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MediaRing Talk User’s Manual Version 6.5

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MediaRing Talk User’s Manual Version 6.5

MediaRing Talk

User’s Manual




Version 6.5

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing MediaRing Talk

How MediaRing Talk Works

What you need to use MediaRing Talk 

Chapter 2 Installing MediaRing Talk

Chapter 3 Registering MediaRing Talk

Register as a new user

Re-register as a Registered User of MediaRing Talk 99 

Register as a registered user of MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x

Chapter 4 Running Configuration Wizard

Chapter 5 Setting Properties

General

User

Connection

Options

Audio

ValueFone

Chapter 6 Starting and Closing MediaRing Talk

Chapter 7 Making an Internet Phone Call

Making a call while logged off the Internet 

Making a call while logged on the Internet 

Inviting the party you are calling 

Chapter 8 Making a PC to Phone Call

Chapter 9 Receiving an Internet Phone Call

Chapter 10 During an Internet Phone Call

Receiving Second Call Notification 

Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Volume 

Monitoring Internet Traffic Congestion 

Chapter 11 Sending and Receiving Voice Messages

Sending a Voice Message

Sending a VoizMail

Receiving Voice Messages

Chapter 12 Using the Phone Book

Creating an Item (telephone entry) 

Editing an Item

Deleting an Item

Creating a Group

Editing a Group’s Properties

Deleting a Group

Making a Call from the Phonebook 

Advanced Settings (Knocking parameters) 

Chapter 13 Using the Call Log

Chapter 14 Using the Chat Box

Appendix Installing Dial-Up Networking

Chapter 1 Introducing MediaRing Talk


MediaRing Talk is an award-winning, Next Generation, Internet Voice Communications software. It allows you to make long distance and international calls over the Internet, from your PC to any other PC with Internet access and MediaRing Talk installed, and, to any regular telephone if you subscribe to MediaRing’s ValueFone service. All you need to do is start MediaRing Talk; dial the number; and let MediaRing Talk establish a connection for you.

Long-distance charges do not apply for PC to PC calls because MediaRing Talk connects to the other party using IP addresses, not through telephone networks. The telephone number is simply used to signal the other party.

How MediaRing Talk Works

The person you want to contact needs to have MediaRing Talk running in the background and subscribe to an Internet account with their local Internet Service Provider. Neither you nor the person you want to contact need be connected to the Internet before making a call through MediaRing Talk.

If you are already connected to the Internet, you can receive an Internet call directly from anyone using MediaRing Talk.

The following steps take place when you make a PC to PC call using MediaRing Talk:

MediaRing Talk uses the modem to dial the telephone number of the person you want to contact. This signals the copy of MediaRing Talk on the PC of the person you are calling.

MediaRing Talk on your PC logs on to the Internet while the copy of MediaRing Talk on the PC of the person you are calling does the same.

Both copies of MediaRing Talk then register with the MediaRing Talk Server
(a machine acting as a switch to connect MediaRing Talk calls.)

The call is connected through the MediaRing Talk Server. You can now talk with the party you are calling!

What you need to use MediaRing Talk

You need the following configuration for your personal computer to use MediaRing Talk:

Hardware Requirements (Minimum)

Pentium 133 MHz processor

32 MB random access memory (RAM)

8 MB free Hard Disk space

28,800 bps modem, or leased line/ISDN/cable modem

SVGA Display adapter with minimum 256 colors

16-bit Windows Sound System compatible sound card, half-duplex

Microphone and speakers or earphones

Hardware Requirements (Recommended)

Pentium 166 MHz or higher processor

32 MB random access memory (RAM) or more

10 MB free Hard Disk space

33,600 bps or faster modem, or leased line/ISDN/cable modem

SVGA Display adapter with 16-bit High color

Windows Sound System compatible multimedia card, full-duplex

Microphone and speakers or headset

Software Requirements

Windows 95 operating system or
Windows 98 operating system

Windows Dial-Up Networking installed

Other Requirements

Internet access account with your local Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Telephone line connected to your modem must be able to make long distance / international calls.
(Private Branch Exchange, PBX line can be used to make and receive calls while logged on the Internet only)
For making long distance calls, you need a direct telephone line with long distance call access.

