Peers user manual
Peers is a softphone, i.e. a software phone. To place calls using software, rules and unique “numbers” need to be established so that each software phone can place calls to other phones. Those rules are called a protocol.
Unfortunately, there are many protocols for voice communication over internet (VoIP): MGCP, H323, SIP, XMPP/jingle, IAX, etc. Peers softphone supports only one protocol: SIP. Nevertheless, this protocol seems to be more and more popular amongst VoIP providers. And many free SIP providers offer voice service for free for internet calls only (not towards fixed line phone, nor mobiles).
With this standard, each user needs its own account, its SIP account. If you want to use peers but don’t have any SIP account yet, you can create a SIP account on a free SIP provider. Here is a short list, (you will probably find many using google):
Each SIP provider will give you at least three parameters: username, domain and password. Sometimes a SIP provider may give you an outbound proxy or a proxy. Don’t be scared by this vocabulary, they just have to be provided into peers so that you can place and receive calls using peers.
Register your SIP account
Now that you have your SIP account, we will see how to configure your SIP account in Peers.
When you first start peers, it will display the following window:
If you open Edit > Account frame, you will be able to configure your SIP account.
It’s now time to provide:
- User: your sip user name (often a number or a simple string you chose),
- Domain: an internet domain (anything.com), it’s often a domain or a sub-domain of your SIP providers, so it will probably look like the start of the URL of the web site you visited to create this account,
- Password: password provided by you sip provider. This is generally a complicated string with numbers, letters, etc. If you let password field empty, no registration will be done.
- Outbound Proxy: this parameter is optional, it may be provided by your sip provider to give an address which is slightly different from domain.
Once credentials configured, click on Apply to register using your account.
If everything happens correctly, you should see a green bullet with “Registered” text
Peers main frame should also display this status:
You can now close your accoutn window using close button.
Place and receive calls
To place a call, you need to input the complete sip uri of the callee. If you don’t have the domain of the callee, or if you want to call a fixed line number, or any other classical phone number, just put the phone number followed by your own domain name.
Then click on call to start the call. A new frame should appear with a simple keypad and hangup button.