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  • System from home

    Hello,

    I am currently starting up a business from home and wish to have a permanent business line seperate from my home phone. I believe the best idea is to have it over the PC as it is ideal for business and calls are cheap.

    I currently sometimes use VoipStunt and other programs to make calls as they are free but it is not ideal. I am looking for a system where I can have a USB phone plugged in and have a telephone number whereby when people call me, it rings my pc/usb phone and I can answer the call. I would also want features such as hold and answerphone etc..

    I hope you have some ideas that could help me!

    Thanks

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    Re: System from home

    Word of advice...

    Vonage SUCKS.

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    • #3
      Re: System from home

      Well, decide if you want a PC solution, or one free of the PC..

      Most VoIP providers provide an adaptor that lets you plug a standard phone into the adaptor giving the impression you have a traditional land line. Services like voicemail, configuration, records, etc are often accessible via computer, but you don't NEED a computer for the phone to work.

      The other path is things like Skype, which rely on the computer, and typically aren't trying to be a traditional phone line to start, but may offer gateway services to the traditional phone network.

      Skype has the most support for external peripherals in that genre.. things like USB handsets, etc. Skype also is popular in having the client run on other devices like PDAs, smartphones, etc. That is where the next gen is, where your client can run on any IP enabled system.

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      • #4
        Re: System from home

        Hi

        A hardphone is a standalone sip device it does not require any further software to function.

        Now depending on what you want to do, you may have to look at a IPPBX such as an asterisk based system. but initally you need to fully understand what it is you are wanting to be able to acheive


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        • #5
          Re: System from home

          What I want to achieve is to have a telephone number and when anyone calls it from a landline/mobile or whatever it calls software on my pc (such as skype) which would be connected to a USB Voip Phone. I am more interested in being able to recieve calls then make calls. I would want an answerphone system so that when I am not online or logged in then the answer machine will come on.

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          • #6
            Re: System from home

            So what is wrong with Skype then?





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            • #7
              Re: System from home

              You cannot call a sip based phone from Skype (directly). The protocol used by the two systems is different and they cannot talk to eachother. It seems that SkypeIN numbers are forwarded to your Skype number so again they will not work to a SIP device. You may be able to forward the call to a PSTN number. Check this site for more info http://www.voipsolutionreview.com One more thing there is one new Sipprovider who is providing local number that can be used to call an online Skype users from a normal phone.

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              • #8
                Re: System from home

                Originally posted by rally444 View Post
                You cannot call a sip based phone from Skype (directly).
                That really doesn't matter when the audience you are trying to talk to are PSTN users, not SIP users. People aren't handing out their SIP URIs over their PSTN numbers just yet...

                Originally posted by rally444 View Post
                It seems that SkypeIN numbers are forwarded to your Skype number so again they will not work to a SIP device.
                They would if that SIP device had a PSTN gateway.. which they should if they want any chance of surviving in today's market. You don't want a SIP-only system when virtually every device you want to talk with is interconnected via the public telephone exchange system. SIP URI dialing isn't taking over yet.. nor is SIP interoperability.. nor are directory systems to handle finding people and simplify dialing.

                SIP isn't widely used in interworking yet.. its still primarily the 'internal' protocol and using direct trunking or PSTN for interworking between networks.

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