I went to Bob's house to finish
setting up his network, now that he got an inexpensive switch. It only
took a few minutes to set up and testing the network proved it worked as
I then wanted to try Speak Freely, as there
are both Windows and Unix clients available (although the program itself is
being discontinued, so grab your copies now). It's a nice program,
supporting several popular real-time audio protocols and encryption options,
but alas, it was written with a peer-to-peer Internet in mind, not the mess
we have now. Which means that Bob's firewall/NAT/DHCP appliance had to forward the ports
Speak Freely uses.
So far, it seems to be the best of a whole range of VoIP programs Bob's used (primarily
because it is peer-to-peer and doesn't require a third party server
to communicate through) but a test with one of the other players wasn't
quite conclusive—he had severe echo problems on his end, due to either his
audio hardware, audio software, or (my thought since he had to configure his
firewall/NAT/DHCP appliance to
forward the packets) he was getting the audio packets twice. But if we can
get this issued cleared up, I think Bob might settle on using this for audio
(it is a nice program).
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