If you’ve been reading our blogs recently you’ll know about some of the benefits of Bluewave technology already. If you’re considering taking the plunge you might want to know in a bit more depth what to expect. So we’ve tested the product through the eyes of a consumer to give you a step by step rundown of the Bluewave hub – the pros, the cons, and exactly what it’s capable of.
What is liGo Bluewave?
LiGo Bluewave is a comparatively new technology on the UK market although it’s already pretty big in the US. It’s a hub – not unlike an internet hub – that can connect with up to 3 bluetooth mobile phones so that you can route incoming and outgoing mobile calls through your handset. There are 3 main benefits:
- Because you bypass your landline you also bypass landline call charges and only pay the charges associated with your mobile – particularly handy if you’ve got free minutes on your tariff.
- By placing your hub in a spot where you have optimum reception you can get rid of mobile reception dead spots, and simply leave your mobile somewhere convenient.
- If you’re moving around a lot in your home or office you can take mobile calls on any handset wherever you happen to be without having to constantly carry your mobile with you. That’s good for convenience, and also for avoiding prolonged contact with mobile radiation.
What’s included with a Bluewave hub?
The hub itself is small and relatively stylish – measuring 120mm high x120mm wide x 45mm deep and finished in black. It’s also wall mountable which is handy for discreet storage. It features three buttons at the top – each one of which corresponds to one of up to three mobiles that you can connect at any one time. There are then 4 connections:
- An RJ11 socket with cable supplied. This cable plugs into your home phone (corded or cordless)
- A second RJ11 socket (below the first socket). This socket receives the RJ11 cable that is usually plugged into your home phone, and enables you to continue making and receiving landline calls if you choose to. However if you don’t have a landline or choose not to connect it the hub will automatically route any calls through your mobile phone.
- Power socket and cable
- USB socket
How to connect the Bluewave hub
Connection is easy and only takes a few steps:
- Plug in the power socket
- Take the RJ11 cable out of your current home phone and plug into the bottom connection of the Bluewave hub.
- Take the RJ11 cable supplied with the hub and plug it into the top connection of your hub, then plug the other end into your home phone.
- Then you need to pair your mobile or mobiles with the hub. That’s pretty straightforward as well. The three blue buttons on the top of the box are marked 1, 2 and 3.To pair a phone:
- Hold down the line 1 button for 6 seconds until it starts to flash.
- On your mobile, search for Bluetooth devices and select “liGo Bluewave Gateway”.
- When your mobile asks for a security code type in 0000.
- Your phone is now paired. If you want to pair multiple phones simply repeat the process using the line 2 and line 3 buttons.
Making and receiving calls with liGo Bluewave
Once your hub is set up you can start to make calls using your mobile and receive them as well.
Making a call: Simply pick up your handset, press the hub line button that corresponds to the mobile you wish to route the call to, and dial as normal. When the hub dials you’ll see your mobile kick into action as well (if you happen to be near it) but the call itself will be made through your handset.
Receiving a call: When your home or office phone rings one of the blue buttons will flash on the hub, showing you which of your paired mobiles is ringing. That’s really handy as it makes sure that the appropriate person answers the appropriate call in the appropriate way! So, for instance, if you’re working from home you can pair your home mobile and your work mobile and be absolutely sure which one is calling you – thus avoiding embarrassing moments with your boss.
Bluewave advanced functionality
The Bluewave is a clever little hub with some extra features designed to enhance its convenience:
Mobile voicemail access: You can access your mobile voicemail account via your home or office handset. Just pick up your handset and dial 1 then #. That’s useful if you’ve got free voicemail access but you don’t happen to have your mobile with you when you want to check voicemail.
Call waiting: you can set up call waiting– especially useful if you’re routing more than one mobile through the hub.
Customised ringtones: You can customise your ringtones so that you recognise a different ringtone for each mobile that you’ve connected – so even if you’re not near the hub and can’t see that line flashing you know which phone is ringing.
Speed dial: You can programme all your numbers into your handset in the usual way and use speed dial to make those calls via your mobile.
What are the main advantages of Bluewave?
Cost saving: The first and most obvious advantage is that Bluewave can save you money. If you’re on a mobile tariff with cheaper or free call rates then by making all your mobile calls via Bluewave you can enjoy the convenience of a landline handset without unpredictable landline call charges. You can even – if you choose to – just get rid of your landline altogether and make all calls via your mobile.
Flexibility: In your home or office you might have multiple handsets around the place - but you’ve only got one mobile, and you may not necessarily want to carry it around all day. By routing your calls through Bluewave you can make and answer calls on your cheap mobile minutes wherever you happen to be.
Control: The ability to route up to three mobiles through the hub is especially useful if you pay the bill but others use the phone – teenagers and employees being the most obvious examples. By making sure all their calls are routed via the hub you’re more likely to benefit from free minutes, capped accounts or pay as you go accounts rather than suddenly getting a landline phone bill you weren’t expecting.
Reception: Dead spots in your home or office are a real pain and can make using your mobile difficult. But you can get around the problem by placing your Bluewave hub in an optimum position for mobile reception. You then get all the benefits of that good reception spot without constantly having to hang out of the window or run outside to take calls.
Health: Some people are concerned about the potential effects of radiation through prolonged mobile use – although studies so far are inconclusive. If you’re worried about the issue then you can minimise the level of close contact you have with your mobile by routing calls through your landline handset, whilst still making use of your mobile just as much as you need to.
So what’s the catch?
We have to be honest, it’s hard to find a real downside to this piece of kit, but there are a few glitches that you should look out for:
Bluetooth only: At the moment Bluewave is only compatible with Bluetooth mobiles – although these days that’s not too much of an issue given how common Bluetooth is. There are a few mobile models (predominantly some Sony Ericssons) that have a Bluetooth bug which may cause your connection to drop. However liGo have produced a patch that can be downloaded and run to rectify this.
Static and dropping connections: We haven’t encountered any trouble in this area, but other reviews show that it can happen. Static and unreliable connections usually happen because the hub is too close to another 2.4Ghz wireless device (like a WiFi router). A bit of experimentation and moving the hub further away should clear the problem.
All in all, though, we’ve got Bluewave tipped to become more and more popular in the UK. It’s relatively cost-effective, simple to set up and use, and ultimately gives more flexibility and can no doubt save you money. We recommend that you check it out!