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. For dialing in to regular phone networks you have created a SIP account.
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This is the Ekiga manual. It is updated continuously. If some information is not enough clear for you, or if you think you have found an error or an obsolete information, feel free to contact us.
SMS-style messaging is also supported. It supports all major VoIP features like audio and video calling, call hold, call transfer, call forwarding, and instant messaging. It supports the best free video and audio codecs with limited echo cancellation for superior call quality.
See features for a detailed list of features. Currently, Ekiga does not support:. Ekiga has also been used in more exotic cases, such as sending fax over IP in French.
Feel free to contact us to report a bug or make a suggestion regarding the application or this manual. It is one of the leading signalling protocols for Voice over IP. One strength of H. Ekiga is compatible with any software, device or router supporting SIP or H. Ekiga is not compatible with Skype and will never be as long as their protocol stays proprietary. We do not think using closed protocols for communications is a good thing.
For more information about software compatibility see Ekiga Interoperability. You need a microphone audio input into your computer. A headset is recommended to better prevent echo; however, a webcam with an internal microphone, or a separate microphone will also give good results.
A webcam is not mandatory. If you do not have it, you will still be able to see the other party. For example:. External problems which might arise when using ekiga are bugs in libraries ekiga relies on, network itself for ex. Here is the number of source code lines for ekiga 4. The above contributors have also been involved in ptlib and opal librarires, which are however managed by:.
The mascot was drawn by Carlos Pardo. The mascot is named Lumi. The code and the design of ekiga. When starting Ekiga for the first time, the Configuration Assistant will launch automatically. You should go through all of these steps properly, otherwise the assistant will re-appear when it has not been completed or Ekiga will not function correctly if some of your answers have been inaccurate.
You may run the Configuration Assistant at any time from the Edit menu. Throughout the entire configuration process, navigation is available at the bottom of the window. You will be able to navigate through the questions using the Back, Forward and Cancel buttons.
If you hit Cancel during the setup, Ekiga will not be affected by your changes, and all entered information will be discarded.
This page welcomes you to the Configuration Assistant. There is nothing to change or edit here. Press the Forward button at the bottom of the window to start the configuration.
The Personal Information window is where you enter your personal details needed to use Ekiga. You should provide both your first name and last name. This information will be displayed on your partner screen when you call him. Note that when people searches on ekiga. If you want to call other users and to be callable yourself, you need a SIP address. Follow the link given in the dialog to register for an account if you do not already have one , and fill in your username and password.
Then press Forward to continue. Ekiga can be used with several Internet Telephony Service Providers. These providers will allow calls to real phones from your computer using Ekiga at competitive rates.
There is no obligation for you to use a commercial provider, but if you need such service, we recommend using the default Ekiga provider.
If you do not want to use a commercial provider, check the box in front of "I do not want to sign up for the ekiga. If you want to create an account and use it to call your friends and family using regular phones at competitive rates, click the "Get an Ekiga Call Out account" link. Once the account has been created, you will receive a login and a password by e-mail. Enter these credentials in the dialog, and you'll be ready to call regular phones using Ekiga. Ekiga supports several audio and video codecs.
It includes codecs with excellent quality as well as codecs with medium to good quality. The higher the quality of a codec, the more bandwidth it requires. Moreover, video codecs can adapt their quality to the available bandwidth. If your connection type is not mentioned in the list you should select the one closest to your network connection and adjust Ekiga manually with the preferences window codecs section later on. This setting will help Ekiga select the optimal codecs to suit your available bandwidth.
Audio device configuration is dependent on the operating system on which Ekiga is running, and different operating systems will configure audio devices in different ways. Ekiga will attempt to automatically detect audio hardware e. These audio devices will then be listed here, allowing you to select them for your calls. The audio ringing device allowing you to hear a ringtone for incoming calls is usually set to the internal sound card, under the name Default. The audio output device outputs the incoming sound stream during a call.
You would typically select the device that your headphones or speakers are connected to. Default is a good choice for your internal sound card. The audio input device is where your microphone is connected to. Default is also a good choice for your internal sound card. These settings might be the same as the settings for the audio output device if you have only one soundcard, but it's also possible for the audio input to be set to another device, for example, the internal microphone on your webcam.
Select a video plugin and video input device from the list. It can be Video4Linux2 to manage webcams, or any other choice depending on the operating system on which Ekiga is running. This step is optional and is relevant for users with video devices e. If you do not have any video devices you may skip this page: Ekiga works fine for audio calls only. Configuration of Ekiga is now complete. The last window displays a summary of the settings you have chosen. Verify that your settings are correct; if something is incorrect, you may use the Back button in the lower right hand corner of the window to go to any page of the assistant to correct the mistake.
If all is well, press the Apply button to save the configuration. The assistant will close, and the main window of Ekiga will now appear.
It is generally recommended that you test your setup after having completed the Configuration Assistant. Click on the video camera icon on upper left of Ekiga window. A new window will appear: if you see your face then the camera works well with Ekiga.
Otherwise make sure that your camera is working by testing it with another program which uses camera, and check Troubleshooting page. If it still does not work, contact us. You should hear a recorded message saying "You're about to enter an echo test.
In this mode everything you say will be repeated back to you just as soon as is it received. The purpose of this test is to give you an audible sense of the latency between you and the machine that is running the echo test application.
You may end the test by hanging up or pressing the pound key". By speaking into your mic, you should hear your voice repeated back to you after a short delay. If the test was successful, you can continue to the next page of this manual. If the test was unsuccessful e. Note that the echo test accepts only some video and audio codecs, cf. You might also be interested by free fun numbers.
An account to a VoIP service provider is not mandatory for using Ekiga you can use the IP address to call, or to use network neighbours, as shown later in the manual , but having at least one account will greatly enhance the Ekiga softphone experience.
A SIP address is a way to be reachable and to reach people. You can compare it to an email address. This will give you a unique SIP address that you can give to your friends so that they can contact you. An example of a SIP address is sip:dsandras ekiga. This permits you to call the given user or extension on the specified SIP service provider: sip:jonita ekiga.
Callto addresses and H. For example, calling callto:ils. This window allows you to add and register with SIP, H. An account contains the user login and password details to register with to the account or VoIP service.
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