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Author Topic: OBi 100/110: illustrated, step-by-step instructions to use Simonics GVGW  (Read 16592 times)
SteveInWA
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« on: November 07, 2017, 05:40:11 pm »

The OBi 100 and 110 models were declared to be end-of-life on August 10, 2016. http://blog.obihai.com/.  The last firmware update was version 2886, with no further updates planned.  A recent change by Google has made the Google Voice support in these devices non-functional.  There is nothing you can do to change this.  All of the current OBi 200-series ATAs and 10x2 IP phones continue to support Google Voice directly, come with at least four SP configuration slots, and have a faster, more capable processor and more memory, to support more features.

The two alternatives are:  buy a new OBi 200-series product (with a holiday sale expected soon), or use the Simonics Google Voice Gateway (GVGW), a gateway that translates Google's XMPP protocol to generic SIP protocol, which all OBi devices support.  There is a one-time fee to cover Bill Simon's cost of operation.

His gateway is here:  https://simonics.com/gw/.  Use your Google Voice (Gmail) account to access the gateway.  The GVGW uses Google's approved OAUTH 2.0 authentication process, so no Google password is ever shared nor stored on the gateway, and it only gains authorization to access the XMPP service on your Google account.  This is the same authentication method as used on OBi devices.

If you choose to use this alternative, below are instructions and screenshots.

1:  Assumptions:  you have an OBi 100 or 110, running the final build 2886 firmware.  You have a working inbound Google Voice telephone number assigned to your Google account.  You've paid the fee to use the gateway, and you are on the gateway setup page.

2:  Go to your OBiTALK web dashboard:  https://www.obitalk.com/obinet/pg/obhdev.  Click the OBi device.  Find the Service Provider (SP1 or SP2) that was setup to use Google Voice.  Delete the SPx configuration by clicking the trash can icon.

3:  After waiting a few minutes for the OBi's configuration to be remotely deleted, again click on the SP1 or SP2 you want to use.  On the next page, scroll down to the bottom and select "OBiTALK Compatible Service Providers".  On the next page, scroll down and click "Generic Service Provider" and click "Next".

4:  On the next page, fill in your GVGW server name, SIP user ID and SIP password, and click "Save".

5:  Wait for the portal to remotely configure your OBi.  It will reboot once or twice (power LED will blink on then off).  Give it plenty of time to finish.

6:  Refresh the OBiTALK dashboard in your browser, and click the SPx.  You should now see that it is registered to the gatway.  You're done!

See the screenshots below.


* OBiTALK Compatible Service Providers 1.png (161.88 KB, 689x956 - viewed 2890 times.)

* Select Generic Service Provider.png (41.52 KB, 337x509 - viewed 2535 times.)

* Generic SP setup for GVGW.png (81.95 KB, 679x655 - viewed 4185 times.)

* Simonics GVGW Successful.png (95.33 KB, 713x732 - viewed 3645 times.)
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SaminWA
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 06:44:56 pm »

Thanks this worked perfect and my Obi100 was up and running again within 5 minutes.

Any idea if this method will be deprecated in the future?  Will a new certificate issue ever cause this to stop functioning?
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SteveInWA
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 06:49:50 pm »

Thanks this worked perfect and my Obi100 was up and running again within 5 minutes.

Any idea if this method will be deprecated in the future?  Will a new certificate issue ever cause this to stop functioning?

Bill Simon is just an individual,  not associated in any way with either Obihai, nor Google, who has been generous enough to set this up himself.  He's the only person who could answer as to his plans for the long term.  Given that his solution is software-based, and compliant with Google's specs, it's relatively easy for him to adapt it in response to changes made by Google.


Of course, buying a new OBi is also a viable solution.
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