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« on: January 31, 2012, 10:15:48 am »

Hi.  My daughter is going to Austria for a semester.  I would like to give her my OBi100 which is setup with Google voice.  Will she be able to just plug it in and make calls from Austria to her friends in the US freely?

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 10:56:13 am »

Hi.  My daughter is going to Austria for a semester.  I would like to give her my OBi100 which is setup with Google voice.  Will she be able to just plug it in and make calls from Austria to her friends in the US freely?
There is no problem related to being in Austria.

However, it's always possible that a modem or router will require a special setting to work with the OBi, or in rare cases be completely incompatible.  If she will be in a dormitory or other shared living situation and does not have administrative control of the router, there might be a problem.  There are usually workarounds for such issues, e.g. connecting via a VPN.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 07:31:53 pm »


.....If she will be in a dormitory or other shared living situation and does not have administrative control of the router, there might be a problem.  There are usually workarounds for such issues, e.g. connecting via a VPN.

Stewart,

She will be in a dorm.  Can you point me to some link that talks about the VPN method so I can read about it? Thanks
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 07:55:49 pm »

She will be in a dorm.  Can you point me to some link that talks about the VPN method so I can read about it?
Sorry, I don't use a standalone VPN service (the one I have is included with a web hosting package), so I can't make a recommendation.  If you Google "US VPN service", you'll get lots of hits, but I don't know anything about them.  You can search the net for reviews.  It's also possible to run your own VPN server, if you are willing to leave a PC always on.

Most likely, a VPN won't be required.  Try to get some feedback from other students, e.g. can they make calls from Gmail without issue?  If so, the OBi will probably work fine.

Also, you need to look at what physical connection is provided.  If it's Wi-Fi only, there won't be a place to plug in the OBi.  In that case, she could use her PC as a bridge, or buy a separate Wi-Fi bridge device.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 04:55:03 am »

According to Google there's a 1 dollar cent charge per minute for calls originating outside North America to North America. Haven't experienced it first hand but will soon find out when I station an OBi110 in the Netherlands.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 05:57:28 am »

Tags,

I don't know if this would be the same but I have two kids in college that are staying in apartments.  They both have plug in internet in their rooms.  I got both of them a router and they plug the Obi into that and it has worked fine, also they now have their own wifi for their laptops.  When they both stayed in the dorms, they had plug in internet within the room but the college would not allow individual routers within the rooms.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 01:58:30 pm »

Stewart,Huib, thanks for the info.

dudlee, good point.  I called and they don't have wireless, but Ethernet cable for internet.   I will give her a router (wireless not allowed)

 I think among Skype, magic jack, and OBi100, something will work out for sure.

Thanks again all who responded.
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 08:04:48 am »

Tags,

If she is going to be staying in a college dorm room, then make sure the college allows routers to be connected to their system.  A lot if not most do not allow this.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2020, 05:09:59 am »

Hello, I managed to make Obi100 work with Google Voice via Motif and an Asterisk server. But since my son is returing back to Stralsund, Germany, for his final exams at the university (Stralsund University of Applied Sciences), I will need to make sure he has everything set up in the dorm. I don't know how it works there, because he told me about strict measures in case of insecure internet connections when they were using Moodle to domyhomeworkonline uploads via the VPN.
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2020, 10:16:53 am »

Hello, I managed to make Obi100 work with Google Voice via Motif and an Asterisk server. But since my son is returing back to Stralsund, Germany, for his final exams at the university (Stralsund University of Applied Sciences), I will need to make sure he has everything set up in the dorm. I don't know how it works there, because he told me about strict measures in case of insecure internet connections when they were using Moodle to domyhomeworkonline uploads via the VPN.
AIUI GV with Asterisk no longer works. GV with OBi1x0 definitely no longer works.
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