telephone questions

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  1. piratepenguin

    piratepenguin New Member

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    Gonna have a bit of spare time for the summer, and I'm intrigued by asterisk.

    Is it possible to make my computer, my telephone, using this? Can a standard 56k modem do the trick, or does it need extra beef? (I also have an ISDN card) http://voipbase.ru/index.php?cPath=23_39&osCsid=92a023947f11580c0dd72a79876abbd8 Am I getting hot?

    Will/Would I need to make/bung together my own software? This has GOT to have been done before!

    And for GSM (mobile!) similarly I would need a GSM card and could use asterisk, or have I got asterisk wrong?

    Asterisk is starting to confuse me. Is it for MANAGING call centers basically or would it be useful for software on a phone?

    This would be so much fun :big grin: are there affordable GSM and analog cards out there?
     
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    afaik, asterisk does not allow you to use a GSM phone -- unless you happen to be licensed to broadcast in the GSM spectrum (you're not) and have all the hardware to do so (you don't).

    As for hardware, standard PCI modems work. They recommend the Intel hardware modem. You can use a ISDN circuit to provide 2 analog phone lines for the pbx, but you'll need an external ISDN modem (such as the Adtran Express 3000) to provide access to the two b-channels. The modem will handle signalling on the d-channel. You will not actually connect the isdn modem to the computer, as it is merely handling the d/b-b negotiation and you'll need two normal modems for the pbx.

    They do offer pre-fab devices for asterisk.

    Asterisk is a PBX solution. Please read more about PBX before you undertake this, as I think you're confused on what it does and if it would even help you.

    If all you want is a single voip line, then asterisk is really not the solution for you.
     
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    You're right, I have a shit load of reading to do.

    What would put me on the right track for what I want to do is to be able to plug my phone line to my computer and setup a basic answering service. Not an internet answering service - but if I could call my home phone line and get through to my computer. Asterisk isn't useful for that no?

    And would a 56k modem on a usual alone work?
     
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    Astrisk is primarily a PBX service. It does integrate very will with VOIP setups, but it is primarily a PBX.

    For example, if you started a small business and needed 6 phone terminals, with 1 primary ph# but the ability for any station to answer the call, and then have a 2nd user call the same number (and not be busy) and have a 2nd employee answer it. Plus you'd want internal extensions, voicemail boxes, etc.

    Traditionaly you would either pay a lot of money up-front for a complex PBX system, or you would pay a monthly fee to a telco to use a centrex or other "hosted" solutions.

    Asterisk allows you to run your own feature-rich PBX, while removing many of the costs that would otherwise be barriers.

    If you don't need the unique features that a PBX provides -- and it sounds like you don't -- then I recommend against it.

    For you, it seems that Packet8, Vonage, or possibly your cable company will be a much better fit. You also gain the benefit of not requiring your computer on... a small box will connect to your home network via ethernet, and you simply must forward a few ports on your router.

    can you rephrase that, I don't understand the question.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i like trixboxCE + cisco 7960 phones
     
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    I appreciate your explaining but I am wellll off track, so let's see if I can get it righter this time, sorry.

    This isn't to do with VOIP.

    It's to do with voice over the crap-quality phone lines we all have.

    The question is: can I give my computer the function of an answering machine? Like the answering machine anyone would buy at a store and take home so that when they're away it can take messages for them.
     
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    Ahhh sweet enough :big grin:
    Danke. Might get into this shiate to play and also for ideas for transitioning the world to VOIP that have been running in my head.

    Shame though, I thought I'd be able to get my computer on GSM and play.
     
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    Fuck. I wanted to MAKE THAT! I still have some enhancements in the form of an online address book for sharing and for routing calls through friends for getting the cheapest calls possible, and a public identity card type thing so when a compatible phone calls you, it can get your VOIP number and initiate a free call.

    It would do GSM/phone lines for backwards compatibility but future models after I take over the world would not need this.

    :naughty:
     
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    What about 3G dongles?

    You can receive SMSes through 3G dongles - I gather from http://www.laptoplogic.com/news/detail.php?id=2090
    Is this true?

    From Wikipedia:
    If there is a card or a dongle that can send and receive calls, I WANT it (though I'm positive it will be expensive and that will fail me, but still to know...)


    What's the deal with this now?
     
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    you can more cheaply use email>sms gateways over your internet connection. I do it all the time at work so that I can get alerts on my mobile if certain things occur or if a batch fails.

