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HI

I have a regular type wireless phone system.  I wold like to buy a usb (preferably a pci card) that I could plug the base station of my pots wireless phone set into. I want to take advantage of Google Talk to make outgoing long distance calls.

Magic Jack is an example of what I am looking for except I want to use Google talk.

So,  what hardware do I need.

Thanks
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There may be gtalk gateways, however I don't know of any.

I would suggest purchasing an inexpensive PCI FXS card (like the 400 series from Openvox) and then running Asterisk on it.

This is a case where the GUI's in Asterisk will get in the way, they don't support gtalk directly.  However the latest 1.8 has a gtalk channel driver.

With a few lines of dial plan script you could easily gateway from the FXS to the gtalk card.

If you get it all put together open another case if you can't get the dial plan working.

What you need:

1 - Small PC
2 - Load favorite version of Linux
3 - Install Asterisk 1.8
4 - Install DAHDI drivers (for the Openvox card, available at www.asterisk.org)
5 - Install chan_gtalk (also available at www.asterisk.org)
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My operating system is Windows 7.  

I'll start looking for a PCI FXS card compatible with Windows 7.  If you know of any (or if that is impossible),  then I  would appreciate that.
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Asterisk does not run on Windows.  You need to put together a dedicated machine running some flavor of Linux as pointed out in item 2.

If you truly do not want to do it the easy way you can use an external FXO gateway and run Linux inside a Virtual Machine on your Windows 7 system.
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Thanks!

I would have wished for an easier solution,  but I realize that that it could not be so.
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