So I thought I would give it a try and get a SIP trunk to work at home, the outcome was good, and easy to do. First of all I registered with sipgate.co.uk and they gave me 1 free local landline number, there control pannel is quite good you can do lots, such as forward to voicemail, see who has called and when etc, the list goes on and best of all you get it all on the free package which is a bonus.
The next thing I did was to order a compatable SIP ATA, I went for a Linksys PAP2T, As many people may know Linksys is part of Cisco who are a well known networking company. I got this from eBay for under £20 and it was from a Hong Kong seller, who had good feedback, It came in about 1 week, which is very fast from Hong Kong. I got the ATA device, power supply, network cable and RJ11 cable (which i dont need).
Assuming you use DHCP on your router its really easy to set this up, just plug in the power, connect the network cable, plug a phone in one of the ports and press **** and then 110# and it will read you back the IP address you have assigned to it. Now go to your PC and put this IP address in the browser and it will open up and you can get to the settings.
Now go back to your SipGate account and login, click on help and then select LinkSys PAP2T and it will display all the settings you need to add. It does not say it but click “Save” on each page as you enter the settings.
Once you have done this you will be ready to plug a phone in and it should work ok, mine did.
The only extra thing you will need is a RJ11 to BT Socket to connect a phone to it, they cost about a £1 or so on eBay so order 2 when you order the ATA.
The ATA has 2 ports so you can do the same and add another number to port 2 the same way you did with port one. I have not done this myself but I have read a few reports and its worked ok.
As you can see from my image below this is the finished setup. My ATA connects to my Sky Netgear router (that now has a super 7db aerial attached in case the huge black aerial confused you) and then I have my phone going out of port one. The two loose BT box’s that hang there are TwinTalk’s and they give me two numbers on one BT line. So with this SIP ATA i now have another number to play around with. I may in the near future look to port one of my BT numbers to this SIP line.
Here is a video of my current setup.