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2006-03-08 04:41:22.253353+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

MarkV wants some help with a VOIP experiment, in the process implying (I haven't done enough reading yet to verify) that Asterisk plus VoicePulse Connect! on, say, my home server, might let me use my various laptops as my telephone?

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-08 05:54:55.324413+00 by: mvandewettering

Yes. It would allow you to make calls, although their might be better services. I picked VoicePulse Connect! just based on the fact that they support the IAX protocol that Asterisk uses. For $11 a month, they assign you an incoming phone number in pretty much any area code you like, and all incoming calls are free. Outgoing calls are billed at something like $0.02 a minute. I'm digging around trying to find other alternatives: I've heard that telasip.com has an all-you-can-eat offering for $15 a month. Asterisk is perfectly happy using SIP instead of IAX.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-08 18:30:22.242399+00 by: dexev

Sounds like you're trying to do two things at once -- use SIP to make calls with a softphone on your laptop, and play with asterisk.

You don't need asterisk to use VoIP. Any of the VoIP providers should let you just connect to their proxy with a softphone or ATA.

Asterisk comes in if you want to be your own VoIP provider. You can get a TDM card ($200) from digium, and have asterisk route your VoIP calls out your home phone line.

I wouldn't worry about IAX support -- it's not terribly stable, and you're unlikely to see any benefit as a home user.