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so, here's what I want to do
I have a PC and a plain analog landline phone sitting in my house in country A
I got an assignment in country B and I got another laptop there
I want to connect to my home PC, and then my PC will then tell my analog landline phone to dial another landline in country A. So basically, I want my home PC in country A as a "conduit" to receive and transmit voice to my home landline while I'm away. Does anybody know how to do this? I read about Obi, but not quite it, because it still needs to connect to Obi central network. what I want to do is to make my home PC interconnect with my landline seamlessly. thanks
 
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I don't know exactly what you want to happen. But there are "voice modems" that handle both data or sound (voice). With some PC programming, your computer could initiate or answer a call, change to voice mode and send whatever, call another number and do whatever there

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_modem_command_set
 
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That sounds like a very complicated way of solving a problem which could much more easily be solved by installing Skype on your laptop. In my opinion, that is. I'm not sure what you goal is with that question, though... I was assuming you were looking for a way to make calls to people in you home country without having to get a cell plan in the place you are going to.

It usually helps to ask your real question rather than asking about a proposed solution to it, by the way.
 
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yes, I know about skype, but I want to keep using my home landline since I can get unlimited calls for a very low price, and this is significant since my wife is in marketing and skype is not intended for commercial purposes (tons of calls everyday for commercial purposes). So that's why we need to figure out how to use home landline. So perhaps there are several steps here:
1. figure out how to make my home PC connect to my home landline. So, I need to figure out how to make my home PC "dial" the number and to make it as if the number is being dialled by my Panasonic KX-TG2431 analog phone (although the fact that the phone is analog or digital shouldn't matter here, since they connect to the same telco company's line).
2. once the call is connected, figure out how to send / receive voice from home PC to KX-TG2431 so conversation can be initiated

FYI, we only need to make outgoing calls, no need to worry about incoming calls. According to Ishi's answer, the setup should be something like:
Land line RJ-9 jack from provider's grid is plugged directly into the voice modem, and then the voice modem will have "audio in", plugged to PC's mic and "audio out" plugged to my PC motherboard's "audio in" port, and then another cable to connect my PC to the voice modem so PC can communicate to modem? and what's the brand of this modem? any example?

once step 1 and 2 has been figured out, we can start trying to figure out to connect my home PC to my abroad laptop to do step 1 and 2 from abroad.
thanks
 
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David Spades wrote:
once step 1 and 2 has been figured out, we can start trying to figure out to connect my home PC to my abroad laptop to do step 1 and 2 from abroad.



As side note, many vendors (including Skype) does provide "local" numbers for various countries, at very good prices. And since it is VOIP, you can get a local number in any country and use it from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.

In the argument of "build versus buy", it may be worth it to look into buying a solution.

Henry
 
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Right. First, don't reinvent. There isn't much out there that needs to be done that can't be done with existing stuff.
 
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