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The Difference between PAP2 and PAP2-NA adapters

Which adapter is better? Off course PAP2-NA is a better choice, but if there is a $5 difference between, I advice you to go with Unlocked PAP2 to save that $5 because both devices do the same job.

Who buys Unlocked PAP2 ? Who knows what Unlocked PAP2 means.

Who buys PAP2-NA adapters ? Newbies who were told to ONLY buy -NA models; and some one who thinks Unlocked PAP2 is very different than PAP2-NA.

What do you suggest us to buy ? Cheap one; Unlocked PAP2. It does absolutely the same job as -NA models.

What are the most important things I should know when I own an Unlocked PAP2 adapter ?
1- Don’t give your MAC address of the PAP2 to any voip providers.
2- Never perform a factory reset, and learn how to do that.
3- If a provider asks you to do a factory reset, or change anything in provisioning tab of the PAP2, specially provisioning rules, don’t listen.
4- Never play with “Provisioning” settings of your PAP2 if you’re not an advanced user.
5- Enable Remote Help and your PAP2 will always be secured.

How do you factory reset ?
1- Pick up your phone, which is connected to Line 1 of your PAP2, and press the star key 4-5 times (****). Then dial 73738 and #.
2- The phone may ask you for your user PW if there is any.
3- After dialing your user PW, PAP2 will ask you to press 1 to confirm.
4- When you press 1, the PAP2 will go to its original settings. So, it will be locked to a provider.

That's why you should never perform factory reset. If you ever need to factory reset you adapter for any reason, we have PSEUDO factory reset. Click here to learn more about that. That is safe to do. Now you know the most 5 important things above and how factory reset is done. Therefore, you can buy an Unlocked PAP2 and start your voip services.

From now on, you don't need to read more. Below explanations are for those who want
to know detailed information about the difference. As long as you follow the 5 important
things above, you will be just fine. If you want to learn more, keep reading.

So, what are the differences between Unlocked Linksys PAP2 and PAP2-NA voip phone adapters? There are almost no differences. They both work the same way, and are the same machines. They both are very powerful voip adapters and will make you satisfied with the voice quality. One's voice quality is not better then the other; because they are the same devices. The only one difference between them is about how to do factory reset.

What is factory reset? It is a command that when you do, the voip adapter goes back to its original settings.

All PAP2 adapters are normally locked to a provider. So, when you do a factory reset, Unlocked PAP2 you got from me will be locked to that provider, but it is always unlockable. Remember, I offer free unlocking if (after all security) it is locked. With PAP2-NA, it is different. When you do factory reset, the -NA models will still be unlocked.

What can I do when I need to factory reset my Unlocked PAP2? Unlocked PAP2 owners can not factory reset their PAP2; but can PSEUDO Factory Reset it at anytime when they need to. I call the command as PSEUDO Factory Reset. If you do PSEUDO Factory Reset, PAP2 will go to its original settings. Therefore, you do not need the actual factory reset.

AGAIN: You do not need the actual factory reset at all. Instead of factory reset, you can PSEUDO Factory Reset it. Therefore, the only difference between PAP2 and PAP2-NA is about being able to do the actual factory reset or not. If you donít do actual factory reset on your unlocked PAP2, you will have no problems at all. If you ever feel like your adapter needs factory resetting, just perform PSEUDO Factory Reset. Your PAP2 will be like performed a factory reset. Therefore, there is almost no difference between the two adapters.

So, when you have PAP2-NA, you can actually factory reset it. When you have Unlocked PAP2, you can only PSEUDO Factory Reset it and thatís the only one difference between them. Other then that, Unlocked PAP2 and PAP2-NA adapters are the same.


How do you do a factory reset? It is not easy. You can not do a factory reset accidentally. I am teaching you this just because I want you to know exactly what you DONíT need to do.

Here is how you do factory reset:
1- Pick up your phone, which is connected to Line 1 of your PAP2, and press the star key 4-5 times (****). Then dial 73738 and #.
2- The phone will ask you for your user PW if there is any.
3- After dialing your user PW, PAP2 will ask you to press 1 to confirm.
4- When you press 1, the PAP2 will go to its original settings. So, it will be locked.

What happens after it is locked? Well, I think that wonít happen. As you know now, there is no way of doing factory reset accidentally. To do a factory reset, your purpose should be performing a factory reset. So, you do not have to worry about that maybe some one will do a factory reset on your PAP2 accidentally. Also, we can always perform PSEUDO Factory Reset when we need original settings. Therefore, I advise all my customers to not perform a factory reset on Unlocked PAP2s at all. You donít need it. Just perform PSEUDO Factory Reset.

BUT, let say, for some reason, you or some one else performed a factory reset on your PAP2 and it is locked . I will reunlock it for free once. You may know, may not; but I also offer PAP2 unlocking service. Some give their PAP2 to me for unlocking them, and I charge between $15 and $20 for the service. If the PAP2 you got from me is locked for some reasons, I will reunlock it for free once.

As I mentioned above, as long as you have Remote Help, and not perform actual factory reset, there is no way your PAP2 can be locked.

Is there a way to stop some one trying factory reset on my PAP2? I have a son, he might try. Is there a security? YES, and it is very easy. Just save a user and admin PW on your PAP2. Letís say you saved 1234 as user PW. If some one tries factory reset, the PAP2 will ask for that PW. Only people, who know your PW, can perform a factory reset.

I hope until this point we are clear about that doing a factory reset is not easily done and not necessary to use your ATA. First, the person should know the way to perform a factory reset. Second, the person should also know your PW. Therefore, you donít have to be afraid of ďWhat if my PAP2 is locked in the future.Ē Thatís the reason why I offer my unlocking service for free once. After all security, if your PAP2 is locked somehow, I will reunlock it. So, buy an Unlocked PAP2 from me with confident. Also, we can always PSEUDO Factory Reset if we want the PAP2 in its original settings.

When will I need to perform a PSEUDO Factory Reset? If you feel like your PAP2 has some problems and you need original settings back, just follow PSEUDO Factory Reset steps. After doing, your PAP2 will still be unlocked, cleared, and have the original unlocked PAP2 settings. Then you can reconfigure the PAP2 with the information of your voip provider.

As you can see, the both units are the same. I always advice my customers the followings:
1- Donít give your MAC address of the PAP2 to any voip providers.
2- Never perform a factory reset, and learn how to do that.
3- If a provider asks you to do a factory reset, or change some things in provisioning, specially provisioning rules, donít listen.
4- Never play with ďProvisioningĒ settings of your PAP2 if youíre not an advanced user.
5- Enable Remote Help and your PAP2 will always be secured.

Your Unlocked PAP2 will work and give you excellent voip services. My all PAP2s are unlocked. You can use them with any voip providers you like. Choose a voip provider now. When you are not happy, find another provider and change the settings of your PAP2. It is that easy.