another newbie question from another newbie....

Discussion in 'UK VOIP' started by Lee, May 17, 2005.

  1. Lee

    Lee Guest

    My family live in the UK and we have relatives posted in Turkey, the
    Phillipines, and USA. We all currently use Skype and everyone LOVES it -
    especially the conference calling. Some of us have purchased SkypeIn numbers
    to allow relatives to make local calls [free of charge in the US for
    example] that come through to us on Skype. We have a DECT phone plugged into
    a USB adaptor on the PC and we take our Skype calls anywhere in the house.

    Having just discovered this newgroup today, I find people being critical of
    Skype and stressing SIP as an alternative however I really don't get the
    difference in terms of the end user experience.

    Maybe I am being a little slow on the uptake but can someone please explain
    what I am missing?

    What benefits would I gain from running asterisk here at home? If it helps,
    I am fairly tech literate - running a couple of linux web/mail servers on
    the net, a linux-based home server runs our mail/family calendar/PDA syncing
    as well as acting as a file store for backups and so on.

    Thanks in advance

    Lee, May 17, 2005
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  2. Lee

    Ivor Jones Guest

    Skype is ok as far as it goes, *but* (a) it uses a proprietary protocol
    that isn't compatible with anything else and (b) you require a PC to be on
    all the time.

    A SIP based system is compatible with hardware and software from a variety
    of sources and using a hardware adaptor doesn't need a PC to be on all the

    You can use asterisk if you want but it seems a bit OTT for a home system
    in my opinion.

    Ivor Jones, May 17, 2005
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  3. Lee

    Lee Guest

    OK. Well, that makes a big difference there already especially as the
    Skype>USB Adaptor>DECT combination requires my windows machine to be
    permanently left on which I would rather not do.
    I have been doing a little reading around and *think* I have got my head
    around things.

    Am I correct in thinking that if I wish to allow handsets to choose routing
    of outgoing calls via SIP or BT landline I have to have an ATA that has a
    FXO port? E.g. the SPA-3000 from Sipura.
    that's what I suspected. Thank you.
    Lee, May 17, 2005
  4. Lee

    Ivor Jones Guest

    It does seem the long winded way of doing things..! My ATA is connected to
    the router and then connects into the PABX, but most people would just
    plug phones directly in, of course.
    Yes, if you want the system to do the routing choice for you. I have my
    PSTN lines and Sipgate lines connected to a PABX which has the facility to
    select a particular line for a call, so if I want to dial out on Sipgate I
    select either line 1 or 2 and if I want PSTN I use 3 or 4. That works for
    me as I like to decide for myself which line to use, but YMMV of course.

    Ivor Jones, May 17, 2005
  5. Lee

    Lee Guest

    Thanks again. That is what we would be doing.
    Sorry, as opposed to what? I would not need the FXO port if I used the
    handset to choose the routing via a # or 9 or something? I would still need
    to plug something into the landline and this is where I am getting
    confused.[I have no PABX, nor did I originally wish to go down that
    road.....subject to item below]
    I think having a domestic PABX is a bit over the top. Though, if it allows
    what you say then possibly.....
    Lee, May 17, 2005
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