Category: "VoIP"

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08/07/06

  09:23:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 363 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

I got it....a DPH-540

With no great surprise, I bought myself a D-Link DPH-540 WiFi VoIP phone. I picked it up from the post office today. And, when I got home from work...the first thing (well, almost....first I washed the sweat off of me, and then I made a required phone call to my parents....) I did was signup with BroadVoice.com.

It wasn't so much that this was a VoIP provider that would work with the D-Link, but in prior research I found that they were one of the few that offered Manhattan, KS local phone numbers. The fact that they have a BYOD plan was the icing. &#59;D

Overall, the setup went pretty smoothly.

The first obstacle, was that it wouldn't register with my WiFi network and get an IP. That turned out to be my fault :oops: I had forgotten to add its MAC address to my WiFi AP, to allow it to connect.

The second obstacle was a little bit harder to solve. And, required use of some reading and other diagnostics. Broadvoice had given the name of its 'proxy_ip' as "proxy-nyc.broadvoice.com". Some investigation reveiled that it didn't exist. And, further investigation eventually led to the discovery that it should've been "proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com". Though it appears there are other proxies available, I wonder why this one. Guess its a question of whether network-wise if proxy.chi.broadvoice.com is closer or not than proxy.nyc.broadvoice.com. Wonder what other proxies they have, and whether they would matter as I roam with my phone.

The final problem seems to be with voicemail. I set up custom greetings, but so far it is greeting me with the system default one. I don't like it....though I suppose it would be obvious to a caller whether I'm busy or wasn't available to answer, without the default system greeting telling them this.

Next thing is to see how it works on the Campus WiFi network....which is largely the reason for a WiFi VoIP device. Wonder what the fate of my cellphone will be. :??:

Actually, the next thing will be to find a case to wear the phone around....

07/30/06

  11:42:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 1003 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, Networking, Cox HSI, AT&T DSL, Broadband

Setting up another WRT54GS

Well, I decided it was time to setup the other WRT54GS....in anticipation of getting Yahoo!DSL...which I ordered just as I was losing hope of getting Cox in time.... though I ended up getting it just in time, so I was able to check online if I needed to go into work at 12:01am or not :>>

But, I decided not to cancel the order, even though I don't know how to live with landline again (and it is rather expensive considering that it is just basic local only service). There was a time where I thought about running a dual WAN home network, and it looks like I'm gonna do this. &#59;D

So, to start this process....the first thing is to find my WRT54GS. I tried to remember which box it might have been stashed into, and hoped to myself that I at least marked on the box that it was in there. After about two hours of digging around, I noticed that it was sitting on the bottom shelf of my computer desk. Guess I had previously found it, and set it aside for this future event.... :oops:

Now to check my laptop so that I can replace the firmware with Sveasoft and load in my various customizations.

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07/26/06

  04:41:43 pm, by The Dreamer   , 69 words  
Categories: Time Warner/Cox Cable, VoIP, Networking, TV, HDTV, Cox HSI

Yeah....

I have cable TV and broadband again!

:wave:

Had to use my own modem, rather than the free one....the installer didn't have my details for what I had ordered, and therefore didn't have that equipment. But, better to get service....and he did land a HD converter (and I had that SB5101 laying around).

Now I'm just waiting for a DPH-540 to appear, so I can do phone....

07/19/06

  07:04:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 317 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, WiFi

D-Link DPH-540 Wi-Fi Phone

Link: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=485

I've been toying with getting a WiFi VoIP phone for some time....especially since I can't get cell service down in the basement where I work.

Meanwhile, there is also an issue where I can't get local numbers from the VoIP carriers that I belong to. So, I've been thinking of jumping ship.

The only hard part is my existing phone numbers. Some I would like to keep, others I'm less concerned about.

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06/24/06

  10:25:33 am, by The Dreamer   , 2145 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Software, Computer, Momitsu V880N, Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi, AppleTV, PDA

SanDisk Cruzer Micro (2GB) w/U3

Yesterday I bought one of these from Best Buy. I had been on the fence for getting one for a while, since floppy drives are starting to get scare and CDs aren't practical. And, there'll be times where using the Internet be an option, either.

But, it came down to size for price and convenience. I have an iPod Shuffle, and I do have most of it set aside for space...but I never actually use it for data, because it isn't all that practical. I don't like the music part of it that much and having to deal with a cap that I can lose reduces my desire to actually carry it around.

During my recent trip, I got to thinking that there should be some way to better synchronize the data for RoboForm between my computers. And, read about GoodSync and later the Pass2Go product. Seemed the way to go with this might be a USB Flash Key, and possibly one with U3. Even though U3 isn't Mac, but then RoboForm isn't available for the Mac yet and I don't currently own one yet. But, I'm contemplating one to replace my old laptop....inaddition to the HTmac, I've been talking about building

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06/17/06

  01:16:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 96 words  
Categories: General, VoIP, AT&T DSL

I now have a Manhattan, KS phone number

Link: http://www.privatephone.com/

Using this interesting service that gives me a voice mail only number. Well, I could upgrade to software VoIP...but I'm not looking for that right now.

