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OBi with Google+ hangout integration for multi party conferencing

Started by QBZappy, February 07, 2013, 12:33:07 PM

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Quote from: QBZappy on February 07, 2013, 10:35:40 AM
Here is something on the topic I have discussed in the past. The use of a softphone could overcome the phone port limitation. The softphone could be connected to the OBi or directly to sip voice services. Using the OBi202 plus the GV offering of 2 voice channels per nimber we could easily have 4 way conferences. I'm not certain if a second call on the same GV trunk can be forwarded or conferenced into the other call, otherwise 8 way call might be possible. Imagine that! If the OBi could be integrated with  Google+ hangout then we could accommodate a 10 way conference. This should be a feature request I think.  :)

Quote from: QBZappy on March 13, 2011, 07:09:51 PM
If you wanted a fully automated way of using the OBi I could think of the following method. I tried it so I know it works.

What you need:
A softphone where you can configure at least 2 sip accounts and with an auto answer feature (Many have this feature). Jitsi, 3CX have free softphones with these features. Eyebeam is a commercial version.

What you need to do:
Set the auto answer feature on. Arrange with your calling parties to call a prearranged extension number after they hit the IVR. Same concept as a conference room. This works particularly well on an PBX with extensions. Without a PBX it should work as well, however there is always the risk someone will call at an awkward time and be conferenced into the call as there is no extension number to press, everyone automatically gets conferenced in. You could perhaps use a "secret" GV Tel number to avoid accidental drop ins. A softphone with the OBiAPP could create this feature using this strategy.

Hope this helps.
Owner of the 1st OBi110/100 units in service in Canada & South America. 1st OBi202 on my street. 1st OBi1032 in Montreal.