Megapath’s New Speed Test Plus Is a Valuable Free Tool for VoIP Users

Megapath's Speed Test Plus

Every serious VoIP user has at one time or another tested his or her downstream and upstream bandwidth to see if there's a problem. Sometimes (though rarely at today's typical broadband speeds), a bottleneck large enough to affect voice conversations is pinpointed through such a test. But several other internet connectivity factors can have an impact on VoIP quality. Megapath, one of the major independent internet service providers in the U.S., has updated its popular internet speed Speed … [Read more...]

Bill Simon’s Free SIP-to-XMPP Gateway Easily Puts Google Voice on Your VoIP Phone

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Unless you're an adventurous VoIP tinkerer, there is no easy do-it-yourself approach to getting Google Voice to work over an IP phone's unused line. Obihai Technologies series of Obi telephone adaptors allow you to easily use a basic analog phone with Google Voice, but some contortion is required to use an Obi with an IP phone, and even then it may not work. You can follow our guide to rigging an OBi together with Cisco SPA-series IP phones (or Polycom phones as Voxilla member "Priller" … [Read more...]

Discouraged by Voxalot’s Planned Shutdown? PBXes Can Help

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The announced shutdown at year's end of the popular Voxalot SIP account aggregation service due to "rising costs of operation" has left many VoIP enthusiasts searching for an alternative. Though finding a direct replacement for the easy-to-use Voxalot is difficult, one service, PBXes.com, comes very close. Both Voxalot and PBXes.com allow advanced VoIP users to combine separate accounts on a virtual server (or, in the currently popular vernacular, the "cloud") so that user-authored dial … [Read more...]

How To: OBify Your IP Phone (No Asterisk Involved)

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Do you have an extra line sitting empty on that IP phone on your desk? Here's an idea for it: Use it to make and receive Google Voice calls by linking it to an OBi110. Setting up an IP phone-OBi connection will also allow you to dial other OBi users directly and easily give the IP phone incoming and outgoing access to a PSTN line — including regular landline emergency 911 calling — with no other hardware needed. Follow along, and you will: Have incoming calls to your … [Read more...]