This tutorial is essentially a picture walk through of the setup of a VOIP account in Ekiga.
As you will see there is no magic to this at all.
OK, the first pic is just a welcome screen so read and move Forward
In the space provided enter two names by which you will be known at Ekiga
On the following page you enter a username and password for your Ekiga Free account. Ckick on the link to go and register your free account with Ekiga. I registered as johnboy, so my number would be sip:firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a confirmation email confirming the details of your account.
In pic #3 you can see I did not wish to get a 'Call Out Account' and so ticked the box at the bottom of the page and did not enter any details.
As you can see from this page, at any time in the future you can subscribe to any of the services listed -- use Edit - Configuration Assistant to get to the choices.
Here you must select the connection type that most resembles your connection in SPEED of UPLOAD. For instance I have a 3 MB connection but my upload is only 128Kb/s
In pic #6 you select suitable hardware connected to your system. As can be seen I selected the Cam Mic because I did not have a separate Mic. I will hear everything through my desktop speakers.
On this page you select whether to have your Cam display or an Ekiga Logo for privacy.
This page shows all your selections. If you wish to make changes use the Back button and then repeat your entries as normal.
Pic #9 shows that I have ticked the box to enable the account => I want it to register when Ekiga is launched.
Ekiga main panel .... Edit Menu - Accounts .... my account is shown with the name Ekiga, so right click and edit it --- see next pic
Editing account details .. changing Ekiga to JohnBoy so I know which account is which when I have multiple accounts entered. You will see my account with the new name in later pics.
A view of the email from Ekiga confirming my account details
Pic #13 is my account now that it has been registered with Ekiga. A word here about Registered .... that means that your Ekiga client has made contact with the Ekiga server and 'logged' on. From that moment all calls to your "number" will go to your PC. If your account does not register, then you cannot be contacted as the server does not know your location on the internet (IP address).
The main Ekiga Dial out panel. Using the arrow keys either side of Dialpad you can display your contact list or call history. The "number" in the line at the top will call the Ekiga Echo Test line when the Green phone icon is pressed. To hang up, press the other phone which will turn red when you are on a call.
You are now ready to call anyone with a SIP account anywhere in the world.
It doesn't matter if they have signed up with Ekiga, Gizmo or any of the other numerous providers, you can call them just by specifying their SIP account in the same manner as we called the echo test. So your contact might be email@example.com
or some other provider.
It will not connect to Skype users who are 'locked in' to their own proprietary system and Skype does not allow their users to call SIP VOIP accounts or allow SIP users to call Skype users. That is Skype's decision.
The great thing about Ekiga is that you can get VOIP "numbers" from many different providers and put the info into Ekiga and it will work for that account also. You are not limited to Ekiga accounts. Accounts can be added under Edit - Accounts, and you may have many accounts 'Registered' with different providers at the same time. A call to any one of them will cause your phone setup to ring and allow connection.
If questions arise about any part of the above I will make adjustments to clarify it.
Hopefully this will encourage more people to sign up for VOIP services.
Remember, VOIP providers give you a great deal on long distance calls when you sign up for that service, as only the end point costs are charged (plus a small margin) and generally works out at approximately 2 cents per minute for the more popular destinations.