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IP Phone Hi, have access to free internet via WLAN ( Realtek RTL8187 device) also have IP phone that use DHCP. Q: Can the DHCP be routed to the LAN port on the laptop so I can connect IP phone ? any software to solve this ?? Laptop : Compaq Armada E500, XP HE BR Formulapro

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  • Formulapro Dec 27, 2008

    Hi, I want to go thru all the trouble of routing IP and I do have a VOIP can u help me ??

    BR

    Formulapro


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I am not sure Y want to go thru all the trouble of routing an IP or headset, when there R much simpler J and free or VERY low-cost ways of calling via online providers, even though this reply doesn’t answer your question, I thought it speaks to the ultimate goal, which I can only assume is free LD calling.. If you want to download a free, reliable, user-friendly dialer, you can download X-Lite, which you can find by Google-ing it, but, I believe you can download it @ download.com. There are a bunch of other dialing programs you can download for free too but be aware that they are not all fully-functioning vs (They want you to pay to upgrade for that)

There is also a free networking program you can get that will automatically find and configure your communications devices & service, as well as your computer(s) without having to enter any IP addresses or configuring DNS, eliminating the need for a DCHP server. You can download this @ http://developer.apple.com/networking/bonjour/

Together with a dialing program, such as X-Lite, which is used by at least some VOIP industry professionals, which is how I found out about it – you will be able to make your IP calls pretty simply. However, you need a VOIP account, which costs $ -- they will assign you an actual VOIP phone number, like a hard phone in the real world. BUT, if U want to make free domestic US and free international calls to a number of SELECT countries – most of them are the same countries, with [perhaps] slight variations from provider to provider – for example, the US, Japan, Ireland, ,most other parts of Europe, Australia, and China, to name some. Further, call quality varies quite a bit from provider to provider. Non-select countries will cost, but the rates are WELL BELOW real world/landline rates or any calling card rates U R likely to find. Some providers require a download of their dialers- probably proprietary (but, free) -- and, if U plan to use their services with any regularity, you will need to subscribe [also free, at least most, if not all of them], and register – in your contacts list -- the phone numbers of the people you want to call. Depending on provider, you can make computer to computer (VOIP), computer to land line, land line to land line, land line to mobile, or mobile to mobile calls for free [to select countries – each provider has a list on their Website] or @ VERY, VERY %8 rates – as I said, that are WELL BELOW the rates people typically pay *e.g $0.17 per minute vs 2.1 or 2.3 cents per minute. Some you dial online, others you can use a hard or soft phone. I’ve made a number of calls between the US and Japan, all that were 100% free. Moreover, most, if not all of these services have a trial offer of a few $$s to $10 in calling credits and/or free trial minutes (from a few minutes to 100 min).

Now, make note of this little quirk in the trial credits. IF you call a “free” country and don’t use their little convoluted method for making 100% free calls – for example, one company requires that you call the person you want at the special local number that has been assigned to that international number; this person must also have an account with them, and then, once you connect with that person, you tell them to call you back, and s/he hangs up and calls you back @ the special local phone number they have assigned to your phone number {which is assigned when one “registers” the phone number in one’s contact list.}, while you stay on the phone; then, the both of you are connected free of charge, and you can stay on the phone as long as you want – even days, if you like. – even if the system tells you that you have 0 credits (in which case you stay on the phone until the phone lines connect – a couple of seconds at most) If, however, you don’t both have an account with them, or you don’t use this roundabout calling method, you will burn your free credits or will need to buy credits – I learned the hard way. (BTW, I recommend creating separate accounts for cell and landlines, so you can optimize the free credits/minutes you can get – IF you want to do it on the cheap, that is.) Or, if only one of you has an account, then you will be charged credits for THEIR side of the call, whether you or they initiated the call – it is not like real world calling, VOIP doesn’t have the same rules, policies, or procedures for calling, so, NEVER assume, always carefully read the fine print. Which brings me to the fact that some of the providers charge connection fees, others don’t. B sure to look carefully 2 see which ones charge “extra” fees. Another way you can call someone online is to use a chat/IM tool, like Messenger or Google Chat, which I prefer – you can make a Voice chat call with your headset or IP w/ Google’s chat tool. And, it is 100% free, but it is only computer to computer, not real VOIP. The chat tool/system merely gives you a virtual “place” to “visit” via voice. The upside is that you can view each other and talk at the same time if you have a Webcam -- however, both must be online and, appropriately equipped. –End part 1, to be continued in Pt 2

