Any working SIP-phone on FreeBSD?
btillman99 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 19 21:55:41 UTC 2011
Wow. this thread really took a turn for the worse. So getting back to the main
topic about SIP phones, I have been using SIP phones since 2006 and I never
found anything that worked under FreeBSD. Mainly for this reason and this reason
seems to mirror where this thread went off topic.
While I could make something work on my end, because I'm a hobbyist, I could not
get my friends, family, co-workers, customers, etc... to make anything work,
even in the M$ environment. The main reason is that hackers in this world have
caused all of us to in one way or another deploy firewalls. And I would say that
99% of the non-hobbyists out there don't have a clue how to configure their
firewall, indeed many of them don't even know they have one working. Whether
it's M$ built-in firewall or the firewall on their ISP supplied router/modem, or
the hotel they are staying at is blocking SIP ports. Unless you can get the
person on the other end to receive your phone call then very little works. Which
is a real shame because as a hobbyist I have done some really neat things with
SIP phones, Asterisk, not to mention VPN and other packages. But without another
hobbyist on the other end, its proved more than impossible to get things working
which I could really use on a daily basis.
Oh and just in case...I use Asterisk on FreeBSD-8.2-STABLE as my PBX for my
private home office. I connect via SIP with a VOIP provider who provides not
only phone service but a DID as well. I use SIP phones (actual phones, not
software) to make my SOHO appear to be a professional corporate office with
transfers, conference calls, Music on hold, voice mail, the works. I
occassionally use an IAX softphone or SIP softphone program on Windows to make
and receive calls but for the most part I use the actual phones. Several friends
and family members have asked me to set them up similarly but unless I could
make it totally handsfree for them there is no way it will ever work, simply
because they are not hobbyists like me and have no desire to do anything but
click a big button on their desktop which looks like a phone. Anything beyond
that and you're into the realm of impossible....again.
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