Install VoicePulse OpenAccess on the Sipura SPA-2000

Though VoicePulse’s OpenAccess service is particularly well-suited to travellers who want to be able to make calls over their VoicePulse accounts while on the road, the service can also be used as a second line on a Sipura SPA-2000 telephone adaptor. These instructions should have VoicePulse OpenAccess installed on your SPA-2000 in a matter of a few minutes.

VoicePulse, the New Jersey-based commercial provider of Voice over IP services, was o­ne of the first VoIP outfits to offer its users the ability to add soft-phone access to their accounts. For $4.99 a month, VoicePulse subscribers who choose the service, called VoicePulse OpenAccess, receive a second phone number with 200 minutes of calls each month (excess minutes are charged at 3.9 cents each).

Though VoicePulse OpenAccess is particularly well-suited to travellers who want to make calls over their VoicePulse accounts while o­n the road, the service can also be used as a second line o­n a Sipura SPA-2000 telephone adaptor.

The following instructions should have VoicePulse OpenAccess installed o­n your SPA-2000 in a matter of a few minutes.

Instructions

To configure the SPA-2000 you will need to know its IP address. To determine the SPA-2000's IP address, do the following:

Using a phone connected to the SPA-2000, press the “*” key 4 times to turn o­n the voice menu o­n the adaptor. o­nce the voice menu is activated, type “110#”. The voice menu will then read out the SPA-2000's IP address.

Type that IP address into your browser, which should bring up the SPA-2000's main configuration screen. You will need to enter the SPA-2000's administrator's advanced settings. Click o­n “Admin Login.” Now click o­n “Advanced” near the upper-right corner of the configuration screen.

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1. Select which line you want to install VoicePulse OpenAccess o­n. The SPA-2000, unlike other dual-port telephone adaptors o­n the market, allows you to configure each of the analog telephone lines with different IP voice services. If you have signed up with the free VoicePulse service when purchasing your SPA-2000 from The Voxilla Store, you will o­nly have the choice of configuring “Line 2” o­n this screen because VoicePulse will already be installed o­n “Line 1;”

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2. Select “Yes” for “Line Enable;”

3. The default SIP Port is “5060.” Under most circumstances, this is fine. However, if you have a pre-existing IP telephony device o­n your network, such as a Cisco ATA-186, which is already configured to use port 5060, use “5061” as your “Sip Port” o­n the SPA-2000;

4. The “Network Jitter Level,” a setting added to revision 1.0.12 of the SPA-2000 firmware, is aimed at correcting an audible click during certain phone conversations. Experiment with this setting if you hear extraneous clicking sounds in the middle of calls;

5. If your SPA-2000 is o­n a DHCP network, where IP addresses are dynamically assigned by a router, select “Yes” for “NAT Mapping Enable.” If you have assigned a static IP address to your SPA-2000 and you are not o­n a DHCP server, then select “No” for this field;

6. If your SPA-2000 is o­n a DHCP network, where IP addresses are dynamically assigned by a router, select “Yes” for “NAT Keep Alive Enable.” If you have assigned a static IP address to your SPA-2000 and you are not o­n a DHCP server, then select “No” for this field;

Proxy and Registration area

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7. Set “Proxy” to “access1.voicepulse.com;”

8. Leave”Outbound Proxy” blank;

9. Set “Register” to “Yes;”

10. Set “Use Outbound Proxy” to “No;”

Subscriber Information area

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11. The “Display Name” setting has no impact with VoicePulse OpenAccess, so just leave it blank;

12. Enter your VoicePulse OpenAccess password in the “Password” field;

13. Enter your VoicePulse OpenAccess User ID in the “User ID” field;

Audio Configuration area

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14. The “Preferred Codec” setting depends largely o­n your internet bandwidth. If you have a speedy broadband connection to the internet, using “G711u” will usually provide the highest voice quality. If your internet connection is slower — under 90 Kbps — it is best to choose a high-compression Codec such as “729a;”

Dial Plan area

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15. Set “Dial Plan” to “(*xxx|*xx|[3469]11|0|00|[2-9]xxxxxx|1xxx[2-9]xxxxxx|xxxxxxxxxxxx.)” omitting the quotation marks).

After entering the above settings, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Submit All Changes”. This will force the unit to reboot.

After the reboot, the main configuration page will open. Check the “Registration State” under “Line X Status” (where X is the line you just configured). If the state is set to “Registered,” your SPA-2000 is now set up to work with VoicePulse OpenAccess. If not, carefully follow the above steps again.

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