Connecting to the Mother Ship
You've made it to your hotel, have all your equipment, and have located the broadband jack in your room.
Use the quick-start guide included with your TA for a quick way to set up and get online on the road. These instructions will work for most of the connections you find. Call your VoIP provider if you still need assistance.
In this section, I summarize the steps to take to get your system connected and working with your VoIP service.
Connecting your TA
Your TA should work exactly like it does at home. If you have connected it using the default setup from your VoIP provider, it should be a "plug and dial" hookup for you. If you have modified the device settings or set a fixed IP address to make it work with your home network, you might have to configure it to obtain an address from the hotel network. (To accomplish that task, use the voice-response menus built into your TA.) Consult the manufacturer's instructions if you have any questions about how to access these
If you have been using your TA with an Internet gateway device, you might consider bring the gateway along to simplify things. You will most likely need to use the setup guide for your gateway to get it communicating with the hotel's network.
You did bring a handset, didn't you?
After your TA is online, just plug in your handset and start making calls.
If you have forgotten your handset, do not try connecting the hotel phone to your TA. Many hotel phones are designed to
If you don't have a handset, consider using a softphone with your notebook computer—the topic of the
Leaving the TA at home (or Phoenix)
Many travelers opt not to bring their TA on the road; they bring their notebook computer and use a VoIP softphone instead. Most VoIP service providers offer softphone options for a small fee; these options can give you
Broadband Phone on the Go
Most major broadband phone companies offer softphone options. Phones like the XTen X-PRO softphone work with several VoIP providers when you add a softphone line to your service (
). These options are a great deal for the extra mobility you will receive. You can use the softphone
Figure 9.11. The XTen X-Pro softphone configured for Vonage's SoftPhone service
Have Skype, Will Travel
If you use free services like Skype and Free World Dialup, you already have the setup you need to communicate on the road. Just find the Internet, and start calling. You will have the same tools you use at home to make and receive calls.
Finally, let's look at a few things you should consider when traveling to make your journey a safe one. Just because you are on vacation doesn't mean that the hackers are as well. You can take a few common-sense steps to make sure you can use your equipment safely while on the road.
Virtual private networks and encryption are advanced security technologies; operating them correctly requires additional knowledge and configuration. If you do not have these resources set up already,
Don't forget security
If you read the newspaper, watch television, or listen to the radio, you have read/seen/
For all intents and purposes, a wireless network is like an old party-line telephone; everyone who has access to the network can hear what everyone else is saying. If you are planning to use your systems for sensitive communications, consider this fact, and take appropriate measures to ensure that your communications are protected. These measures may include using encrypted softphones (like the kind provided by Skype) or virtual private networks that connect you to a trusted network before you initiate your call.
As a minimum, install a good personal firewall and antivirus program on your notebook computer to protect your system whenever you are connected to the Internet.
Beyond that, I cannot possibly do this important topic
Register your 911 service
Your VoIP provider's 911 service is fixed to the location you provided when you last configured 911. During your