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Making Ekiga Work for me

openquoteEkiga is a software phone and video conferencing application. It allows you to hear and see your friends for free using your computer and Internet. You can also chat with them and see if they are online or not. It works on GNU/Linux and Windows.
More specifically, Ekiga is a VoIP, IP Telephony, and Video Conferencing application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users with SIP or H.323 compatible hardware and software. It supports many audio and video codecs and all modern VoIP features for both SIP and H.323. Ekiga is the first Open Source application to support both H.323 and SIP, as well as audio and video. Ekiga was formerly known as GnomeMeeting.

Skype is the more well-known computer telephone application, but it has always been a closed-protocol system.
Microsoft recently purchased Skype. That makes it less appealing to me. The Skype communication protocol won't probably get opened, and the software may not stay free-to-use.

If I am going to use a Voice over IP (VoIP) system, I prefer an open one, not just a program free of cost.
Ekiga is a recommended solution.

Installing Ekiga was easy. The Kubuntu 11.04 repositories include version 3.27 (as of May 30, 2011).
Available also for Windows. Find out more about the software at the main Ekiga site:

I use a USB headset with microphone from Logitech. I have had issues with my sound from time to time on my Kubuntu system (currently Natty Narwal, 11.04), and the Ekiga setup was no exception.

Ekiga has a wizard for setup of various connection issues. I entered the defaults along with my Ekiga account details.

Sound didn't work when I tested with the echo test call (a free call to test the Ekiga setup).

Ekiga screen

A couple of times at Ekiga startup, I got a message that said I would need to manually adjust my home router to forward the required ports needed for Ekiga.

Ekiga Network Error

Following up on that message, I read the information at the Ekiga wiki. I am regularly impressed with the good explanations wikis produce. Many users contribute their experience which does not leave documenting everything exclusively up to the development team.
Ekiga router ports

My home router is D-link Model 604. I'm fortunate to be connected to a reliable FiOS broadband link through Verizon.
I needed to open a connection to the home router's web admin page with admin user and password.
From there i clicked the “Advanced” tab and the “Firewall” button to get to the necessary screen.
I needed to make the three entries indicated in the following illustration.

Dlink port settings

These changes allowed me to hear the voice telling me what the echo test was, but I still could not hear myself talking. There was still a change needed.

It wasn't necessary to run the initial setup wizard again. Pulling down the Edit menu and selecting Preferences -> Audio -> Devices gave this dialog.
Change the audio input setting to specifically point to the headphone microphone. The headphone speakers were picked up properly by the standard audio settings (which have the USB headphones set as the preferred speakers with the laptop's built-in speakers as the fallback.)

Set audio preferences.

Now, all I need is a bunch of others willing to use SIP and the link (instead of Skype) to use the software! Any volunteers?
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