Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Use Your OBi202 as a Google Voice™ Gateway for a SIP IP Phone

Important Note:  Before you begin to make configuration modification to your OBi device, please note that modifications are best made via the OBiTALK portal OBi Expert configuration pages. Using OBiTALK, the set-up of Google Voice and SIP accounts is easy.  In the OBiTALK portal Device Configuration page for your unit, you will find the access button for the OBi Expert configuration pages.  Click Here for more information on OBi Expert configuration.

What Does this Accomplish?

-          You will be able to make calls from the IP phone using the Google Voice account on the OBi202.
-          You may also receive calls on the IP phone from the Google Voice account running on the OBi202.
The Caller ID will be the original caller’s incoming phone number.
-          You do not need a static IP address on the IP phone.  It will get its IP address from the OBi202.



What You Need:

As shown in the picture, you will need the following items:
-          An OBi202 with an available “SP” service to be configured as a SIP Proxy for the IP phone.
-          A Google Voice account correctly configured on the OBi202.
Use the OBiTALK.com portal to set -up the Google Voice account on the OBi202.
Also, use the OBiTALK portal OBi Expert Configuration pages to make all modifications to the OBi202 parameter settings.
-          A SIP IP phone (Cisco SPA508G shown here) installed on the LAN-port side of the OBi202.
-          An available EXT (or Line) on the IP phone to be used with the OBi202.


How to Set-up the OBi202 & IP Phone

Without loss of generality, we assume:
-          ITSP Profile A and SP1 on the OBi202 are configured with the proper Google Voice account:
o    ITSP Profile A/General/SignalingProtocol = Google Voice
o    SP1 Service/X_ServProvProfile = A
o    SP1 Service/AuthUserName = mygmail@gmail.com
o    SP1 Service/AuthPassword = mygmail-password
-          Use ITSP Profile B and SP2 on the OBi202 configured as proxy for the IP phone.
-          Use EXT 1 on the IP phone for this configuration, with the private number: 1001.
-          In this example the OBi202’s OBi Number is: 500 111 345

On the OBi202, set up the following parameters:
-          ITSP Profile B/General/SignalingProtocol = SIP (default)
-          ITSP Profile B/SIP/ProxyServer =    (a dummy non-empty value)
-          ITSP Profile B/SIP/X_SpoofCallerID = yes (or checked)
-          SP2/X_ServProvProfile = B
-          SP2/X_UserAgentPort = 5061 (default)
-          SP2/X_RegisterEnable = no (or unchecked)
-          SP2/AuthUserName = 1001
-          SP2/AuthPassword = AnyPhonePassword
-          SP2/X_Proxy = yes (or checked)
-          SP2/X_InboundCallRoute = {1001>:SP1}  
or just add the rule to the beginning of the current X_InboundCallRoute value.
-          SP1/X_InboundCallRoute = {SP2(1001@local_client)}

On the Cisco SPA50xG IP phone, set-up the following parameters (or equivalent on other phones):
-          EXT 1/Proxy = 500111345.pnn.obihai.com:5061
-          EXT 1/User ID = 1001
-          Ext 1/Password = AnyPhonePassword
-          EXT 1/Register Expires = 60
-          EXT 1/Register = yes
-          SIP/Send Resp To Src Port = yes

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Make and Receive Calls Using Your Cell Phone's Service with OBiBT

Use OBiBT to Make and Receive Calls on the OBi202 Via a Mobile Phone Service

The Obihai OBiBT Bluetooth® Wireless Adapter allows a USB equipped OBi device like the OBi202 to pair with a mobile phone so you can place calls and answer calls using your standard home cordless and corded phones connected to the OBi. The OBiBT works with most mobile phones using Bluetooth wireless technology. After the initial pairing between the mobile phone and the OBiBT has been set-up, when your mobile phone is in 'Bluetooth range" of the OBiBT, it will connect to your mobile phone automatically.

OBiBT Requirements:
- OBi202 VoIP Adapter with USB Port
- Mobile Phone with Bluetooth Audio Pairing Capability
- Regular Analog / Digital Corded or Cordless Phone

Key Features of OBiBT

  • Use Your Regular Telephones to Make and Receive Calls via Your Mobile Phone's Cellular Service
  • When Someone Calls Your Cell Phone Number the Phones Connected to the OBi Device Ring
  • Cell Phone Dead Spots? Keep Your OBi Device & Mobile Where Cell Reception is Best!
  • Automatically or Manually Route Calls from Standard Phones to the Mobile Service
  • Bridge Calls from VoIP to a Mobile Service Using the OBi Attendant

Simple Set-Up

  • Connect the OBiBT to your OBi202 device's USB port.
  • Dial *28 from the regular phone attached to the OBi202's phone port.
  • You have 2 minutes after dialing *28 to pair the OBiBT adapter with your mobile phone.
  • To do this, open the Bluetooth network settings menu of your mobile phone. You will see the"OBi" device listed. Select "OBi" to pair the OBiBT to you mobile phone.
  • If prompted to enter a passcode on the mobile phone, enter: 0000
  • Your mobile phone connects to the OBiBT using its Bluetooth pairing feature.
  • Once paired to the OBiBT, your mobile phone is automatically connected to the OBi when it is in range.

Making Calls with OBiBT

  • Make calls with the regular telephones connected to your OBi202 device.
  • If the OBi BT is set as the Primary Line to Call Out, just dial normally.
  • The OBi makes the call using the Your mobile phone's service
  • If you have a VoIP service on the OBi device set to be the Primary Line to Call Out, you can dial **8 and the destination phone number to route the call to your mobile phone's service
  • When a call is being made using OBiBT, the caller will hear three short beeps, confirming the call is being made via the service on the mobile phone.

Receiving Calls with OBiBT

  • You may answer calls to your mobile phone on any phone connected to the OBi.
  • Incoming calls to your mobile phone number will ring all your home telephones connected to the OBi device.
  • Enjoy the convenience and comfort of your home handsets while using your mobile phone service plan.
  • Your VoIP service lines continue to work normally.

Pricing and Availability

  • The OBiBT Bluetooth Adapter is available from Amazon.com for $25.00 with free shipping.
  • CLICK HERE to go to the Amazon product page for OBiBT
  • Questions? Please contact Obihai sales at: sales@obihai.com

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How to Protect Your OBi VoIP Device from Lightning

According to the National Weather Service, in the United States, there are approximately 25 million lightning strikes detected each year.  The electric 'shock' produced by a single lightning strike can not only travel great distances, via a variety of mediums, but it can destroy telephone and electronic devices beyond repair.  Unfortunately, like all telecom equipment, the OBi VoIP phone adapter is not immune to the affects of the potentially massive voltage surge and associated atmospheric electrostatic discharge produced by lightning.

USA Lightning Strikes on August 1, 2012

What to Do?

Here are things you can do to protect your OBi device and any other telecom equipment in your home or business, from becoming a victim of lightning induced electrostatic discharge.

Option 1.  When there is weather in the area where lightning is present disconnect the phone cable from the phone port(s) of the OBi device and disconnect the device from the power outlet.

Option 2.  Purchase a combo power-strip and surge-protector that has protection for telephone equipment. This can also be useful if you live in an area prone to electric-power surges. An example of this type of surge protector can be found here: Click Here.

Be sure to follow the installation instructions that accompany the power-strip and surge-protector.

For more information, see this article on connecting telephone equipment to a surge protector. Click Here.