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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:31 am    Post subject: roaming voip Reply with quote Back to top

I've been working on this idea for some time, but only recently had the opportunity to begin execution. The basic idea is using a landline phone and a wireless data connection that acts like a cellphone. Conceptually and as a joke, my bro and I will be putting together a device to be used at a large convention later next year. It'll consist of a backpack, UPS, Voip router, laptop, and rotary dial phone. We'll be connected to the internal wireless network the hotel provides. With this, we'll effectively be able to pick up this primitive phone and use it as a cellphone. That's the impractical version, but it will be amusing.

The practical version is that I want to connect a cordless phone base to my laptop, keep the phone in my pocket, and laptop w/ wireless nic in vehicle. It's effectively a mobile cell tower pending I'm in a wireless hotspot. I see roaming Voip as the future of wireless communications. The benefits to this are big savings in usage charges. As wireless communications gain a foothold and the wireless infrastructure grows, so will the demand for this kind of application. A step farther is having one number be active over multiple IP's, and the one that responds is in control.

The problem currently: softphone doesn't give you the cordless hardware to take with you when you're away from the laptop. Remember the laptop is supposed to be an access point, not a peripheral. Doesn't appear there's any programs out there yet that support this operation. I'd like to get the word out now and have you guys thinking about it.

What about driving around and making calls? I personally have absolutely no problem with pulling over, locking into a hotspot, and making a call. You're not supposed to be driving and talking on the phone anyway, right?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I believe the answer is the "soon to be released" wi-fi phone that Vonage has been testing and has released to numerous tech testers in recent months. Using your Vonage account, it automatically roams onto any open wi-fi network, has wep capability for wep secured networks. It looks like a candy-bar styled cell phone. Somewhat more integrated than carrying UPS power, access points, PC/Adapters and an analog phone.

Also, both the Wireless carriers and Wireline carriers are already in the early phase of procuring and testing Combo-phones that are cell phones / wi-fi phones that will automatically switch to your home wi-fi / Voip network to reduce cell minutes. This is a location based solution, but again, it works from one small handset.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Is that backpack gonna have a 6-ft whip antenna on it too, ala WWII backpack radio sets? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I'll consider it, if I can rig up a way to connect it to the wireless nic Very Happy

Good to hear ChrisFix. If anyone else has anything to add, I'm all ears! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It all sounds like fun, but check and see if your adapter works with a rotary dial phone. There was discussion about that in another thread. Someone said that an RTP300 would, but mine didn't.

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