Chapter 2  Installing MediaRing Talk

To install MediaRing Talk from CD-ROM (if you have downloaded MediaRing Talk from a web site, double-click MRTALK99-SETUP.EXE and proceed from Step 8):

Remove the CD-ROM from its packaging.

Switch on your computer and let it boot up.

Insert the CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.

Double-click the MY COMPUTER icon on the desktop.

Double-click the CD-ROM drive icon.

Double-click the MRTalk folder.

Double-click the MRTALK99-SETUP.EXE icon in the MRTalk folder. The Install window appears.

Click Install.



Follow the prompts in the Setup Wizard to complete the installation. The Setup Wizard will not proceed to the next page until all the necessary information is entered for the current page. If you encounter difficulties, contact MediaRing Technical Support.

The first dialog box in the Setup Wizard is the License Agreement dialog box.

Read the license agreement carefully. You need to use the scroll bar to scroll the text up in order to read the agreement fully. Click Next when you have finished reading and agree with the terms and conditions. The Choose Destination Location dialog box appears.

You can select the default folder: C:Program FilesMediaRing Talk 99, or enter your own folder. Click Next. The installation begins. The installation may take a few minutes.

When the Installation Complete dialog box appears, you can select to run MediaRing Talk now or later. Click Finish to complete the installation process.

The files necessary to run MediaRing Talk are installed on your computer. The Registration Wizard automatically starts to help you register your MediaRing Talk. Afterwards, the Configuration Wizard automatically starts to help you configure your MediaRing Talk for use.

Important If you do not complete either the Registration Wizard or Configuration Wizard, you will not be able to make or receive calls. You can contact MediaRing Technical Support if you encounter difficulties while running the Registration Wizard or the Configuration Wizard.

MediaRing Talk backs up system files that it modifies during installation and stores them in the following directory:

WindowsSystemTalk99BackupSystemFiles

Chapter 3 Registering MediaRing Talk


Before you can make or receive calls with MediaRing Talk, you must register yourself so that the MediaRing Talk server knows who you are. You must re-register if you change the telephone number that is connected to your MediaRing Talk PC or want to register a second telephone number with your MediaRing Talk account. You are allowed to register up to two telephone numbers.

You must register as one of the following:

A new user
Register as a new user if this is the first time you are registering MediaRing Talk.

Registered user of MediaRing Talk 99
Register as a registered user if you have registered MediaRing Talk 99 before.

Registered user of MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x
Register in this mode if you have registered MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x before.

Register as a new user

To register as a new user:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.
Click the Start button, go to the MediaRing Talk 99 folder and click MediaRing Talk 99. MediaRing Talk starts.

Click the Menu button and click Register MediaRing Talk. If this is the first time you are using MediaRing Talk 99, the Registration Wizard should have started automatically when you start MediaRing Talk. The Start dialog box appears.

Select “New MediaRing Talk 99 user” and click Next. If you have installed the CyberCard, Cyber Agent or Starter Kit versions, the Product dialog box appears. You must enter the CyberCard Number, Cyber Agent No, or Starter Kit Product ID.
Click Next. The User Details dialog box appears.

Enter your First Name, Last Name, Nickname, Email address, the Country where you reside, and your Zip/Postal Code.
Your first and last names are used in our correspondence with you, whereas your nickname is used to identify you to the party you are calling.
Enter a valid email address. The email address is used to identify your account.
The Zip Code is particularly important if you reside in the USA or Canada; you must ensure that you enter the Zip/Postal Code correctly.



Click Next. The My Modem Number dialog box appears.

