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u/SirEDCaLot · 9 pointsr/VOIP

TL;DR- yeah there are ways to do this but I don't necessarily recommend them. If the heart monitor is life-safety equipment, and a failed dial-in could put your wife's health at risk-- please don't attempt any of this, just stay with the cable company line. Saving $20/mo isn't worth losing your wife over.

Okay a few things to understand first.

  1. Phone ports. There are two types of phone ports- FXO and FXS. FXO ports connect to a line, FXS ports provide a line (and battery voltage / ringing / etc). So the port on your heart monitor is an FXO port, the port on your cable modem is an FXS port. Note that FXO/S refers to the electrical configuration of the port, not the physical construction of the port.
    The RJ11 port on your laptop modem is an FXO port (just like the monitor), and is physically incapable of providing a phone line for your wife's heart monitor.
    There are MagicJack type gadgets that DO provide an FXS port, or dedicated devices called ATAs (Analog Telephony Adapter) that have Ethernet on one end and FXS on the other. You'll need something like that to make this all work.

  2. Codecs. When VoIP services transmit audio over the Internet, that audio is encoded using a codec. There are a whole handful of codecs used by VoIP, all with various benefits and limitations. However the vast majority of VoIP codecs are 'lossy' codecs- that means the audio that comes out is not exactly the same as the audio that goes in. In order to save bandwidth, a 'lossy' codec throws away some of the audio data. They're designed to work in a way that humans won't notice much or at all, but a lossy codec is incompatible with modems (including faxes and heart monitors) because modems depend on sound to be transmitted PRECISELY.
    If your VoIP service uses a lossy codec, then it will not work at all with your heart monitor.
    Some VoIP services let the user select which codec to use- the only codec that will work with modems is G.711 uLaw/aLaw.

  3. Jitter. Latency is the Internet delay between when you transmit a packet in one place and when that packet is received in another place. The PING tool in Windows measures latency. Jitter is changes in latency- if your latency between you and your VoIP service varies from 20ms to 25ms, you have 5ms of jitter.
    Most VoIP systems transmit a voice packet approximately every 20ms. Jitter can cause a delay between packets (causing the receiving end to run out of audio to play), or cause packets to be delivered in a bunch (in some cases causing one to be skipped). This causes little problem for most VoIP as 20ms of lost audio won't interrupt a conversation. However modems cannot deal with jitter- modems are looking for specific sound waves to happen or not happen at specific points in time. If that sound happens later or earlier than expected, it can disrupt the data transmission.
    Some VoIP systems have a 'jitter buffer'- to guard the audio against jitter, each end buffers about 100ms worth of audio. That way packets can come in whenever they get in, but the audio is played correctly out of the buffer.
    Modems can deal with latency, but not jitter. So you need to make sure your VoIP system has a relatively fixed jitter buffer for reliable data transmission.

  4. Reliability. As you can hopefully see, getting data transmission to work over VoIP is a bit harder than getting voice to work. In the VoIP industry, it's accepted that faxing over VoIP is never guaranteed-reliable. Sometimes it can be made to work, but it's easy to break. Fax machines use modems to communicate, just like your heart monitor.
    As such, I'd suggest a hard think about what the benefit of this system is (lower cost presumably), but more importantly, what's the consequence if it fails. If a failed connection from the heart monitor could mean health consequences for your wife, then I'd strongly suggest scrapping this idea and sticking with the cable company phone service. This may be a fun project and might save you a few bucks, but that's not worth losing your wife over.

    That all said- If you want to do this, I don't think the laptop is the way to go. I suggest purchasing a basic ATA, such as a Cisco/Linksys PAP2T-NA or Cisco SPA112. Both are available from Amazon.
    Then you'll want a basic VoIP service. For what you're doing (outbound calls only), I suggest . You don't even need to assign your ATA a phone number, so there's no monthly fees, it will just charge a cent or two every minute each time your heart monitor dials out. This will reduce your monthly spend to probably well under $1 (that's not a typo). Note that in this configuration, there will be no 911 service on this system.

