This instructable is the final one in the series, leading up to the Voiceberry Pi! I work from home as a computer consultant. I spend a good deal of time on conference calls, and needed a second line to handle these calls. I explored my options, and decided to go with Magic Jack. You know the adds. The quality is good, and the product works. But, to cut down on costs, they don’t let you dial toll numbers to conference calls if they know about it. Many of my conference calls only have toll numbers, so I needed a way to around this limitation.

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Next, you open the App on your phone or tablet. Then you sign up for an account. You get assigned a phone number. I’m not sure if its just a Magic Jack phone number which works by people calling a number and dialing a special Magic Jack number starting and ending with an asterix, or if you also have an assigned telephone number. I assume it is the second, because whenever I have called people with this Magic Jack app, the same Florida number shows up on the caller ID.

Just dial the number, then press “Call”.

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Chris on August 22, at 4: You might also be able to register at a cafe or hotspot in the US, but it may not be very secure. Owen on August 25, at 4: If I disconnect the computer from my router I lose the connection to the internet. Pluging the MJ plus into the router leaves no connection to the internet??? MY router only has one 1 plug-In….

Chris on August 26, at 2: It sounds to me like you are connecting your computer directly to your modem without a router. Connect your only ethernet port on the modem to the WAN port on the router. Connect all your other wired devices to the router desktop computer, magicJack plus, print-server, laptop, etc. You should be good to go. Privacy is a major concern on the internet. Just a thought… Yvette on September 19, at 7: Chris on September 20, at 3:

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The device you use must be connected to the same network as your MagicJack Plus. You may be asked to supply personal information such as your name, address, and contact information. You must enter the code using your telephone before you can start using MagicJack Plus. When complete, you can make telephone calls through your router using MagicJack Plus. Method Troubleshooting Installation 1 Contact your Internet service provider to verify your modem allows more than one device to access the Internet if you receive error when trying to use MagicJack Plus.

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Our company supplies telephone equipment to phone companies. We don’t know anything about the Magic Jack other than what’s in this Tech Bulletin. We don’t recommend the Magic Jack for anything other than a really cute inexpensive toy. Never give Magic Jack your credit card number. You can plug it into an Ethernet port on your home router.

No PC is needed but you can still use one if you want. It’s a little bigger plastic box than the original silver versions, and comes with a little power cube to power it not all USB ports are created equal, and sometimes USB port power availability caused problems on the older versions. All the smarts necessary for it to work are in the unit itself. You never have to plug it into your PC, even to set it up. The technical numbers comparing versions of Magic Jack are towards the end of this Tech Bulletin.

My magicJackGO didn’t work right out of the box Nothing happened when I was done dialing.

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When it connects, works great. Now, here’s where the bad starts. When having the app on and your phone locked, if you receive a call and unlock your phone to get to the app to answer it your call will fail or simply put you cannot answer it Doesn’t matter how quick or slow you answer the call.

Jan 12,  · The easiest way that I’ve seen is with a Magic Jack. How do I make my PC function as a classic landline phone? Plug the phone line into your modem (assuming you have a dial up modem jack which on modern PC’s is rare). Plug in a Microphone, and a headphone, then open the start menu, All Programs, accessories, communications.

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In the past I had a voice over with no significant issues except some echo on the line. As I understand it there is an additional one-time charge for the change and an additional cost to annual service bill to keep old number. So we’ll end up paying the cost for a plus with an original Magic Jack. I see no reason to not buy it at the end of the trial period at this point in time.

BUT I would only do it with a cell phone in the house as a back-up in the event that the Magic Jack is out.

Happy with Magic Jack says: For comments on how to hook up with home wiring, this is what I did. About a year ago, I got rid of my home landline and had the number ported to my family plan cell phone. If I had the ooma hub set up near my cable modem and then plugged the hub into the closest home phone jack, I should then get a dial tone.

I had a lot of questions about this device, and I will try to answer those questions for others who are interested in saving money on their phone service. Here are my answers based on my experience. After you register by plugging it into your computer USB port, you just plug in your router, power, and phone. How is the sound quality? It is about half way between a cell phone and a regular land line. Sometimes I briefly hear some low volume static after talking, and some people say my voice sounds slightly synthesized.

There is also a slight delay. How many phones can it support? I activated the phone wiring in my house and plugged in 3 cordless phones, and they all worked. If you do this, be sure to disconnect the phone wire that comes in from the phone company. Cordless phones provide their own power, so they are not much of a drain on the MagicJack power.

Other reviews have said that only 1 to 2 corded phones can be supported. The easiest and best way to hook up your phones is to use a DECT phone system.

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Alternately, you can connect the magicJack to the USB extension cord provided with your device, then plug the USB extension into your computer. After your device has been found, the magicJack Desktop Application will automatically open and display on-screen. When the activation process is complete, you can make and receive telephone calls using VoIP technology courtesy of the magicJack. Method Troubleshooting magicJack Connectivity 1 Plug the magicJack directly into an open USB port on your computer if you connected the device directly to your modem and the computer is unable to detect or activate your device.

Then, follow the steps outlined in Method Two to activate the magicJack. When activation is complete, you can reconnect the magicJack directly to your modem.

How to install and use MagicJack Plus VoIP Phone Service