Enter your Modem Number. This is the telephone number that connects to the Modem/PC where you installed MediaRing Talk. This number becomes the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.
If you do not have a modem connected and are using a leased line, ISDN, cable modem or AOL connection, you still need to enter your telephone number. This number becomes the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.



If necessary, click Dialing Properties to change settings in the Dialing Properties dialog box. You can also access the Dialing Properties dialog box through the Properties window, User tab sheet if you need to make changes later.
Click Next. A confirmation box appears.



Click Yes to confirm the telephone number. The Choose Password dialog box appears.

Enter your Password and re-enter it to confirm. This password is used to validate calls made using your account. You must also remember this password to administer your account through the MediaRing web page.



Click Next. The Internet Connection dialog box appears.



Select the Internet Connection that you want MediaRing Talk to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) with. You need to select at least one Internet Connection.
If you connect to the Internet through a leased line or cable modem, select Leased Line/Cable Modem.
If you connect to the Internet through America Online (AOL), select America Online (AOL).
If you connect to the Internet through an ISDN modem, select ISDN Connection.
If you connect through a modem, select the Dial Up Networking Connection you are using.

Important note: MediaRing Talk does not support XDSL modems (for example, ADSL modems.)

If you select a Dial Up Networking Connection, enter your User Name and Password for the selected Dial Up Networking Connection.



Click Next. The Proxy Server dialog box appears.

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) require that you access the Internet through Proxy Servers.
If you are required to use Proxy Servers, check the Use Proxy box.
Enter your Proxy Server and Port.
Enter the Domains where you do not need to use the Proxy Server.
Check with your ISP Technical/Customer Support if you are not sure.




Click Next. The On-Line Registration dialog box appears.

You are now ready to start the On-Line Registration. Click Start.



MediaRing Talk will dial up to your Internet Service Provider and connect to the MediaRing Talk server to register. When the registration is done, a completion message appears.
Click Finish to exit the Registration Wizard.

Re-register as a Registered User of MediaRing Talk 99

If you have changed your telephone number or want to add a second telephone number, you need to re-register using the Registration Wizard. You can register up to two telephone numbers with your account. If you attempt to register a third telephone number, you will be asked to delete one of the two registered numbers before adding the new number.

To re-register when you are already a registered user:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.
Click the Start button, go to the MediaRing Talk 99 folder and click MediaRing Talk 99. MediaRing Talk starts.

Click the Menu button and click Register MediaRing Talk. The Start dialog box appears.

Select “Registered MediaRing Talk 99 user” and click Next.
If you have installed the CyberCard, Cyber Agent or Starter Kit versions, the Product dialog box appears. This dialog box shows the Product ID of your copy of MediaRing Talk.
Click Next. The Verify Registration dialog box appears.

Verify that the email address is correct. MediaRing Talk uses your email address and password to identify you.
Enter your Password. If you have forgotten your password click the Menu button, click Web Sites, and click My MediaRing Account. Or, go to the Account Management page in the Members page: https://www.mediaring.com/members/ .




Click Next. The My Modem Number dialog box appears.

Enter your Modem Number. This is the telephone number that connects to the Modem/PC where you installed MediaRing Talk. If you change your telephone number or want to register a second telephone number, enter the new number here. This number is the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.

If you do not have a modem connected and are using a leased line, ISDN, cable modem or AOL connection, you still need to enter your telephone number. This number is the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.




If necessary, click Dialing Properties to change settings in the Dialing Properties dialog box. You can also access the Dialing Properties dialog box through the Properties window, User tab sheet if you need to make changes later.
Click Next. A confirmation box appears.



Click Yes to confirm the telephone number. The Internet Connection dialog box appears.

Select the Internet Connection that you want MediaRing Talk to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) with. You need to select at least one Internet Connection.
If you connect to the Internet through a leased line or cable modem, select Leased Line/Cable Modem.
If you connect to the Internet through America Online (AOL), select America Online (AOL).
If you connect to the Internet through an ISDN modem, select ISDN Connection.
If you connect through a modem, select the Dial Up Networking Connection you are using.

