personal telephone gateways

Thomas J. Widlar (twidlar@goodnet.com)
Sun, 3 May 1998 10:50:26 -0700 (MST)


I think this is the most knowledgable list on which to answer this question.

I want to set up a system that will utilize my computer in Mesa, AZ with
two telephone lines as a gateway phone system while I am in Prague, Czech
Republic.

In Prague I have only one phone line. I have been trying to get a second
line, but it is very difficult. I would like to connect to the Mesa, AZ
computer and have it call out to my other party.

I have my eye on an product from Solram (www.solram.com), an Israeli company.
For $100 one gets a box that fits between the wall and the phone and is also
connected to your computer. You need one for each end.

You pick up your phone and dial the number you want. The directory that you
maintain in the computer knows which numbers can be obtained over the Internet.
The computer checks to see if it is connected to the other computer. If not,
the other box is called, and messages are exchanged quickly before the phone
is picked up so that there is no call established that must be paid for.
That message tells the other computer to connect to Internet and establish
a link with your computer. Then your computer is connected to Internet to
establish the link.

Then the dialout occurs to the party you want.

If the call is not meant for Internet, the box just passes it through to
the phone.

IPhone and WebPhone are supported.

Anyone familiar with this product? Do you know others?

While in Prague, I am trying to arrange tours for Czech musicians. I am
trying to keep my costs as low as possible.

Thank you very much.

Tom Widlar