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Voicemail?
« on: January 09, 2016, 05:29:41 pm »
Does MCE include a voicemail feature? I don't see a "modem" category in the hardware compatibility section. It would be hard to dial out without a modem in case of a home automation/security emergency although most smartphones can get email. I am using X10 and a telephone responder for dial in but am in the process of switching to Universal Devices ISY99i for remote internet access but that system is stand-alone so no telephone integration. Suggestions? Thanks.

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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2016, 06:14:39 pm »
As LinuxMCE uses Asterisk, we do have a voicemail feature. Every user has a box, as well as a general box for everybody. Remote dial in is not setup, emergency dial out is done via Asterisk.

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2016, 07:10:56 pm »
Thanks. I had looked at Asterisk before MCE and gave up when I saw the prices on Wildcard modems. They are really set up for PBX not single users IMHO. It was unclear to me whether they could interface with a typical Linux compatible modem. Is there a reason there is no modem compatibility category for MCE?

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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 03:30:19 pm »
Nobody ever did. And given the state of modems these days, I doubt that anyone ever will.

People are using small little adapters which work using SIP for dialing out. Check with Grandstream and Linksys.

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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016, 04:19:37 pm »
Sorry, confused. My main concern is voicemail. I know Asterisk will handle it with their very expensive modems. But I didn't see a hardware compatibility list on their website or yours regarding regular modems. Are these SIP devices mentioned MCE/Asterisk compatible for incoming phone calls as well as outgoing? Hey, I'm not asking for MCE to answer skype calls (yet). Thanks.

PS. Just looked at grandstream... I am not a business... I am doing "home" automation on a budget... the ISY99i I just bought was like $50... if I buy a modem for voicemail it will be like $20... only reason I am looking at MCE is it is free... if it requires a staff to look after it I guess I should move on... is it unreasonable to expect MCE to have a simple phone interface? it certainly has a lot of fancier interfaces (which I will never use)... almost everybody has a phone (I don't know what the percentage of MCE users have broadband through cable instead of landline)... so basically, is there a cheap modem that works with Asterisk? if so, why not put it in compatibility list? And, of course, you could advertise those expensive wildcard modems there too. Thanks.

PPS. I also researched a lot of mgetty solutions which are all too complicated to install... I don't like the command line really at all (needs to be deprecated)
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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016, 06:22:45 pm »
You should move on. Sorry.

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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2016, 06:51:09 pm »
Ah..one more piece of open source software taken over by people not interested in making it usable by everyone but rather making it so complicated that they will be assured of consulting income. hmm.

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Re: Voicemail?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2016, 07:53:14 pm »
Or maybe one more person that thinks OSS is always free as in beer, and has no interest in adding stuff for the benefit of all.