How many people have a land-line telephone anymore? What\u2019s the need, you ask, when the cellphone\u2019s always in a pocket? But that\u2019s not true at home when the cell\u2019s been put down in one room or connected to a charger in another room, or the volume\u2019s low or its been set to Mute or Vibrate and left that way. The results are lost calls because nobody heard the ringer. That\u2019s when the Renny HOME Smartphone Hub & Ringer licks its lips; it\u2019s a speakerphone with the right kind of tech inside, like the ability to sync two phones and connect to them automatically over more distance than Bluetooth is supposed to do. Plus it has a loud, loud speaker that you can\u2019t help but hear when a call\u2019s coming through. And it doesn\u2019t matter how the phone\u2019s volume has been adjusted either, as long as Renny is turned on any incoming call is going to get noticed.\r\nRenny Hears Better\r\nSo Renny looks like a speakerphone built around a U-Clamp: all glossy black with a series of blue LED press-tabs surrounding a speaker grill. Charging its battery via USB takes care of a lot of hours and makes it portable, but if you use its USB out to charge your phone or even a tablet, expect to have to power it up again soon. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that the swiveling antenna shouldn\u2019t be aimed straight up \u2014 a bit of an angle towards the farthest area of your place will help.\r\nLook Ma, No Hands!\r\nAfter a simple BT pairing, Renny\u2019s ready to go and all its blue lit up icons say that. I\u2019m expecting a call and here it comes \u2014 Renny is doing the ringing from one of its built-in ringtones. Because I\u2019ve got the Handsfree mode on, I just say \u201cAnswer\u201d and now I\u2019m talking through its mic and listening through its speaker. When the call\u2019s done, I press the phone icon to disconnect (which I could have done to answer the call too). And since Renny also has a Caller ID\u201d-like function that will announce a person or the number of the incoming call, if I don\u2019t want to answer I can just shout out \u201cIgnore.\u201d All this is going on with Renny hanging out at my desk in the living room while my phone\u2019s charging in the bedroom. Cool.\r\nWhere's That Music Coming From?\r\nThe other icons handle audio volume and playback because \u2014 if set so \u2014 Renny can function as a Bluetooth speaker and stream music from the phone. The downside is that every single sound the phone makes comes from the Renny \u2014so if this rankles, just push the tab away from this and over to where it just performs as a speakerphone, sans music streaming.\r\n\r\nThe\u00a0Renny HOME Smartphone Hub & Ringer makes it easy to answer calls at home --but more importantly, it makes sure you know you\u2019re getting them. No WiFi network to worry about either. The music streaming is just icing on the audio cake to be found in a small and compact package for $139.99.