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VoIP between internal pc's?

Is it possible to do VoIP between pc's on an internal lan. For example my computer could VoIP call mums computer. Could this be done for making internal calls, without special VoIP phones.
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_Gerry_Commented:
You could use netmeeting  :-?
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
How?
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_Gerry_Commented:
OK. Assume you have NetMeeting installed on both PCs and both set up with headsets & mikes.

1.  Make sure NetMeeting is running on mums pC - she can select the setting in her NetMeeting Tools->Options->General->" [ ] Run NetMeeting in the background when Windows starts" to make this happen automatically.

2. Run up your copy of NetMeeting

3. Select Call->New Call or press the telephone button.

4. Enter mums PC's Computer name or IP address

5. Mums PC will ring and a pop-up with message "Incomin call from <You>"

6. Mum accepts call and off you go...


Good luck.
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
How much LAN bandwidth will this take up?
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_Gerry_Commented:
Not a lot really - I thinks its about 14kbps for a voice-only call, but don't quote me.
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
what about a voice&video call?
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
Also, how do I know if netmeeting is installed? I cant find it anywhere on the start menu.
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_Gerry_Commented:
Can't say about bandwidth for video - however if you are going over a local 10/100mbs LAN or 10mb wireless LAN there should be plenty of bandwidth available to do anything you want.

On Windows 2000 NetMeeting is already installed at StartMenu_>Accessories->Communications->NetMeeting.
On WinXP it sometimes is there too. DOn't know about other OSs.  
NetMeeting is usually installed in C:\Program Files\Conf.exe". You can see if its there or try a disk search fro file "conf.exe".
If you need to download it the netmeeting home page is at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/NetMeeting/default.ASP.


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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
I found it. It was in  c:\Program Files\NetMeeting\conf.exe
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
Ok. I have audio streaming now but netmeeting wont let me setup my capture card as a video source, all the options on the video tab are grey out.
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_Gerry_Commented:
Do you have a webcam installed/connected ?
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
I have a video capture card with a camera pluged into it and it's all installed because in can use it in movie maker.
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flanqueCommented:
Hello,

The quickest and easiest way to do this would be to use a program called Skype (www.skype.com). It is a piece of software that provides a point-to-point VoIP link via an IP network (basically ICQ but with VoIP capabilities via your PC microphone and speakers).

At my work we use it to make calls between our offices over our Internet VPN link and it works very well.


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_Gerry_Commented:
What about me - I answered Dave's question in full and got him up and working (except for optional video link!)

 _Gerry_
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flanqueCommented:
I would argue that Skype is far more effective and simplier than Net Meeting.

I would argue that _Gerry_ left his answer open and incomplete.

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_Gerry_Commented:
Sorry flanque. I did not mean to exclude your useful input - I meant to acknowledge that I had contributed too and we should share the points.
Whatever you personal opinion of the wonders of Skype, NetMeeting is already there and is not terribly complicated really - even if Skype is totally brilliant.

As for that nasty comment about me leaving the answer open and incomplete, I answered the original question fully - Dave got VOICE over IP in his home working. Video is an extra added item I unfortunately was not able to solve, myself not being as amazingly intelligent as you. So Skype does video too ?  Good. ( The Skype homepage page is blocked by our corporate firewall as being a hackers site - they're very fastidious about that sort of thing around here being a large public telecomms outfit ).
 
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
I have accepted _Gerry_'s answer. I forgot i hadnt done so. Sorry.  :o)
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_Gerry_Commented:
Thanks Dave - good luck.
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flanqueCommented:
Dave was with questions to your answers, left unanswered.

Furthermore, leave your personal swipes off the forums and stick to the topic.
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davepuseyAuthor Commented:
>> Dave was with questions to your answers, left unanswered.

Yes I agree with _Gerry_ not helping me with my webcam problem. Perhaps we can continue below...

>> Furthermore, leave your personal swipes off the forums and stick to the topic.

What "personal swipes"? i dont see any!

>> The Skype homepage page is blocked by our corporate firewall as being a hackers site

Hehe! :o)
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