Modern telecommunication means far more than just doing a phone call. It is also about exchanging text messages and sometimes even video conferencing. Roaming enables you to be reachable under one phone number all across the world. Ekiga brings these features to your Linux desktop allowing you to communicate over broadband Internet.
Before you start, make sure the following requirements are met:
Your sound card is properly configured.
A headset or a microphone and speakers are attached to your computer.
For dialing in to regular phone networks you have created a SIP account. SIP (Signaling protocol for Internet Telephony) is the protocol used to establish sessions for audio and video conferencing or call forwarding. For a list of providers refer to http://www.voipproviderslist.com/. Free trials are provided by http://www.voipbuster.com.
For video conferencing you have attached a Web cam to your computer.
On first start, Ekiga comes up with a configuration assistant that requests you to enter all data needed to configure your instance of Ekiga. To configure Ekiga, proceed as follows:
Enter your user name (name and surname).
ekiga.net account data or choose
not to sign up to ekiga.net.
To add other accounts later on, configure them using+ .
Determine your connection type.
Determine the type of firewall to use to enable you to perform calls with Ekiga.
Choose the audio manager to use. Accept the default setting, as it guarantees the best sound quality and other sound systems like OSS are not available on openSUSE.
Choose the audio input and output devices and test your settings.
Accept the video manager selection,.
Choose the video input device and test your settings.
Check the summary of your settings and apply them.
If registration fails after you made changes to your configuration, just restart Ekiga.
Ekiga allows you to maintain multiple accounts. To configure an additional account, proceed as follows:
Open+ and select .
Select an appropriatedepending on what type of account you use. Normally, you would select here.
Enter theto which you want to register. This is usually an IP address or a host name that will be given to you by your Internet Telephony Service Provider. Enter and according to the data provided by your provider.
Leave the configuration dialog withand activate the account.
The status of your account displayed in the Ekiga main window changes to.