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How do I expand my DECT phone with a separate handset?

Not all DECT phones can simply be expanded with any standalone handset. That's why, in this article, I'll explain what features your DECT phone should have in order to be expanded, and what else you should pay attention to.

What's a stand-alone handset?

A stand-alone handset is an expansion for a DECT phone, and consists of a handset and a charging dock. On top of that, a stand-alone handset doesn't have a connector for a phone cable, which means it can't be used as your base station. That's why it only makes sense to buy a stand-alone handset if you already have a DECT phone or if you're planning to buy one. Already got a stand-alone handset, and want to know how to connect it to your DECT phone? Click the link below to go to the explanation.

What features should my DECT phone have in order to be expanded?

Both your phone and your handset should be GAP compatible. GAP stands for General Access Profile, which allows you to connect base stations and handsets to each other regardless of their brand or type. You'll find this specification on the product page, the manufacturer's website, and in the manual. DECT phones can be expanded up to a maximum number of handsets, meaning you won't be able to add an unlimited amount of handsets. You can find this information on the product page under 'maximum number of handsets'.

What else should I pay attention to when I want to expand?

Did you check if the DECT device and the handset are GAP compatible? Great! Yet, there are a couple more things you should pay attention to. For example, if you expand your current Gigaset system with a stand-alone Gigaset handset, the chances of your base station supporting more functions will go up. That means you should always check to verify that your handset supports your base station's functionalities and vice versa. Does your handset support caller ID, but your base station doesn't? In that case, the function won't work. This goes for both stand-alone handsets of the same brand and handsets of a different brand.

Conclusion

Want to add an extra handset to your DECT device? First, check if you have a phone with a base station at home. Next, check if your device is GAP compatible and what the maximum number of handsets is you can use to expand your phone. Is your handset of a different brand than your current DECT phone? In that case, remember that some functions may not work, because the base station might support different functions than the standalone handset and vice versa.


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