Important note: MediaRing Talk does not support XDSL modems (for example, ADSL modems.)

If you select a Dial Up Networking Connection, enter your User Name and Password for the selected Dial Up Networking Connection.



Click Next. The Proxy Server dialog box appears.

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) require that you access the Internet through Proxy Servers.
If you are required to use Proxy Servers, check the Use Proxy box.
Enter your Proxy Server and Port.
Enter the Domains where you do not need to use the Proxy Server.
Check with your ISP Technical/Customer Support if you are not sure.



Click Next. The On-Line Registration dialog box appears.
You are now ready to start the On-Line Registration. Click Start.



MediaRing Talk will dial up to your Internet Service Provider and connect to the MediaRing Talk server to register. When the registration is done, a completion message appears. Click Finish to exit the Registration Wizard.

Register as a registered user of MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x

If you have registered as a user of MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x, you need to re-register when you upgrade to MediaRing Talk 99.

To re-register as a registered user of MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.
Click the Start button, go to the MediaRing Talk 99 folder and click MediaRing Talk 99. MediaRing Talk starts.

Click the Menu button and click Register MediaRing Talk. If this is the first time you are using MediaRing Talk 99, the Registration Wizard starts automatically when you start MediaRing Talk. The Start dialog box appears.

Select “Registered MediaRing Talk 1.x/2.x user” and click Next.
If you installed the CyberCard, Cyber Agent or Starter Kit versions, the Product dialog box appears. This dialog box shows the Product ID of your copy of MediaRing Talk.
Click Next. The User Details dialog box appears.

Enter your First Name, Last Name, Nickname, Email address, the Country where you reside, and your Zip/Postal Code.
Your first and last names are used in our correspondence with you, whereas your nickname is used to identify you to the party you are calling.
Enter a valid email address. The email address is used to identify your account. If you change your email address, please re-run the Registration Wizard and update your Email address.
The Zip Code is particularly important if you reside in the USA or Canada; you must ensure that you enter the Zip/Postal Code correctly.



Click Next. The My Modem Number dialog box appears.

Enter your Modem Number. This is the telephone number that connects to the Modem/PC where you installed MediaRing Talk. If you change your telephone number or want to register a second telephone number, enter the new number here. This number is the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.

If you do not have a modem connected and are using a leased line, ISDN, cable modem or AOL connection, you still need to enter your telephone number. This number is the MediaRing Talk-ready number that you give your friends and allows them to make Internet phone calls to you.



If necessary, click Dialing Properties to change settings in the Dialing Properties dialog box. You can also access the Dialing Properties dialog box through the Properties window, User tab sheet if you need to make changes later.
Click Next. A confirmation box appears.



Click Yes to confirm the telephone number. The Choose Password dialog box appears.

Enter your Password and re-enter it to confirm. This password is used to validate calls made using your account. You must also remember this password to administer your account through the MediaRing web page.



Click Next. The Internet Connection dialog box appears.

Select the Internet Connection that you want MediaRing Talk to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) with. You need to select at least one Internet Connection.
If you connect to the Internet through a leased line or cable modem, select Leased Line/Cable Modem.
If you connect to the Internet through America Online (AOL), select America Online (AOL).
If you connect to the Internet through an ISDN modem, select ISDN Connection.
If you connect through a modem, select the Dial Up Networking Connection you are using.

Important note: MediaRing Talk does not support XDSL modems (for example, ADSL modems.)

If you select a Dial Up Networking Connection, enter your User Name and Password for the selected Dial Up Networking Connection.



Click Next. The Proxy Server dialog box appears.

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) require that you access the Internet through Proxy Servers.
If you are required to use Proxy Servers, check the Use Proxy box.
Enter your Proxy Server and Port.
Enter the Domains where you do not need to use the Proxy Server.
Check with your ISP Technical/Customer Support if you are not sure.



