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Linux-Phone.net VOIP Howto

Simplified VOIP Howto
  • Get your webcam and sound card working on your PC first
    • Make sure your can hear sound on your speakers
    • Make sure your can talk into the microphone
      ( record a sound file and play it back )

  • How do you call them ??
    • you can send to their netmeeting account
    • you can call their voip phone number and voicemail systems
    • you can call their regular phone number

  • Configure netmeeting and/or gnomemeeting
    • you need to get their email address tied to *meeting
    • FREE video conferencing - no privacy - not secure -

  • VOIP phone calls are FREE as long as you have
    your own gateway and voip softphone or voip phone


  • Install some VOIP software ( soft phone )
    • Call somebody that has a working voip handset or voip system

  • Get a VOIP Handset -and- you might also need a VOIP Gateway

  • Try to call someone on their regular phone line
    • they will need a voip Telco and Gateway to receive your voip call
    • You save $$$ on their international phone calls

  • Try to receive a VOIP call on your regular phone line
    • You should have your own VOIP Gateway to your regular phone
    • They save $$$ on their international phone calls

VOIP Requirements

PC-Based VOIP System
  • This is sometimes called a VOIP Soft Phone

  • VOIP software on your PC

  • System uses your computer's sound card
    • You'd need to use a microphone to talk
    • You'd need a speaker or headphone to hear the other side

VOIP Handset System
Regular Phone
  • If you use a regular phone, you need to find a local VOIP Telco in your neighborhood and probably pay their membership and service fees which allows you access to their VOIP Gateway

  • You should buy or build your own VOIP Gateway starting from $50 range


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