    You can also take a cellphone and connect it via usb and send sms over the wireless carrier network. You can also get a EVDO or HSDPA pcmcia/cardbus/expresscard and get both data access and SMS access via that. Cost on the dedicated pcmcia/cardbus/expresscard ranges anywhere from free to $150, and generally requires a 2 year contract for service.

    Sprint SERO has the best deal on data cards, if you want to go that route. You can generally get their EVDO cards (fastest, most consistent service, atm) for around $50 upfront, and service is $49.99 per month for unlimited data usage.
     
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    Sounds like a good damn plan right there, but in Ireland I don't think I would get anything like it.

    What I want is basically this: http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=101607 And just to play with, at 7 sterling is about worth it :big grin: (though I will need to find a USB/bluetooth one, prob USB)

    SWEET.
     
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    depends on the carrier.

    for example I use Sprint for work, so its [email protected]

    Code:
    Carrier	Email to SMS Gateway	Web to SMS Gateway
    7-11 Speakout (USA GSM)	[email protected]	
    Airtel (Karnataka, India)	[email protected]	
    Alaska Communications Systems	[email protected]	[1]
    Alltel Wireless	[email protected]	[2]
    AT&T Wireless	[email protected]	
    AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular)	[email protected] 
    
    [email protected] [email protected]	
    AT&T Enterprise Paging	[email protected]
    Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile (Canada)	[email protected]	[3]
    Boost Mobile	[email protected]	
    Cellular One (Dobson)	[email protected]	[4]
    Cingular (Postpaid)	[email protected]	[5] (must be logged in prior to visiting this link)
    Centennial Wireless	[email protected]	[6]
    Cingular (GoPhone prepaid)	[email protected] (SMS)
    Claro (Nicaragua)	[email protected]	[7]
    Claro(Peru)		[8]
    Comcel	[email protected]	[9]
    Cricket	[email protected] (MMS) 
    
    [email protected] (SMS)	[10]
    CTI	[email protected]	[11]
    Emtel (Mauritius)	[email protected]	[12]
    Fido(Canada)	[email protected]	[13]
    General Communications Inc.	[email protected]	[14]
    Globalstar	[email protected]	[15]
    Helio	[email protected]	[16]
    Illinois Valley Cellular	[email protected]	[17]
    Iridium (satellite)	[email protected][5]	[18]
    Meteor (Ireland)	[email protected]	
    Mero Mobile (Nepal)	[email protected]	[19]
    MetroPCS	[email protected]	
    Movicom	[email protected]	
    Mobitel(Sri Lanka)	[email protected]	[20]
    Movistar (Colombia)	[email protected]	[21]
    MTN (South Africa)	[email protected]	[22]
    MTS (Canada)	[email protected]	[23]
    Nextel (Argentina)	[email protected]	[24]
    Orange (Poland)	[email protected]	[25]
    Orange (Switzerland)		[26]
    Personal (Argentina)	[email protected]	[27]
    Plus GSM (Poland)	[email protected]	[28]
    President's Choice (Canada)	[email protected]	
    Qwest	[email protected]	[29]
    Rogers (Canada)	[email protected]	[30]
    Sasktel (Canada)	[email protected]	[31]
    Setar Mobile email (Aruba)	[email protected]	[32]
    Sprint (PCS)	[email protected] (SMS) 
    
    [email protected] (MMS)	[33]
    Sprint (Nextel)	[email protected] (SMS) 
    
    [email protected] (Rich Messaging)	[34]
    Suncom	[email protected]	[35]
    Sunrise (Switzerland)		[36]
    Swisscom (Switzerland)		[37]
    [38]
    [39]
    T-Mobile	[email protected]	[40]
    T-Mobile (Austria)	[email protected]	[41]
    Telus Mobility (Canada)	[email protected]	[42]
    Thumb Cellular	[email protected]	[43]
    Thuraya (satellite)		[44]
    Tigo (Formerly Ola)	[email protected]	[45]
    Tracfone (prepaid)	[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]	
    Unicel	[email protected]	[46]
    US Cellular	[email protected] (SMS) 
    
    [email protected] (MMS)	[47]
    Verizon	[email protected] (SMS) 
    
    [email protected] (MMS)	[48]
    Virgin Mobile (Canada)	[email protected]	
    Virgin Mobile (USA)	[email protected]	
    Vodacom(South Africa)	[email protected]	[49] (registration required)
    Vodafone (Portugal)		[50] (registration required)
    YCC	[email protected]	[51]
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    :werd: Used to do this before BB days as well. The function I created would also split up the email into useable chunks (ie split at carriage returns and spaces so the messages made sense), and then sent them in reverse order.
     

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