Click Next. The On-Line Registration dialog box appears.

You are now ready to start the On-Line Registration. Click Start.



MediaRing Talk will dial up to your Internet Service Provider and connect to the MediaRing Talk server to register. When the registration is done, a completion message appears. Click Finish to exit the Registration Wizard.

Chapter 4 Running Configuration Wizard

When you run MediaRing Talk for the first time after installation, the Configuration Wizard starts immediately after the Registration Wizard to help you configure MediaRing Talk for use. The Configuration Wizard ensures that you configure the essential settings needed to use MediaRing Talk. Non-essential settings are set to default. You can change all settings by clicking the Properties button (yellow button). You can also re-run the Configuration Wizard from the Menu button.

To run the Configuration Wizard:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.
Click the Start button, go to the MediaRing Talk 99 folder and click MediaRing Talk 99. MediaRing Talk starts.

Click the Menu button and click Configuration Wizard. The Start dialog box appears.
The Configuration Wizard will help you configure your modem, speakers and microphone.
Make sure you close all other programs that play or record sound before continuing. The Configuration Wizard must have full control of the sound card to work properly.



Click Next. The Modem dialog box appears.

Select your modem from the Select Modem list.
If you do not already have a modem installed and configured, click Add Modem to install your modem. You need a modem to send ring signals (knocking). Your modem must be physically connected to your computer and turned on for MediaRing Talk to work properly.
If you want to change your modem properties, click Properties.

If you are using a leased line, ISDN, cable modem, or AOL connections, without a modem, select No Modem. You will not be able to make or receive calls when you are not on the Internet nor will you be able to make a call to another party who is not on the Internet.



Click Next. The Test Speaker dialog box appears.

The Test Speaker dialog box shows the type of sound card (full-duplex or half-duplex) you have installed.
Click Test Speaker. You will hear an audio playback.
Drag the slider to adjust the volume to your comfort.



You must test and make sure your speakers are working properly before proceeding.
Click Next to proceed. The Test Microphone dialog box appears.

You must now test your microphone. Click Test Microphone. An information message appears.
Click OK.
Speak normally into the microphone.
You can read the text above the microphone slider if you do not know what to say.
The microphone slider adjusts to the volume of your voice.
Click Stop when you have finished reading the paragraph.
You can click Playback to hear the quality of your own voice.
If you are not satisfied, click Reset and redo the test.




After you have tested your microphone, click Next. The Finish dialog box appears. Click Finish to close the Configuration Wizard or Back to retrace the configuration steps and redo them.


Your installation of MediaRing Talk is now configured properly and ready for use.

Chapter 5 Setting Properties


The Configuration Wizard guides you through the essential settings. You can set the values for all settings through the MediaRing Talk Properties dialog box.

You can change the following settings for your MediaRing Talk:

General defines general settings

User defines user-specific settings and information

Connection defines Internet connection specific settings

Options defines Dial History, Call Log and Voice Message settings

Audio defines audio settings

ValueFone defines your ValueFone ID and PIN information

To change MediaRing Talk properties:

Click the Yellow Button in the middle of MediaRing Talk.

The Properties dialog box appears.

Click the tab of the section you want to change.

General

Click the General tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the General tab sheet, you can set answering and hang up options. You can also associate sounds to events and set upgrade check frequency.



Answering Options – When there is an incoming call
you can set the manner which you want to answer an incoming call.
You can answer the call manually where you need to click Answer or Reject in the screen prompt message when there is an incoming call.


You can also answer calls automatically. You will not be prompted to accept or reject incoming calls.

Hanging Up Options – When hanging up a call
You can set how you want to handle your ISP connection when you hang up a call.
You can be prompted to disconnect from your ISP or to remain connected.


You can also set not to disconnect from ISP after hanging up.

