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binar Apr 30, 2009, 05:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fellow Forum Members,
I'm using an Ooma VOIP hub to place my telephone calls. My goal is to record my phone conversations as MP3 audio files into my computer by linking it to my Ooma hub via an ethernet connection.

Once I connect my PC to the Ooma hub with an ethernet cable, what software app will be able to recognize the Ooma Hub IP address and convert this IP data to an audio file that I could save as an MP3 file? Any suggestions from a VOIP tekkie will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.


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kOrny Apr 30, 2009, 05:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
I used to have Packet8 (a VoIP service) and what it did was record all my voicemail to .wav format, incase I wanted to check it online. I don't know how, but knowing this there has got to be a way.

binar Apr 30, 2009, 06:35pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
Thanks for your post.

Ooma offers the same service. I can listen to all of my phone messages online as WAV files. I can even download them and archive them. I am also thinking the same. If phone messages can be saved, why not Phone Conversations?

If anyone out there has any ideas on how I could tap into the Ooma Ethernet IP connection to save my phone conversations as WAV files please let me know. Thanks

Gerritt Apr 30, 2009, 07:23pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
If you are looking at doing this yourself, I know that it is possible with several up to date Packet Sniffer type packages, especially if you are running H.323, but I'm sure that they'll also work with SIP based VOIP.
Both the "SNIFFER" and TAMOSOFT brands provide for this type of functionality.

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john albrich Apr 30, 2009, 11:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?

Freeware Cain & Abel claims it can do this too.
http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=5062

Reason   May 01, 2009, 01:52am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Very likely some legalities involved here, make sure you have all your bases researched and covered.

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TamTheBam May 01, 2009, 07:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What exactly are you upto.. hmmm :P

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binar May 01, 2009, 10:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
Thanks to all for their post.

I found a solution, although it's not producing the best quality audio. I bought the device shown below and trying it out:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062697

It would be so cool if some one out there can manufacturer a phone that allows recording phone conversations onto a San Disk flash card as well as saving messages to a San Disk card (Googling for such a phone produced no results).

Currently, using a phone with a micro cassette. But this technology is such a drag to work with. In my line of work I get a lot of complex data over the phone and I need to readily have access to past conversations without rewinding through a bunch of tape.

I would really appreciate it if anyone out there can recommend the best home office digital phone for sale in the market that can be modified to interface with a home computer with little effort. Thanks.

Gerritt May 01, 2009, 11:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
Ummmm, It apears that you are trying to mine the expert base without paying......
Just my take.

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john albrich May 02, 2009, 12:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 02, 2009, 12:30am EDT

 
>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
If you're looking for something 100% automated, I can't help you there for any commercial off-the-shelf solution.

However, since you've clearly now got the means to capture the conversations, then it should be an easy thing to record the audio into discrete files on your computer. Then you can "insert" the recordings into an Office DB (or any DB that allows embedding pointers to audio files).

You can then label, index, and cross-reference any way you could possibly want.


Another possibility: look into hand-held digital recorders.
One may be able to automatically provide date/time headers and interface to a (in all likelihood proprietary) program via USB. It may even provide some form of rudimentary DB. Some are voice-activated, so you'd get semi-auto capabilities.

That Radio Shack adapter just converts the phone signals to levels suitable for regular home electronics in general, and provides voice-activation for compatible recorders. You should be able to use the adapter with any recorder with an appropriate input, including digital recorders and the audio input to a PC. If recording directly to the PC your software would have to provide the voice-activation function.


edit to change info about RS adapter

binar May 04, 2009, 06:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Is Recording a Phone Conversation to a PC possible?
Thanks to all for their post. I am going to look into hand held digital recorders since this is the most straigtforeward approach. Again thanks.


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