VoIP Hacks

VoIP Hacks

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by Theodore Wallingford
     
 

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is gaining a lot of attention these days, as more companies and individuals switch from standard telephone service to phone service via the Internet. The reason is simple: A single network to carry voice and data is easier to scale, maintain, and administer. As an added bonus, it's also cheaper, because VoIP is free of the

Overview

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is gaining a lot of attention these days, as more companies and individuals switch from standard telephone service to phone service via the Internet. The reason is simple: A single network to carry voice and data is easier to scale, maintain, and administer. As an added bonus, it's also cheaper, because VoIP is free of the endless government regulations and tariffs imposed upon phone companies.

VoIP is simply overflowing with hack potential, and VoIP Hacks is the practical guide from O'Reilly that presents these possibilities to you. It provides dozens of hands-on projects for building a VoIP network, showing you how to tweak and customize a multitude of exciting things to get the job done. Along the way, you'll also learn which standards and practices work best for your particular environment. Among the quick and clever solutions showcased in the book are those for:

  • gauging VoIP readiness on an enterprise network
  • using SIP, H.323, and other signaling specifications
  • providing low-layer security in a VoIP environment
  • employing IP hardphones, analog telephone adapters, and softPBX servers
  • dealing with and avoiding the most common VoIP deployment mistakes

In reality, VoIP Hacks contains only a small subset of VoIP knowledge-enough to serve as an introduction to the world of VoIP and teach you how to use it to save money, be more productive, or just impress your friends. If you love to tinker and optimize, this is the one technology, and the one book, you must investigate.

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VoIP makes telephony even more hackable than it was in the halcyon days of Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and their legendary “black boxes.” To get a taste of what’s possible, get VoIP Hacks, another entry in O’Reilly’s marvelously hands-on Hacks series.

Some of these are “true” hacks, in the sense that they require significant technical expertise. (Set up Asterisk, the full-fledged business PBX that also happens to be open source software running on Linux, Mac OS X, or BSD. Then, configure it to make and receive free calls on the Skype network.) Others just require downloading a little software. (Skype the contacts in your Outlook or Mac OS X address book.) Both types of hack are fascinating, and -- think of this as a bonus -- most of them are quite useful. Bill Camarda, from the January 2006 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596101336
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Series:
Hacks Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Ted Wallingford has designed and implemented Voice over IP on networks large and small. As IT Director for a large, private construction firm, Ted transformed a single-operator midrange computer room into a mission-critical 24x7 data center hosting services for lines of business across the country. He now offers network design for VoIP systems and product management assistance for up & coming VoIP carriers through his macVoIP.com consulting practice. Ted is also the author of O'Reilly's "Switching to VoIP".

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VoIP Hacks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ted Wallingford's VoIP Hacks: Tips & Tools For Internet Telephony covers the hack potential of VoIP technology, providing dozens of projects for building a VoIP network, customizing hardware and software, and using devices. Users with some basic background who love to customize will be especially delighted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you love to tinker and optimize? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Ted Wallingford, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that contains only a small subset of VoIP knowledge but, enough to serve as an introduction to the world of VoIP and teach you how to use it to save money, be more productive, or just impress your friends. Wallingford, begins by introducing you to some Internet based VoIP phone service providers who can help you replace your traditional phone line with a cost-saving, feature-rich VoIP line. Then, the author shows you how to customize and maximize productivity-enhancing telephony applications. He also introduces you to Skype and Skyping. Next, the author shows you how to install, configure, and hack Asterisk, an open source PBX. Then, he continues by showing you how to add hardware hacks to your VoIP setup--and how to customize them. The author also explains how you can monitor VoIP and troubleshoot it using traditional admin tools. Finally, the author shows you how to use hard-core voice. In this most excellent practical guide, the author provides dozens of hands-on projects for building a VoIP network. More importantly, he shows you how to tweak and customize hardware and software to get the job done.