Ekiga

I’ve been testing out Ekiga recently, and so far the experience has been a bit hit and miss.

  • Firewall traversal has been unreliable. Some numbers (like the SIPPhone echo test) work great. In some cases, no traffic has gotten through (where both parties were behind Linux firewalls). In other cases, voice gets through in one direction but not the other. Robert Collins has some instructions on setting up siproxd which might solve all this though, so I’ll have to try that.
  • The default display for the main window is a URI entry box and a dial pad. It would make much more sense to display the user’s list of contacts here instead (which are currently in a separate window). I rarely enter phone numbers on my mobile phone, instead using the address book. I expect that most VoIP users would be the same, provided that using the address book is convenient.
  • Related to the previous point: the Ekiga.net registration service seems to know who is online and who is not. It would be nice if this information could be displayed next to the contacts.
  • Ekiga supports multiple sound cards. It was a simple matter of selecting “Logitech USB Headset” as the input and output device on the audio devices page of the preferences to get it to use my headset. Now I hear the ring on my desktop’s speakers, but can use the headset for calls.
  • It is cool that Ekiga supports video calls, but I have no video camera on my computer. Even though I disabled video support in the preferences, there is still a lot of knobs and whistles in the UI related to video.

Even though there are still a few warts, Ekiga shows a lot of promise. As more organisations provide SIP gateways become available (such as the UWA gateway), this software will become more important as a way of avoiding expensive phone charges as well as a way of talking to friends/colleagues.

4 Comments

  1. Daniel Frey
    Posted 12 April, 2006 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    I have a Logitech USB Headset, too, and the fact it doesn’t work with Ekiga is not an Ekiga problem. Try plugging it into another USB port, probably leaving out a HUB and trying a port at the computer itself. More info here: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=329609

    Daniel

  2. Anonymous
    Posted 12 April, 2006 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Sorry for the noise, I misread what you wrote. Obviously, you don’t have the problem I had. Daniel

  3. -
    Posted 19 April, 2006 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    The fact that incoming connections (such as sound) aren’t let in through a Linux NAT is a feature. If you have a Linux firewall, you can also try conntrack_sip from Netfilter unstable. It works just like conntrack_ftp, no configuration necessary.

  4. HENOKE
    Posted 25 April, 2006 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    i am trying to get the source code for SIP based VOIP so it can guide me in my project
    can u help me please