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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple setup with Google Voice, January 29, 2011
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This review is from: Obihai OBi110 Voice Service Bridge and VoIP Telephone Adapter (Office Product)
I have been looking for a simple solution that would allow us to setup and use Google Voice. Since asterisk 1.8 came out, I have been waiting for DD-WRT or tomatoes to integrate this in the router so I would not need a computer to run 24/7 to set up Google Voice.

Then comes Obi110 which solves this problem. The setup was very simple. If you don't want to store your GV credentials on the Obitalk.com you can set it up by logging on the adapter (just like logging onto the router). I did find it that if you do it this way, when you dial out you still have to dial "**1" (using profile1) then the number you want to reach. Maybe there is a way to get rid of this. But if you setup through Obitalk you can enable the prefix and dial just like in GV. You can also update the FW from Obitalk.

Everything is working as expected. Caller ID shows up correctly when you call someone. When someone calls the ID would show "+" then the number with no dash, something like this: +1234567890. My wife was on the phone for an hour and she said the quality was good. If you are looking into a simple setup (and almost plug and play) I would highly recommend the Obi110.

Update 12/10/11: Caller ID has been showing the correct format for a while now. Also, my unit died a few months ago. I called their tech support, they checked from remote and confirmed that it's dead. They sent out a replacement unit the next day! I just have to send the dead one back. Great customer service. Google voice is still free for 2012 btw.
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2011 12:25:09 PM PST
Roy Feldman says:
Have you tried the complementary Obion app that runs on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 12:02:19 PM PST
thamanrp says:
I tried the iPhone app, it's working fine, loud and clear.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 12:32:22 PM PST
Roy Feldman says:
Have you tried both making and receiving Google Voice calls? Is so, that is great news.
I may have to get one myself. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 10:06:00 PM PST
Nimish Shah says:
Yes, google voice works as advertised. This one is a really green unit, wonder why they don't advertise that, but it just consumes 2 watts an hour operationally compared to the Linksys RTP300's 9 watts. Also, you can make google voice your default outgoing call provider on the sp1, and if you want to dial international numbers you can use another voip service on the sp2 and dial out prepending **2 and it will dial using the sp2 provider.

Magicjack or a regular pstn service connected to line port is great if you need 911. But for some reason, **8 does not work for me yet, they have said though that this will be available with a future firmware update, and I am waiting to try it out.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 9:39:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2011 11:40:01 AM PST
Zarf says:
If you're setting up the ATA though the web interface and want to avoid dialing **1 you need to set up an outbound dialing plan in:

Physical Interfaces > PHONE port > Outbound Call Route

Assuming:
1) You live in the 213 area code
2) Google Voice is configured on sp1 and
3) You have a POTS line connected to the FXO
4) You want local calls to go out on POTS, long distance via GV

A very simple dialing plan would be:

{(<#:>|[3469]11):li},{(<1213>[2-9]xxxxxx):li},{(1[2-9]xxxxxxxxx):sp1},{**0:aa},{***:aa2}

The first part says: If you press # then you will be connected to the POTS line and can continue to dial out.
It also routes 311, 411, 611, and 911 calls to the POTS line.

The second part says if you dial a 7 digit number starting with 2 thru 9, send it to POTS but add a 1 213
prefix in front of the number. The area code addition isn't necessary but doesn't hurt -- it also allows you to easily change the li to sp1 and route local calls through GV

The third part says if you dial a 10 digit number starting with 1 (e.g., 1 405 555-1212) send it intact to GV.

The fourth part allow **0 to access the Obi attendant.

The last part allows IVR access with ***.

Yes you can just say send all traffic to GV, but I prefer to split local and long distance as separate rules...
If I'm at home I change the second rule to state li and my local calls go through my POTS line, long distance through GV.
When I'm traveling with the OBi I just change the li to sp1 and everything works through GV from the hotel room with the proper area code appended.

There are a bazillion options and I'm sure others will point out better solutions, but this is about as simple as it gets.

Good luck

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2011 12:31:52 PM PST
crazyk says:
You are incorrect in saying that is uses '2 watts an hour'. A watt is a measure of energy that is defined as one Joule per second. You probably meant to say it uses '2 watts' of electricity! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2011 10:17:48 PM PDT
Dave in NYC says:
crazyk -- at least I know you're right even if most users, sadly, said you're not (to anyone who clicks "no" on his comment -- do what's called a "wikipedia" search first before rendering judgment)

-someone who used to be a TA in physics many years ago

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 12:36:14 PM PDT
Doesn't matter who's right. People don't mind a correction, but nitpicking is just annoying, and that's exactly what crazyk is doing here. I also voted no to both of you :)

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 3:04:50 PM PDT
AmazonDude01 says:
is this still working with google voice? I am considering purchasing one if so and possibly porting 2 numbers from comcast home phone to google voice and using this if this is still working with google voice

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 2:01:01 PM PDT
Please clarify me, if I buy this product, that means I can avail the phone service only for one year? That means, I have to buy another product for next year?
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