Learning About VoIP
This section provides a recommended learning programme for you to build your understanding of VoIP to the point where you can get VoIP working for you at home. Most of the information you will need is provided at this site. If you find there is something missing, please email me at mat_at_voipstuff.net.au and tell me what you would like to see added to the site.
- If you haven’t already done so, read the information on the home page. This will give you a basic overview of what is possible.
- Read up about Routers so you understand the important role these play in VoIP
- Read the Hardware Overview section to get an understanding of what types of VoIP hardware are available.
Now if you are going to use Engin, then that’s all you need to do. If you’re convinced, the go buy an Engin Voicebox 1 or 2 and get going. If you want to be able to use some of the more advanced features, then read on.
- Read up on dial plans so you know how to configure your box.
- Read up about calls between VSPs
- Read all about SIP Broker so you understand how you can make free calls between participating VSPs.
- Read about e164.org to learn how to register your phone numbers so other VoIP users will get the benefits of free SIP Broker calls to you, even if they don’t realise you have VoIP.
- If you have a VSP that doesn’t allow inbound SIP dialling, then go and read up on how you can set up IP Dialling.
If you have trouble configuring your ATA, your router, want some advice or anything else, try searching on Whirlpool forum to see if anyone else has had the same problem or question. If you can’t find this information by searching, then (and only then) try asking for help by creating a new discussion thread. You wont be popular if you ask a question that has been answered many times before, so do put in a bit of effort and search for the answer you need before asking for help.