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Inscape Access System Simplified

by alan on August 23, 2012

in Alan Widmer,News,Projects

Getting into Inscape should be waaay easier than it was before. There is an access box just to the left of the main front door to the building. On this box you can use the “A-Z” buttons to scroll through the list of tenants to find Jigsaw then hit the “Call”. The call now rings through to a phone in Jigsaws space and when someone is there they simply press the ‘9’ key on the phone to buzz you in.

We didn’t want to have a landline phone installed in the space and pay a monthly fee so we rigged up a system using Google Voice, a $3 phone from Goodwill and an $40 OBi100.

The OBi100 acts as a voice-over-ip bridge between Google Voice and traditional handset. I was a little skeptical at first as to how well it would work but the device is really impressive. It’s smaller than a deck of cards and just connects to power, the phone, and the Internet via our network. It’s fairly easy to setup and once running it works just like a regular phone. We can make and receive domestic calls for free. Google Voice gives very powerful tools for managing voice mail and call screening.

I have no affiliation with the company that sells OBi, just thought it might be interesting to others who need an occasional landline.

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