    However, configuring this is non-trivial. The Cisco ATAs have approximately 912743832487 options to configure, many of which will affect operation with your heart monitor. Your general process will go like this- Setup, get the SIP credentials, and find a guide to configure the ATA for (their support page should have one). Then for the line/port that you're using, turn on jitter buffer, type is fixed (not adaptive), length is medium. Enable fax mode for always (not auto detect). Disable call waiting. Disable echo cancellation. Enable make call without registration. Set codec to be ONLY G.711 uLaw.
    Now go in your router setup. Look for Quality of Service (QoS) or traffic priority or something like that. Not all routers have this feature. Prioritize the traffic from your ATA device to the highest level. This prevents a big download from interrupting the heart monitor.
    Now get yourself a DSL filter. Plug it into the ATA. The filter removes non-audio frequencies and can make data over VoIP more reliable.
    Next plug a normal analog phone into the DSL filter and make some test calls. Expect there to be a slight delay (due to jitter buffer) and echo (due to no echo cancellation). That's fine, they don't affect faxing. Aside from delay and echo, voice quality should be very good with no dropped syllables or anything like that.
    Finally plug the heart monitor into the DSL filter and force it to phone home. Do this 3 or 4 times. It should be able to successfully dial in every time.

    Hope that helps! Feel free to ask if you have any questions...
u/lirakis · 2 pointsr/VOIP

this man knows what he's talking about ;)

In general, in my opinion, headsets that are created specifically for VoIP use are generally garbage, for the reasons /u/the_real_swk said 8khz mono (maybe 16khz). That is going to sound like crap compared to even the cheapest stereo usb headset when you are using anything but pstn calling. If all you do is PSTN calls and you want cell phone quality ... a VoIP headset is right for you, otherwise get a gaming headset.

I personally use the Logitech G930. It's super convenient to have wireless, and in general I would say it's a great value. I have a Sennheiser dw Pro 2 (a $350 wireless voip headset) and it sounds like trash compared to the G930's.

u/firedrow · 2 pointsr/VOIP

If you want to stick to the DIY approach, I like FreePBX. I haven't tried it for several years, but I do keep updated about it via different Subreddits. I have been looking at some whitebox appliances for firewalls, but they would work for micro-servers/PBX pretty well. There's a dual gigabit, Intel Celeron, AES-NI, 8GB RAM, 120GB mSATA for $259 that would probably work especially well I would think.

Yealink phones are great, no arguments there.

Have you considered pre-built PBX? Grandstream has their UCM6202 for $220 on Amazon. It's a nice WebUI over an Asterisk backend in a pre-built appliance. I use this internally for our company, on-prem for clients, and in our data center as multi-tenant PBX for hosted clients.

I have used Axvoice and, and I'm using Flowroute personally. Our company uses internally and for client systems.

u/electrik_wizard · 1 pointr/VOIP

This is a pretty high-level book that I bought when I was first learning:

It's cheap and fairly short.

This is a much longer, more expensive, but waaaay more comprehensive look at telephony as a whole and the movement to VoIP:

For you, I would suggest the first one.

And even though the internet has turned on him recently (he did get pretty weird), Eli the Computer Guy has a good high-level video on it:

u/crazyk4952 · 2 pointsr/VOIP

I've used voip for my home phone service for the past several years.

I first started with an ATA connected to a Panasonic DECT cordless phone. This worked fine, but I was always having to troubleshoot issues with DTMF talk-off and echo.

A few years later, I decided to stop using the ATA and upgrade to an actual IP phone. The difference was huge. I never had echo issues or DTMF talk-off issues with the IP phone. Also, the sound quality was much better and there was less latency in the conversation.

I would highly recommend that you spend a little more money and get an IP phone. They don't have to be as expensive as a Cisco phone. Here are a few that may be worth considering (I'm not sure if you are looking for a desk phone, or a cordless one.):

u/Mango123456 · 1 pointr/VOIP

An OBi110 would probably be your cheapest bet. It's now discontinued, but works perfectly well.

It looks like it's cheaper from even with shipping to Canada and the currency conversion.

> or is there software that will use a Data/Fax/Voice modem?

Theoretically yes although I'm told the audio quality doing it that way is terrible.

u/xisonc · 1 pointr/VOIP

Grandstream GXP2130:

Amazon $99 CAD, free shipping with prime (I have) - $118 CAD + shipping on small orders :

I have a bunch of GXP21XX series in the field and people like them. I like them better than my Cisco SPA303.

Where should I be looking? Keep in mind I'm in Canada.

u/j0mbie · 1 pointr/VOIP

I have used these to great success in the past with asterisk-based systems. They make an 8-port version too.

However, it's always better to use a SIP trunk instead, with proper QoS on your firewall.

u/motech · 1 pointr/VOIP

Grandstream UCM6202 IP PBX- 2 Port

Very easy to config. Great price. Save your monthly bill.

u/agnewt · 2 pointsr/VOIP

My first question is are the phones turning on? If the phones turn on when plugged into the wall, but doesn't when plugged into the switch, the phones are getting power from the core switch.

