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IF YOUR OBI NEEDS UPDATES SEE HERE

See here for some good tutorials on setting up the Obi.

You can switch your current landline number into a Google Voice account to retain your phone number on a free Obi phone line.
To port your landline to GV:
  • Get ahold of an old Page Plus or Verizon cell phone that isn't being used. Port your existing landline to Page Plus for free through their website.
  • Fill out the port form and put in your landline number and the old PP cell phone's ESN or MEID number (from under the battery) and wait a couple of days for it to go through. You will know that the port is complete, when dialing your landline rings on the cell phone.
  • Once the account is active, buy $10 worth of minutes from PagePlus in order to receive the verification call from GV.
  • Now you can initiate the GV port. It's a good idea to open a new Gmail account. You can then setup all emails that come to that account (all the voicemails notifications) to be forwarded to your main Gmail account. Login to GV from the new account and port in your number. It will cost $20, and you will get an email when the port to GV is complete.
Using the above method will only have incoming Caller ID numbers, not names. If you want names as well, follow these steps:
  • Go to https://www.callcentric.com/, click Products, then click the yellow Get A Number button next to Free Phone Number.
  • Use the tool on the left to pick an area code, then order the number. It doesnít have to be something memorable, because no one will ever have to dial it.
  • When it asks if youíre in US/Canada, either select Yes to use their E911 service, or No if you want to use something else. Callcentric setup is free, plus $1.50/mo if you want E911 services. See below for more details.
  • After you receive a confirmation email from Callcentric with your new account info, go to obitalk.com, and log into your Obi. Click SP2, scroll down to OBiTALK Compatible Service Providers, then click Next. Follow the prompts to link your Callcentric account. In the box that says Callcentric Number, enter the 1777 number you got in the email. Uncheck Primary Line for Outgoing Calls and 911.
  • Open Google Voice, go into Settings, and add a forwarding phone. Enter the real phone number you got in the email from Callcentric. Google will call it to confirm; it should ring on your Obi. Answer it and enter the code shown by GV.
  • Uncheck forward to Google Chat.
  • Log into your Callcentric account. Click Preferences. Under General, enable Caller ID with name (Inbound calls). (You can also change the maximum call duration, and unlist yourself from the directory).
or this for a $5 one time fee.
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If youíre not using Callcentric, you have to set up SP3 in Obi settings to point to your E911 providerís account.
E911 providers:
Callcentric$18/year ($1.50/mo) + $1.50 setup
Anveo$15/year
http://www.gv911.com/$12/year
http://www.bulkvs.com/e911.html$8.64/year ($0.72/mo)

If you want the SP2 to ring like the standard US ringtone:
go to obi expert config, then to voice service, select sp2, and change it to this:
X_ServProvProfile B
X_RingProfile   A
X_CodecProfile   A

You can add your CID http://www.listyourself.net/ListYourself/listing.jsp?ID=new
and check your CID http://who.scalling.com/411/

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1460 on: May 08, 2020, 01:14:47 AM »
to my understanding,
the 202 has 2 phone ports


the obi 212 has 1 phone port and you can connect to Verizon service and your VoIP provider at the same time and use whichever is available

and
Since the OBi212 is equipped with a line port (FXO) you may bridge POTS service with VoIP services

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1461 on: May 08, 2020, 01:54:59 AM »
I think 212 won't work with GV

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1462 on: May 08, 2020, 02:00:39 AM »
I think 212 won't work with GV
sure does what makes you think so?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1463 on: May 08, 2020, 02:06:58 AM »
sure does what makes you think so?
I think it's not preprogrammed etc. Not all models are preprogrammed for GV

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1464 on: May 08, 2020, 02:10:21 AM »
I think it's not preprogrammed etc. Not all models are preprogrammed for GV
read the description "supports google voice"
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« Reply #1465 on: May 08, 2020, 02:11:15 AM »
read the description "supports google voice"
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1466 on: May 10, 2020, 12:32:01 AM »
So if the computer is doing things like gotomypc or watching video, would that make problems for obi?
If you do things from other devices that use all of your bandwidth, you can still have uninterrupted phone calls over the Obi devices if you set up QoS carefully. This can be done on your router if it has that feature. If you use the Obi202 as your router, I imagine that it gives priority to its phone by default.