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

  • PTomi Dec 22, 2008

    Pt 2


    If you want to make
    actual phone calls to land lines or mobile phones, many of these providers will
    allow you to dial online, which will then either connect you via IP or call
    your home phone or mobile number, then, once you pick up, they will ring to the
    person you are calling @ the number you just dialed online or with the dialer
    you installed on your HD – doesn’t matter whether it’s land or mobile. I have
    several accounts with different providers… all free. OR you can use your IP or headset and dial
    online or w/their respective dialing programs, which you have installed on your
    computer, and you can reach them @ any one of the 3 types of phones (IP, land line, or
    mobile#) Others simply give you a local phone number to call, and one or two
    use a dial-around system.





    A number of these providers also give you free
    credits for referrals, so, if you want, I can send you a referral to one or a
    few of the providers. I can also tell you which ones have the best call quality
    – believe me, there can be an enormous difference, which is why I have my
    preferences. Also, if they do not already have local phone numbers established
    in your area, most will do establish one 4 U for free. Keep in mind that there
    are a series of phone numbers that you will use, which MAY be the same numbers as someone else might use in your locale; but, those numbers are only
    good to reach the respective parties the subscriber registered, and will ONLY
    work on your corresponding phones as you registered them with your account. So,
    you can’t call that number from your neighbor’s phone and reach the people
    assigned to whatever number you dial from your home, unless you have identical
    set-upskl. For example, I registered my cousin’s home # & cell # and my
    aunt’s #. The order I registered those #s in my contact’s list, will determine
    the #s that correspond to whom I wish to speak. So, the number I call from my
    home phone to reach my aunt, may be the same number I need to dial from my cell
    to reach my cousin’s home, but the number could be the same from both cell and
    home to reach my cousin’s cell, depending on the order I registered the phone
    numbers in my list. Get it? Anyway, that’s how some of the services work that
    use local phone numbers to reach people you list.





    One of the best
    and cheapest ways to call for free may be to fnd an old VOIP Blaster – yes,
    Creative Labs. They were years and miles ahead of the VOIP game. Unfortunately,
    a bit too early for them and for the technology level back then. They were
    before their time. VOIP Blasters ran
    about $20 new, and did not require broadband or T-1 (actually, I think this was
    pre-broadband) It used plain, old,
    slow-as-molasses, dial-up, and only required loading the dialing software and
    ANY Web page to make a call. It was a simple thing of beauty, with a corded headset
    attached to a dialing apparatus -- though you would sometimes get t of an echo,
    though not prohibitive to functionality. And, since it did use dial-up, there
    was a delay in sound transmission, so you had to pause between talkers, or
    you’d end up stepping on/cutting off each other’s words. But, I would think if
    you found one that was full-duplex (I seem to recall 1st models were
    not, so you DEFINITELY had to REALLY pause between speakers, or you’d cut off
    the front and back ends of sentences,/step on each other’s words, like early
    two-way radio, which required speech, concluded with the word, “over,” PLUS the
    echo was REALLY bad. With today’s advances in tech, coupled with broadband,
    VOIP Blaster’s could clean up and put the rest of the industry away by making
    them obsolete, and monopolize the market, because it was/would be a one-time
    purchase of hardware bundled with dialing software, and could be used with any
    computer on any Web page. But, I
    digress… I think this inffouno provides somewhat a solution to your goals.





    Anyway, If you
    want some referrals to good VOIP providers who will allow you to call for free
    from the US to
    some countries, or state to state, I will write a follow-up reply. It is fun to
    make international calls for free, you feel like you’re getting away with
    something, without being really “bad.”





    Good news, I found a VIOP provider who is free @ callcentric.com. Be aware that is for standard VOIP
    service. Don't just start dialing international numbers, thinking they will be free. Once you set up an account with
    them, you can look into the other services for International calling.





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