establish a pattern.
- Try to determine whether the caller is male or female, their approximate age, any accent or if there is any background noise.
- Try to think of anyone you may suspect of making the calls.
- Issue a formal warning to the Offender "I will be laying a complaint with the Police. Do not call me again". Note date & time of warning in log.
- Consider having your telephone number changed to a confidential listing. If you have a confidential listing, be careful about giving this number out. Remember if you have your number changed but do not have a confidential listing your number will be available through directory service.
- If the calls are of a life-threatening nature, contact the Police immediately.
Sometimes a hiccup may occur when using an Orcon Genius home phone line, but these hiccups can usually be resolved by following a few simple troubleshooting steps.
- The Genius phone line works over the internet, so the first step is to check your internet connection is active by visiting a website on your computer.
- If your internet isn’t working, please follow the steps in the broadband troubleshooting guide here
- If your internet is working, but your phone is not, please see the next step.
- If you’re experiencing noise, static, or an echo on the line, please conduct an isolation test by following the instructions available here. Once complete, return to these instructions.
- If you can't hear the caller on the other end of the line, please make sure your handset's volume is turned up. On the Genius handset, press the 'up' button on the control pad to access the call volume menu.
- If you are using the older Genius Full, with the Genius Handset, please follow the instructions here for unregistering and re-registering your handset.
If you're having trouble making or receiving calls you can try:
- Resetting your Genius modem.
- Ensure that your phone is connected to the Green Phone Port/Telephone 1 port on the Genius Black/Genius White respectively. Ensure this is connected directly into this port (No filters, not running through any internal house wiring.)
- Test a different handset/phone. Try a different cable.
- If the ‘Phone/Telephone1’ light is not showing on the modem, please remove your phone from the aforementioned port, and perform a factory reset on your connection. This will reset the modem settings to default, including your wireless network and any port forwarding you might have set up. Click here for a guide.
If your problem still persists, please contact us at https://www.orcon.net.nz/contact.
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