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This article explains how to configure a computer running Ekiga as a Software Phone under LinuxMCE. It already assumes that you have Ekiga installed, and are able to reach the Connection Wizard.

For Those Who Know What To Do:

Inside the LinuxMCE Admin Site

  • Go to Wizard > Devices > Phones
  • Add New Phone
  • Select Generic SIP softphone .. device template # should read 1734
  • you do not need to fill out the IP or MAC fields, although you can.


Ekiga Settings:

  • Account Name: LinuxMCE
  • Registrar: or the IP address of your DCERouter if changed.
  • User: the PhoneNumber specified when inside the Phones Wizard in LinuxMCE Admin
  • Password: the PhoneNumber

That's it. The Phone should be able to register, and you should be able to make phone calls.

A Step By Step Guide

Inside the LinuxMCE Administration Site

  • First, be sure to log into your web front end, with a user who can change configuration.
  • Once this is done, select Wizard > Devices > Phones from the menu up top.

Ekiga Menu Select Wizard Devices Phones.jpg

  • If you have other phones already configured, you will see a list of them. Otherwise, this page will be blank.

Click Add Device.

Ekiga Menu Add Device Button.jpg

An Add Device window will appear.

  • Select Generic SIP Softphone from the Device Template drop-down menu, and press the Pick Device Template button.

Ekiga Menu Add Device Window.jpg

The Add Device window will disappear, and the new phone will appear.

  • In the list. Change the name of the phone to something more descriptive. Make note of the Phone Number, and set the FloorPlan Object to Non-LinuxMCE Phone to provide a floor plan icon.

Ekiga Menu New Phone Info.jpg

LinuxMCE now knows about the phone, and has configured an extension for it in Asterisk, with the Phone Number that was specified.

Now we need to configure Ekiga.

Configuring Ekiga

  • Start Ekiga.
  • Start The Connection Druid. If this is the first time you've run Ekiga, this should start automatically. If you need it, you can re-start it by selecting Connection Druid from the Edit menu. Click Forward.

Ekiga Druid Welcome.png

  • Enter your First and Last name

Ekiga First Lastname.png

  • You do not need an Ekiga.net account, you are using LinuxMCE to make calls. Click this checkbox. Forward can then be clicked.

Ekiga EkigaNet.png

  • Choose your connection type.

Ekiga Choose Connection.png

  • Ekiga will detect your NAT type..since you are using the LinuxMCE box on your network, this does not matter. Do not enable STUN support.

Ekiga Choose Nat Type.png

  • Ekiga will then ask which sound system it should configure itself for. The Default setting will most likely work.

Ekiga Choose Sound System.png

  • Choose your appropriate sound devices. The default settings will most likely work.

Ekiga Choose Sound Card.png

  • Choose your video system. The Default settings will most likely work.

Ekiga Choose Video System.png

  • Choose your Video Device. The default settings will most likely work.

Ekiga Choose Video Device.png

  • Review the settings summary, to make sure everything looks right.

Ekiga Summary of Settings.png

Now that Ekiga is configured, we need to add the account.

  • Select Accounts from the Edit menu. The Accounts window will then be displayed. Select Add Account.

Ekiga Accounts.png

The Add Account Window will then appear.

  • Name your account something appropriate. e.g. LinuxMCE
  • For the protocol, select SIP from the drop-down menu.
  • The Registrar is the IP address of your DCE Router, this is normally
  • Both the User and Password, are the Phone Number that you noted earlier.
  • You do not need to fill out the Advanced options.

Ekiga Account Add.png

The Account is added, and now must be enabled.

  • Click the checkbox next to your account. The account should then read "REGISTERED"

Ekiga Registering Phone.png

Congratulations! Ekiga is now configured to accept phone calls, and can now dial calls. How you dial out, depends on how you have configured your Telecom setup, and is a subject of another article.