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1467 on: May 10, 2020, 12:36:46 AM »
What do you recommend to use?

 Don't have any open ports..



Have the optimum box with one internet port, which I have the google wifi mesh router going into it.
 And then from there Google wifi router to the computer.

 Unless I can use one of my mesh wifi's that's lying around the house and set the obi from there?
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« Reply #1468 on: May 10, 2020, 12:40:04 AM »
If you do things from other devices that use all of your bandwidth, you can still have uninterrupted phone calls over the Obi devices if you set up QoS carefully. This can be done on your router if it has that feature. If you use the Obi202 as your router, I imagine that it gives priority to its phone by default.
  How can I tap into the obi to continue to run my internet to my computer?

 There's only two ports, lan and internet.
 Or is the lan ?
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1469 on: May 10, 2020, 12:49:50 AM »
  How can I tap into the obi to continue to run my internet to my computer?

 There's only two ports, lan and internet.
 Or is the lan ?
Its internet port connects to the internet. This can go directly into the cable modem* or into a LAN port on another router.

Its LAN port is used if you want to use this as a router, in which case you would plug your computers into the LAN port.

* I don't think the Obi202 or its Polycom replacement have gigabit ports, so if your Optimum service is faster than about 90Mbps, you don't want to put this in between and slow everything else down.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1470 on: May 10, 2020, 12:54:10 AM »
Its internet port connects to the internet. This can go directly into the cable modem or into a LAN port on another router.

Its LAN port is used if you want to use this as a router, in which case you would plug your computers into the LAN port.
Would that slow down my computer?
 
   Or is it better to buy some type of adapter?
   Having the internet go to my OBI then to my Google router then to my computer?
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« Reply #1471 on: May 10, 2020, 12:55:43 AM »
Would that slow down my computer?
 
   Or is it better to buy some type of adapter?
   Having the internet go to my OBI then to my Google router then to my computer?
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« Reply #1472 on: May 10, 2020, 12:56:58 AM »
Its internet port connects to the internet. This can go directly into the cable modem or into a LAN port on another router.

Its LAN port is used if you want to use this as a router, in which case you would plug your computers into the LAN port.

I don't think the Obi202 or its Polycom replacement have gigabit ports, so if your Optimum service is faster than about 90Mbps, you don't want to put this in between and slow everything else down.
My plan officially is 400Mbps which I'm not getting anywhere near that, that has to be fixed another time (when I have some time to kill with optimum).

Being that I have over 90Mbps what else do you suggest where should I place my OBI?

 Connect it to one of the wifi mesh devices around the home? Connect it to the lan port and then into the OBI internet port?
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« Reply #1473 on: May 10, 2020, 12:57:09 AM »
I edited my post.
Just saw that now.
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« Reply #1474 on: May 10, 2020, 01:13:55 AM »
My plan officially is 400Mbps which I'm not getting anywhere near that, that has to be fixed another time (when I have some time to kill with optimum).

Being that I have over 90Mbps what else do you suggest where should I place my OBI?

 Connect it to one of the wifi mesh devices around the home? Connect it to the lan port and then into the OBI internet port?
does your PC have GB connection? (mine doesn't)

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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1475 on: May 10, 2020, 01:14:28 AM »
What do you recommend to use?

 Don't have any open ports..



Have the optimum box with one internet port, which I have the google wifi mesh router going into it.
 And then from there Google wifi router to the computer.

 Unless I can use one of my mesh wifi's that's lying around the house and set the obi from there?
Get an internet switch
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« Reply #1476 on: May 10, 2020, 01:25:36 AM »
does your PC have GB connection? (mine doesn't)
How can I determine that?

Get an internet switch
And that would keep the speed the same across all devices?
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« Reply #1477 on: May 10, 2020, 01:26:02 AM »
How can I determine that?
And that would keep the speed the same across all devices?
If it is fast enough
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1478 on: May 10, 2020, 01:27:00 AM »
Seems like I ran into another problem while setting it up.
 Couldn't find the obi202 on Amazon or elsewhere so found one for $60-$70 on eBay. But seems it's still connected to the original owner.
 Any easy way to factory reset with the pin and all? Or would I need it to be removed from the other end as well from their account?
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« Reply #1479 on: May 10, 2020, 01:28:16 AM »
If it is fast enough
400Mbps should be fast enough to support them all? I sure hope so!
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