MediaRing Ready – Run when Windows starts
Check this box if you want to start MediaRing Talk every time Windows starts. In this way, you are ready to receive and make Internet phone calls as long as your PC is turned on.

Sound/Display
Click this button if you can associate sounds to events and/or set display options. The Sound/Display Options dialog box appears.



Check an event that you want to associate a sound to and select a sound file from the Sound file list.



Click Defaults if you want to revert to default sound associations.

Check the Display Options – Start minimized box if you want MediaRing Talk to start and remain minimized. This will free up your computer screen and still be ready to receive Internet calls.

Check the Display Options – Remember window location box if you want MediaRing Talk to appear at the same location every time it starts.

Upgrade
Click this button if you want to change your automatic upgrade check setting or check for upgrade now.
The Upgrade Checking dialog box appears.



Select an upgrade check frequency.

You can also click Check Now to check for an upgrade now. The MediaRing Talk Upgrade Agent appears.



The Upgrade Agent will guide you through the steps to check for, and download, the latest version of MediaRing Talk.

User

Click the User tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the User tab sheet, you can set the telephone number registered with your MediaRing Talk. You can also see the Product ID that identifies your copy of MediaRing Talk.

MediaRing Ready Number
Click Change to update the telephone number of the telephone line connected to the modem on your PC where you are running MediaRing Talk.
The Change MediaRing Number dialog box appears.




Update the Country and Area Codes (if any), and Phone number.
If you have registered more than one number, you can use this dialog box to toggle between them. If you want to register a new second telephone number or change any of the registered telephone numbers, you must run the Registration Wizard.

MediaRing Talk Account
If you have changed your email address, you must inform MediaRing Technical Support. Your email address is used to identify you as a MediaRing Talk user.

Connection

Click the Connection tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the Connection tab sheet, you can select your modem and set its properties, change your connection settings to your ISP and proxy settings.

Select Modem for Knocking – Modem
Select the modem connected to the telephone line that you use to make Internet phone calls.
If you are using a leased line, ISDN, cable modem or AOL connections, without a modem, select No Modem. You will not be able to make or receive calls when you are not on the Internet nor will you be able to make a call to another party who is not on the Internet.

Select Modem for Knocking - Dialing Properties
Click this button if you want to set the dialing properties for your modem. The Dialing Properties dialog box appears.



Enter your dialing location information. If you are setting up the dialing properties for the first time, click New and enter a name for your dialing location.

Important You must have a direct telephone line that can make long distance calls. If you access the Internet through a PBX or keyphone system, you need to set the access code for obtaining an outside line in the Dialing Properties dialog box. If you have set the access code in the Windows Dial-Up Networking Properties dialog box, do not set the access code here.
However, you will not be able to receive calls while logged off the Internet. MediaRing Talk requires a direct telephone line to receive calls while logged off the Internet.

Select Modem for Knocking – Modem Properties
Click this button if you want to set the properties for your modem. The Modem Properties dialog box appears showing the General tab.

The properties in this dialog box should have been set when you installed the modem to your personal computer. However, you can still change any of the properties here.

Click the Connection tab if you want to define the connection settings for your modem. The Connection tab sheet appears.



In the Connection tab sheet, you can define the number of data bits in a frame, set parity checking, and define the number of stop bits. You can also set dialing to start after confirming a dial tone. You usually do not need to change any of the settings in the Connection tab sheet.

Click the Port Settings button if you want to view or change the port settings for your modem. The Advanced Port Settings dialog box appears.



In the Advanced Port Settings dialog box, you can select to use
FIFO (First In First Out) buffers and adjust the level for the Receive and Transmit buffers. You usually do not need to change any of the settings in the Advanced Port Settings dialog box.

Click the Advanced button on the Modem Properties dialog box if you want to view or change the advanced connection settings for your modem. The Advanced Connection Settings dialog box appears.



