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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).
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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 #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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Re: OBi Master Thread
« 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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Re: OBi Master Thread
« 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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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1473 on: May 10, 2020, 12:57:09 AM »
I edited my post.
Just saw that now.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« 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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Re: OBi Master Thread
« 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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« Reply #1480 on: May 10, 2020, 01:28:59 AM »
400Mbps should be fast enough to support them all? I sure hope so!
I mean the switch. Make sure it is 10/100/1000
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« Reply #1481 on: May 10, 2020, 01:29:59 AM »
I mean the switch. Make sure it is 10/100/1000
Oh ok will do.
 Will look for such specifications when looking for a switch.
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Re: OBi Master Thread
« Reply #1482 on: May 10, 2020, 01:32:08 AM »
How can I determine that?
And that would keep the speed the same across all devices?
you should be able to see it in task manager
how old is your PC?

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« Reply #1483 on: May 10, 2020, 01:35:05 AM »
you should be able to see it in task manager
how old is your PC?
Fairly new.

Dell OptiPlex 7040.
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« Reply #1484 on: May 10, 2020, 03:47:11 AM »
you should be able to see it in task manager
how old is your PC?
I mean the switch. Make sure it is 10/100/1000
I edited my post.

 Thank you all, everything worked out amazing.

Set up my Obi202 with 2 new handsets from Amazon with a headphone jack capability and enabled the voicemail as well that I can call from the connected lines to see the voicemails , not that I need it, but was a cool feature to see that it works.

   Now my next project is to see if I can work out something that will show who's calling, besides for those in my Google contacts or on my handset phone book.

 The process was pretty straightforward, and if I had a question I came here or did a quick Google search.
 Anyone who wants to set this up can if they want, not complicated at all.

   Now we got to wait till Monday to put these new lines in use for the conference calls.
 If need be will add $10 to each account should they not work with the conference numbers.
 
 And ordered two 2.5 to 3.5 headphone jack converters for the little ones to use to be able to connect a headset to the phone.
   As well the 2 handsets I ordered from Amazon were Amazon warehouse refurbished, one was brand new, while the other it looked like someone used for a day and returned.
 Don't need better, so why not save a few bucks.

 Wrote in detail in case it's useful for someone else vs reading through all the pages in this thread!
 Thanks again guys!
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