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Posted by John Pasia on August 13th, 2018:

Hello. I did all the steps for the set-up. Initially I had 10 cents on my Google Voice account and I was able to make a couple of outbound calls. The next day when I make an outbound call it's saying "You do not have enough credit to make this call." I thought it's supposed to be free. Is there something I missed?

-> Response: Was it an International number you called? Those have costs associated with them.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/obihai-google-voice.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Jim on August 9th, 2018:

i have a business with five phones and four other numbers only do business locally and must have fax. Would we continue using the same local numbers if we moved to VoIP.

-> Response: Yes you would keep all your phone numbers. Normally no issue porting numbers these days though there are rare corner cases but they tend to mainly be in rural area.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/local-phone-numbers-for-business.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Jo Avery on August 7th, 2018:

Does this work with an actual fax machine?

-> Response: Internet fax is the main service supported (you should try it as it makes things easy) but I believe they also can support fax machines by using an ATA adapter. You may need to talk to them specifically about this though.

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Posted by Jerry Griffith on July 10th, 2018:

Can I turn off the answering machine part of Google Voice and use my own answering machine?

-> Response: The only way I think you could do that would be to link a new number in Google voice so all calls go to that number, which would need to be attached to the answerphone.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/obihai-google-voice.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Robert L George on June 23rd, 2018:

I need to find out why outgoing calls cannot be clear without breaking up.

-> Response: Sounds like it could be sip alg in your router. Did the test indicate alg was enabled?

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip-test.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Hengky on June 20th, 2018:

Does FusionPBX support video conferencing (more than 2-3 parties)?

-> Response: Yes it should because Freeswitch is being used under the hood and version 1.6 supports video conferencing. Freeswitch has some documentation on this using Verto, for demo purposes.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/fusionpbx-tutorial.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Dave Roberge on June 2nd, 2018:

Good information and worked like a charm, all went well and without a hitch. I have been attempting to find information regarding the following: if you are talking on your home cordless phone that is hooked up to the OBi200 can you switch the call over, without interruption, to the computer and continue the call conversation?

-> Response: Glad to hear it.
Regarding your question, I don't think that is possible. You could try it when logged into Google voice and see if any option appears but I don't recall ever seeing such an option during the call.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/obihai-google-voice.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Morris Woods on May 28th, 2018:

I have checked out detail on the 3 top providers. My question is about connecting to Google Fiber. I do not see any ports on the router. I have contract with Google Fiber that gives me 7 years for free. It runs my windows 10 computer and my Roku streaming stick quite well. Google Fiber no longer offers 5 kb but will honor our contract. Any suggestions appreciated.

-> Response: So are you using WiFi for the PC and Roku? Are there no Ethernet ports at all on the back of the router? That would be very unusual, what is the make and model? If there is even just one you could add a switch to get more Ethernet ports.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip/voip_faq.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Mike F on May 26th, 2018:

I currently have a Google Voice phone number and am using Google Voice to make phone calls from my computer. I get my internet in my home by WiFi Hotspot only. If I buy an OBi200 will it allow me to make and receive free domestic phone calls with my wired desktop phone set, Google voice account and my WiFi internet connection at home?

-> Response: Yes that is the advantage of using Obi with Google voice, you can use a regular wired (or wireless phone) with your Google voice account. Just make sure it is the Obi2xx series as the old Obi1xx series will have issues with the latest Google voice platform.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/obihai-google-voice.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Susie on May 25th, 2018:

I have received 381 phone calls since Jan 2018. The phone calls are from the same place regarding reducing student debt loans. My cell is registered to the Do not call registry. They always spoof their numbers.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/10-tips-caller-id-spoofing-fight-back.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Bob Moore on May 16th, 2018:

Can this phone be used for 5.0GHz WiFi?

