This handy step-by-step guide will show you how to use VoicePulse Connect with a Linksys or Sipura telephone adaptor.
VoicePulse's "Connect" service, which allows subscribers to use any
hardware or software device to make and receive phone calls, has the potential
to make a big impact on the world of Voice over IP.
Many consider the service to be ideal in a setting where a PBX, such as the
open source Asterisk, is installed. But with per-minute rates of $0.029 within
the US and very attractive international rates, there are advantages to its
use in other settings, and with basic VoIP hardware.
The following step-by-step guide will show you how to use VoicePulse Connect
with a Linksys/Sipura telephone adaptor, such as the SPA1000, SPA1001, SPA2000, SPA2002, SPA2100, SPA2102, SPA3000 and SPA3102:
To configure the telephone adaptor you will need to know its IP address. To determine the IP address, do the following:
Using a phone connected to the adaptor, 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 adaptor's IP address.
Type that IP address into your browser, which should bring up the adaptor's
main configuration screen. You will need to enter the adaptor's administrator's
advanced settings. Click on "Admin Login." Now click on "Advanced" near the
upper-right corner of the configuration screen.
1. Select which line you want to install VoicePulse Connect on. A Linksys/Sipura two-port adaptor (SPA2000, SPA2002, SPA2100 and SPA2102),
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 adaptor
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;"
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, which is already configured to use port 5060, use "5061"
as your "Sip Port" on the adaptor;
4. The "Network Jitter Level," 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 adaptor 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 adaptor and you are not on a DHCP server, then
select "No" for this field;
6. If your adaptor 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 adaptor and you are not on a DHCP server,
then select "No" for this field;
Proxy and Registration area
7. Set "Proxy" to "gw5.voicepulse.com;"
8. Leave"Outbound Proxy" blank;
9. Set "Register" to "Yes;"
10. Set "Use Outbound Proxy" to "No;"
Subscriber Information area
11. The "Display Name" setting has no impact with VoicePulse Connect, so just
leave it blank;
12. Enter your VoicePulse Connect password in the "Password" field;
13. Enter your VoicePulse Connect User ID in the "User ID" field;
Audio Configuration area
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
15. Set "Dial Plan" to "(*xxx|*xx|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 Linksys/Sipura is now set up to work with VoicePulse
Connect. If not, carefully follow the above steps again.