anyone using voip?

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Wed Feb 22 15:17:17 PST 2006

On Tuesday, 21 February 2006 at 22:07:11 -0500, Peter wrote:
> Hi, I'm looking for comments from people who are using a voip solution
> with FreeBSD.  The archives of this group show mixed results.  I see there
> is a skype port available.  To me that implies that this is possible.
> What of hardware?  USB phones?

I've done a lot of investigation.  Summary: (not only under FreeBSD):
VoIP software is *really* bad.  Asterisk may work if you can
understand the arcane documentation, but it's overkill for a simple
VoIP phone solution.  The others are almost completely undocumented
and difficult to use.  This applies to commercial offerings too, some
of which are free to use.

I'm currently using linphone, mainly because it has a command-line
client, and I don't see why I should have to use a mouse to make a
phone call.  The client is buggy, though, and very non-intuitive.  For
example:  to call me, you might enter

  $ linphonec sip:4484 at

This will work.  But I'd then expect the program to wait until
termination or until I hit ^C; instead, it returns with a prompt.
Hitting ^C stops the program without terminating the call.  To
terminate the call, you need to enter the entire text "terminate".
Enter ^D to exit the program and it loops.  That's when you need the

From a hardware point of view, I'm using a standard analogue headset
with microphone.  You'll need to set the recording source to

  $ mixer =rec mic

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