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easy newbie question about Voip, faxing, video conf, etc

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ok. i am a newbie to Voice over Ip, video conferencing, faxing from my pc, etc. Sorry, just to warn everyone in advance, this is a multi-part question.  I have one phone line in the house this is how it is running now:

------------->splitter-------->phone
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                   splitter-------->DSL
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                  PC modem------>all-in-one printer/fax

I have netmeeting, hotfax, a logitech webcam with integrated microphone (USB), and speakers

1) how can i place a call to an outside phone and communicate through my pc mic and speakers
2) will hotfax fax documents in this config
3) is IP telephony from a pc to phone line (or another pc) free or do i need a service provider.
4) Also, do i need some sort of virtual phone app to communicate over my pc to a phone line

 
 
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Hi atistler,

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I'm not familiar with hotfax, but I assume that it's some faxing software on your PC?  In that case, it will work in this environment.


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You can use a piece of software called a SoftPhone on your PC to do the VoIP work - a good example it X-Lite (http://www.xten.com)
This uses a system called SIP for communicating with other VoIP devices.
You will need a SIP provider - most of which are free.  I think that FWD is the biggest - info at http://www.pulver.com/fwd
SIP-to-SIP calls are free.

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Some SIP providers provide the ability to make and receive called through the PSTN (normal phone network).
Dependant on where in the world you are, you'll be able to find quite a few of them.
In the UK, I use GossipTel for this (http://www.gossiptel)

I hope that this helps - please let me know if you need any further clarification.
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thanks for the help. just one more dumb question, can i use my webcam mic (usb) to talk to people who are using a phone.
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You *might* be able to do that.  It really depends on how the PC sees the mic on the webcam.

I know that X-Lite works with USB headsets, so it should be much the same way.  Only way to find out is to try it though :)
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Hi - glad I could help :-)
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