Thanks to Plantronics
, my life has gotten a lot easier as of late. I have so many wireless headsets connected to my phone it is just unreal. The headsets are connected serially, making the whole contraption a bit of a mess. I just haven't had a chance to do anything with the headsets after I review them and manufacturers generally don't want them back, so they just stay on my desk and the scene is like a giant headset graveyard. The situation with my computer is also messy-- as I have a myriad of wires connecting my phone to the inputs of my sound card so I can record interviews. In short, I probably have as many audio and headset cables as Bill Gates (News
) has cables in his home entertainment system. Of course, his are probably all made out of a titanium platinum alloy coated with diamonds--but you get the point.
So making VoIP calls from my computer gets to be a pain because I haven't connected a switching system to allow me to use a wired VoIP headset and if I want to disconnect the cables from my phone to the computer so I can plug in a headset, I have issues. What issues? Getting a flashlight, digging under my desk, finding the computer, and assembling it all back together when I am done. Also, my USB headset is always at home. When I remember I bring it in to conduct VoIP calls via softphone. But, in reality, I use a laptop for my VoIP calls so the USB headset rarely comes to Technology Plaza.
Recently though I needed to have a VoIP conversation and my laptop didn't have the ability to punch through the firewall with UDP packets, so I had to use my PC. Thankfully, Plantronics (News
) sent me a Voyager 510-USB Bluetooth headset
-- that I had been meaning to try for quite some time.
I had a Bluetooth adapter on my computer, which I tried to connect to the headset, but it just didn't work for whatever reason. I then realized I never use the Bluetooth adapter for anything, so I disconnected it and plugged in the Plantronics adapter that came with the headset. I then installed the CD that came with the headset and voila-- everything was connected. A few moments later, I was VoIPing away like a champ and the beautiful thing is I can now use the same headset with my mobile phone.
My daily headset is a Plantronics Voyager 510S
and I have beat this thing up something fierce. It has been dropped, twisted by my kids, thrown and who knows what else. It has taken a beating and always kept working. Occasionally the headset is out of sync with my Verizon XV-6700
, but a simple reboot of the Microsoft (News
)-based OS device brings them back into sync. So I am looking forward to using the upgraded headset and who knows? The consolidation of the VoIP and mobile headset on my desk may start a trend in my life where I start to get rid of the older headsets I hardly use anymore.
So while you may think it is odd to couple a single Bluetooth device with a mobile phone and computer, I am hoping this Odd Couple
will lead me to become more like Felix Unger
and less like Oscar Madison
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