Interesting question is do I still need to get local phone service after I move to Manhattan, KS? Probably, since it'll probably be a requirement for DSL....

But, at least now I have a number that locals can reach me through.....and a sort of solution to the fact that I apparently won't be able to get Manhattan, KS numbers for the VoIP services that I currently subscribe to.

06/07/06

  10:24:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 494 words  
Categories: Travel, VoIP, Networking, RoadRunner

The death of dialup....

Long after I got broadband service, I continued to have a dialup ISP account. Namely with IBM->ATT Global->Business Net (I think that's how it evolved).... I was principally using the account so that I could access the Internet when traveling, though I did occasionally have to use it as backup for when my broadband was down. And, there was also the gap during my last move.

But, about a year and half now, I've been living landline free at home. So, using it as backup to my broadband....just doesn't work anymore. And, the amount of travel I do is so very little, and just about everywhere I've gone...there has been some kind of WiFi access. Free or Pay.

About the only reason I'm truly hesitant to give up the account, is the email address. For a long time it was my stable, non-free, non-personalized email address (and not dependent on any of the domains that I have registered....) Which was supposed to mean that it was the most reliable way to reach me. Except that it is 99.999% spam these days...and that's at a rate of 100's of messages per day.

So, I think it will be time to finally cancel my dialup account. Even though the monthly savings will be insignificant compared to the upcoming change in lifestyle....:**:

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05/06/06

  10:29:28 am, by The Dreamer   , 439 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, Computer, VoIP, Networking

Problems with "Latest iptables tweaks on 'box'"

Link: http://lawrence.chen-online.net/index.php?title=latest_iptables_tweaks_on_box&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

For what was apparently the first time since I made this tweak...I was trying to participate in a webcast. And, I was getting very inconsistent and choppy results that didn't make any sense. Because things had been working great the week before.

At first I blamed my ISP...but couldn't find any evidence of problems with other applications and transfers. So, it was just the one application that wasn't working.

Though with all the chatter of ISPs that block certain protocols...they could be interferring with the a/v stream.... There was report of a bad 'line' during a call the other day....so maybe an issue for me, though I think there were other issues (like the fact that the other ends insist on using speakerphones.)

Anyways, back to the issue with the 'webcast'.....I started trying to think of what changes I had done to my network last weekend.

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02/10/06

  09:57:18 am, by The Dreamer   , 368 words  
Categories: VoIP

Vonage IPO & E-911

Vonage IPO filing describes E911 chamber of horrors by ZDNet's Russell Shaw -- I've spent a good bit of the last couple of days reading every word of the Vonage IPO filing.Keeping in mind that it is the legal and fiduciary duty of companies that file Initial Public Offering paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to articulate all risks to potential shareholders, there's a section on Vonage's [...]

Now, are you still willing to think that VoIP has E911 solved- or is even well on the way toward doing so?

I still don't get why people are so bent out of shape on needing E911 service on VoIP.

When I signed up for Vonage, I didn't care whether it had E911 service or not. In fact, I didn't care if it didn't have it. Though I did activate it...just for the hell of it.

E911 was the last reason I would want VoIP....other than the significant savings on my long distance calling (to my parents), there is that non-geographical restriction....

Like, should I find my next job....in another city...I can still keep my old phone number, and remain reachable by the friends I have in this one....

Plus, considering that the one time I needed call 911 from a land-line, it was totally useless. I was really sick and drifting in and out of consciousness, so I called 911....during the call I lost consciousness. When I came to, the 911 operator was still there trying to find out where I lived. Umm, I'm in the same neighborhood as the call center....

And, then when I finally did get the info over to them....there was the other complicating factor that the landlord had recently started locking the front door after hours, so the paramedics couldn't get it.

Next time I'm dying, I think I'll just die. XX(

Though the last time I came close, half a dozen people turned up with cellphones and they all called it in....it was later that somebody came over and pulled me out of my car, because they were worried it was about to explode. )-o

I wonder if I'll be in the position to get in on the IPO.....:??:

01/31/06

  10:37:39 am, by The Dreamer   , 256 words  
Categories: ReplayTV, Software, VoIP, BOINC

Software Wish: "I'm Busy"

I was just thinking now there ought to be a program (for Windows) called "I'm Busy" (or "IM Busy", though it should work more than just IM programs).

I just had another phone interview, which I thought was very challenging and interesting...hopefully I'll get at least some response from it. Anyways, each time that I have one of these calls, I've gone to various programs in my system tray to quiet things down.

Namely, I set busy (or on the phone) status on each of the IM programs on my computer (ICQ, AIM, Y!, GTalk, MSN....I guess that's everything, at work I used to have Rhymbox....because Livelink IM uses Jabber, but requires a client that does SSL...there have been others, but lack of buddies on those has had me discontinue them inorder to keep sufficient real estate on my screen open &#59;) )

But, there's other things I want to toggle when setting 'on the phone' state. Namely, change ANT4MC to offline status (so I won't have the computer announcing the arrival of new mail to the dozens of accounts I have) and change BOINC Manager to 'suspend'. Because when BOINC is running, my computer sounds like a jet engine.....

Anybody now if such a program exists?

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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