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Topic # 57400 12-Feb-2010 06:22
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I'm looking at ditching the landline from my TCL cable broadband. (upgrade it to 10gb).

I would like to use an Iphone over Wi-fi as my handset. 

I currently use a linksys WRT54GL router.

I have a few questions about providers and hardware:

Can I use the WRT54GL router over Italk/2talk ( Xnet sounds a good product but seems to have very specific hardware requirements) ? Or is it best to ditch the WRT54GL and purchase say a linksys WRP400 (any recommendations? )

The only way to connect using the Iphone via xnet is to convert the WRT54GL to run asterisk over OPENWRT ? This seems the more complex option.

Looking at using siax or siphon 2.0 on the iphone


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  Reply # 298213 12-Feb-2010 07:09
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First off you seem very confusued about your requirements.

If you want to use VoIP on your iPhone there is no requirement for additional hardware if you want to connect to iTalk or 2talk - your iPhone connects directly to the VoIP provider and there is no requirement for a new router.

The downside of this is that because the iPhone can't multitask you will only ever be able to make or receive calls when the VoIP app is open. You will miss calls when it's closed.

If you want to hook up an analogue phone to a VoIP provider you will need to buy an ATA, either a Linksys SPA2102 or similar or a router such as the WRP400 that includes a built in ATA and 2 phones ports, this will replace your WRT54GL.

As for running Asterisk on a WRT54GL this is possible but it's more of a gimmick than anything else. It's incapable of really handling any transcoding due to the low CPU and also doesn't get around the issue that if you only want to use your iPhone that you can only make and receive calls when your VoIP app is open and running.

I would forget about relying on the iPhone as your phone replacement. Nokia's make a good solution since they can multitask and if you jailbreak your iPhone it could be an option (but your battery life will suffer significantly). It's no good not being able to receive calls unless your VoIP app is always open and running.

The simplest way to move to VoIP is to buy a SPA2102, plug in your existing analogue phones, and connect to the VoIP provider of your choice (whether it be VFX/2talk/iTalk).

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  Reply # 298961 15-Feb-2010 06:07
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thanks - KISS makes my life easier


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  Reply # 298997 15-Feb-2010 10:08
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I would highly recommend going with Xnet's VFX service and using the WRP400. This is the box they use in fibre to home, and should work very well TCL cable.

The iPhone will such battery being connected to WiFi all the time. Also Xnet's VFX is easier setup if you are new to VoIP.

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