A pictorial representation of Voice over IP
Working with Dr. Haniph Latchman
would be great. Among other classes, he teaches communications,
computer communications, and control systems. I was in two
out of three of those classes. So I knew he was a good teacher,
and thought he would be a great manager and enriching to working
at his telecommunications research lab (LIST).
I was honored he asked me to take on this project. He would
provide the 2 computers, and fund $600 for the LineJACK VoIP
At first, I wasn't going to accept since I was swamped with
other work in my last semester. I had another project (Ethernet
card for the MSX computer), was working part time at an
Internet company, and was taking care of the details of graduation.
It was a big project and I had no clue what VoIP was about
- the protocols, programs or hardware available.
But I took on the project because of two reasons:
- Girlfriend in Brazil. If I could get VoIP to work here,
I could set-up the system in her city in southern Brazil
I could talk to her for free and would start a business
I could work from Brazil. Unfortunately, we broke-up a month
later in February so no business ventures in Brazil for
- Four other students in my class were interested. They
all were excited about the idea of the project and I didn't
want to miss out on a chance to work with such an enthusiastic
group. We could form a team and delegate tasks.
So, I and four others took the plunge into the world of
VoIP. Besides being a project for a class, I also made this
VoIP project my highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) thesis paper.
The PhoniGators team -
Back row: Harsha, Janarhdan, Sajan
Front row: Dave, Ramya
Humorously named the PhoniGators, our group's website maintained
stats of the PhoniGators project:
- OS - Windows 98 SE
- Hardware - 2 PCs, 133 MHz ,CDROM, Ethernet card,
and available ISA slots
- Special hardware - 2 Quicknet LineJACK cards VoIP,
- Programs - PSTNgw from OpenH323.org that uses
the H.323 protocols (www.openh323.org)