-> Response: The WF40 WiFi USB adapter can be used on the T46 and it supports 802.11b/g/n but unfortunately only supports the 2.4GHz band, not 5GHz. Your WiFi router likely supports both bands though.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip-phone/yealink/t46g-review.php   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Jeff on April 29th, 2018:

I have found this tool very credible. I test with 5 green circles. My iphone 6 works great over our Viasat plan. I use facetime video and voice to connect with other iphones. Looking forward to disconnecting landline.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip-test.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Bob on April 20th, 2018:

I'm a snowbird can I move my phone between 2 states and keep the same number.

-> Response: Yes indeed you can, that is one of the many advantages of VoIP, it is portable.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip/voip_faq.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Errol Menke on April 18th, 2018:

How can I block incoming calls I don't want.

-> Response: You can use call block. Which phone provider do you use as I may be able to help point you in the right direction as it varies for each one.

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Posted by Mark J Crane on April 12th, 2018:

Updated install instructions can be found on fusionpbx's website.

-> Response: Thanks for letting us know. We updated the guide to reflect the new installation instructions. It is now very simple to install.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/fusionpbx-tutorial.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Jim on April 9th, 2018:

Is OmniTech Support still in business? I have paid in advance for tech support thru 2019 and they no longer answer their phone service number.

-> Response: I see comments on their Facebook page where people have been saying the same thing. Sorry to hear that.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/best-online-tech-support-services-and-companies.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Gary Jeffers on April 9th, 2018:

I have a DPC 3939B router and need to turn off SIP ALG. Do I need to get Comcast involved?

-> Response: Depending on the version of firmware you may not be able to disable SIP ALG on the DPC3939. I would call Comcast about this.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/disable-sip-alg.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Raymond on April 5th, 2018:

Will an internet phone adapter help with the CoS and packet loss?

-> Response: Unfortunately no it will not. Packet loss and Consistency of Service (CoS) are usually related to the quality of your Internet service and/or home network.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip-test.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Arjan on March 7th, 2018:

The most important part of the test for me is the detection of SIP ALG. Unfortunately it is not a Yes or No answer but SIP ALG Firewall : Err Hardware : Fortigate FGT-51E

-> Response: It normally is a YES/NO response, must be issues detecting it with Fortigate unfortunately. Best bet is to go into your Fortigate modem/router and disable SIP ALG to be sure.

From: https://www.whichvoip.com/voip-test.htm   [View All Comments from this Page]

 

Posted by Kevin Parker on March 4th, 2018:

This comparison only talks about bandwidth requirements. What about reliablity? Ever single codec on here aside from ILBC will do horribly with any packet loss. Opus has this built in, but only when both sides are compiled properly and pass the correct SDP headers.
We use G722 internally, G711 to the trunk and IBLC when we're mobile or on WiFi.

-> Response: The article was written before Opus was released.
As for reliability, it does mention QoS in the networking section and the importance of a good Internet connection. If you run our VoIP test you will also see on that page references to Consistency of service, jitter and packet loss among other factors.
Opus is a great Codec for internal calls, the problem is that very few carriers to the PSTN will support Opus and for this reason it will place a relatively heavy load on the PBX since every non-internal call will require transcoding.
[Reader]
I agree about the network quality but reality is not everyone gets fiber to the home and a packet lost here or there with G711 really degrades quality.
As you know Opus has FEC, but both sides need to have it enabled along with the packet loss tolerance specified ahead of time. Pretty much none of the hardware I tried was configured like this.
For us at least trans coding is acceptable, about 15% per call in CPU and we only use it for non wired phones in the field (over WiFi or 4G + VPN).
[WhichVoIP]
Yes that is true regarding network quality. One thing we have noticed from all the test results ran on our servers over many years for our VoIP test is that the packet loss tends to actually be quite small. The bigger issue we see for consumers running our VoIP tests tends to be Consistency of Service. In other words congestion related issues. On the flip side you could say that this ends up being packet loss of course since with UDP (which of course the RTP media stream uses as the protocol of choice) there are no retries :-)
Good point on FEC configuration.
Transcoding is usually fine so long as enough margin is given in the overall specs for the server.

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