If this is the case, you're going to need a power injector or a POE(Power over Ethernet) Switch to power the phones. In a previous company we used this one with some good luck.

u/omegaken · 3 pointsr/VOIP

Not really able to help on your question, but why not go with something like this:

with a sip carrier or:

if you really want google voice. Not sure that the second one is still supported.

u/retsotrembla · 2 pointsr/VOIP

If I had known how easy it was, I would have done it years ago.

I bought an Obi200 interface box for about $50. It has 3 sockets: power, phone, and ethernet. I plugged its wall-wart into the power socket, my old home phone into the phone socket, and used an ethernet cable to connect it to my home router.

I used the router's configuration web-page to make the Obi200 visible to outside world.

Next step was picking a phone service provider. Obihai lists a dozen vendors that provide phone service through the device. I went with PhonePower at $33 per year. I paid $15 to port my old phone number away from AT&T. So, for better phone service, I'm paying $33 per year instead of the $545 that AT&T was charging me.

u/s_Firebert0z · 3 pointsr/VOIP

You can use a ATA box to convert the fax phone signal to VoIP.

This will allow you to connect to a SIP network via static IP or by registration.
I've used ATA boxes to test fax over SIP with my companies software and it worked fine. I've not used the cisco boxes linked above and can't remember the model I used. It supports G711/T.38 either way so should be fine.

u/kronicoutkast · 2 pointsr/VOIP

An ATA is a device that will register a SIP extension and hand it off to a normal POTS phone.

Like this:
Cisco SPA112 2 Port Phone Adapter

This way you don't need to replace all your phones.

u/vtbrian · 1 pointr/VOIP

Right. If you want to go with Cisco, you could get something like a VG224 or just get enough FXS cards for an existing Cisco router. You may also need a PVDM card in the router if you don't already have one.

Your other option would be to use just about any ATA device. Cisco makes the ATA187s which has 2 ports. There's a lot of 3rd party ATA devices you could use such as this 8-port Linksys one-

u/Ethril · 2 pointsr/VOIP

I'm a generalist who got hired into a communications company back in April to do networking and build some cloud crap. VOIP and Unified Communications got me up to speed pretty quickly. It's a pretty good history of telephony, overview of the protocols, and various services and devices. It won't prepare you to administer a system, but rather to start taking whatever vendors certs, and to understand what you're looking at in packet captures.

u/8gigcheckbook · 1 pointr/VOIP

Ok, sorry it's taken me so long to respond--hopefully you're still willing to look at this.

I don't think we have a PBX system, if I'm understanding the term correctly. We have a Panasonic KX-TG4500 system that our standard phone lines just plug into. My understanding is that this won't work with a VOIP system?

We need ~7 handsets and a fax machine.


u/genxer · 1 pointr/VOIP

I love banging around on asterisk. If that is the goal take a look at elastix or pbxinaflash...Use the android phone as a SIP client.

Now -- if your goal is to make calls grab --

Yes it cost money -- but -- you should quickly make that up when
compared to having an old computer run 24x7.

u/exvoater · 1 pointr/VOIP

Consider the Panasonic KX-TGP550 SIP DECT.

Supports up to six phones and eight lines. Can do everything you want except for record calls. I think there are other means available to record calls.

u/ALargeAndMovingTorb · 1 pointr/VOIP

I'm in the lower Hudson Valley NY. For my home office I use Callcentric with a Cisco SPA112. Callcentric is based in NY and their quality is excellent.

u/DiverAllen · 1 pointr/VOIP

It's as Mango123456 said. However, you could add a device like The Stick which comes after your OBI and has a Fax port and a Phone port. It will listen for the fax tones on incoming calls and route the call to the appropriate port. If you turn the ringer off on your fax then you will not get a ring when a fax comes in.

u/timmerk · 1 pointr/VOIP

It can be done at very slow speeds via Google Voice, if you really want to do this. If so, you will need this:

u/rockker60 · 1 pointr/VOIP

+1 for Callcentric! I use a Obi200 phone adapter.

u/ad5ou · 7 pointsr/VOIP

Absolute simplest method is with an Obi200 Google Voice enabled ATA

u/ryao · 1 pointr/VOIP

Get an obihai obi200 and a POTS phone:

Then configure it to use Google Voice. You will be able to get telemarketers sent to google voicemail and have no monthly fee.