In the Advanced Connection Settings dialog box, you can set flow control on and select between hardware and software flow control. You usually do not need to change any settings in the Advanced Connection Settings dialog box.




Click the Options tab in the Modem Properties dialog box if you want to view or change connection and control settings for your modem. The Options tab sheet appears.



In the Options tab sheet, you can set to bring up the terminal window before or after dialing. The terminal window contains controls for the modem. You can also select between making operator assisted calls or manually dialing non-local calls.

Connection to Internet – Connection
Select the Internet Connection you want MediaRing Talk to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You need to select at least one Internet Connection.
If you connect to the Internet through a leased line or cable modem, select Leased Line/Cable Modem.
If you connect to the Internet through America Online (AOL), select America Online (AOL).
If you connect to the Internet through an ISDN modem, select ISDN Connection.
If you connect to the Internet through a modem, select the Dial Up Networking Connection that you are using.

Important note: MediaRing Talk does not support XDSL modems (for example, ADSL modems.)

Connection to Internet – User name
Enter the User name that you use to connect to your ISP.

Connection to Internet – Password
Enter the Password that you use to connect to your ISP.

Connection to Internet – Proxy Settings
Some ISPs require that you access the Internet through a proxy server. Click this button to change proxy settings.



If you are not required to connect to the Internet through a proxy server, you must not enter any proxy settings.

Connection to Internet – Properties
Click this button to change Dial Up Networking settings for your Dial Up Networking Connection. See Windows Help for more information.

Options

Click the Options tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the Options tab sheet, you can change Dial History, Call Log and Voice Message settings.

Dial History – Clear History
The Dial History contains a list of the last 20 numbers dialed. You can click this button to clear the Dial History.

Call Log Options – Number of days to keep entries
The Call Log records information about outgoing and incoming calls. You can set the number of days after which the expired entries are deleted from the Call Log. The first Call Log records that exceed the number of days are deleted.

Voice Message Options – Number of days to keep messages
Voice messages that you received are kept on your hard disk and thus they occupy disk space. You can set the number of days after which the expired messages are deleted. The first voice messages that exceed the number of days set are deleted.

Voice Message Options – Check for message every
Set the number of elapsed minutes that MediaRing Talk will check for voice messages. You can only retrieve voice messages when you are logged on to the Internet.

Audio

Click the Audio tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the Audio tab sheet, you can set Automatic Echo Cancellation and Half-Duplex operations.

Automatically set sound card properties
Check this box if you want to set your sound card properties automatically.

Use echo cancellation (AEC)
Check this box if you want to enable echo cancellation.
AEC – Automatic Echo Cancellation, is a technology to minimize the echo effect of the received audio.
Uncheck this box if the quality of the received audio signal is poor.

Force half duplex operation
Check this box to force MediaRing Talk to work in half duplex mode. This option is only available if you have a full duplex card. MediaRing Talk automatically detects the duplex mode of your sound card as well as the other party’s sound card and switches to half duplex mode if any one party is using a half duplex sound card.

Use DirectSound
If you have DirectX installed on your computer and MediaRing Talk is able to access it, you can check this box to take full advantage of DirectSound capability. DirectSound optimizes the sound quality from your sound card.
This option is grayed out if you do not have DirectX installed or MediaRing Talk is not able to access DirectX.

ValueFone

Click the ValueFone tab if the Properties dialog box is showing another tab sheet. In the ValueFone tab sheet, you can type in your ValueFone ID and PIN. You can select to remember your password so that you don’t have to enter it every time you make a ValueFone call.


Chapter 6 Starting and Closing MediaRing Talk

You can start MediaRing Talk automatically when Windows starts, start it from the Start button, close it, minimize it and set it to Do-Not-Disturb mode.

You can start MediaRing Talk from the Start button, Programs folder:

Click the Start button and go to Programs.

Go to MediaRing Talk 99 and then click MediaRing Talk 99.
MediaRing Talk appears.

A handset icon also appears in the system tray at the right hand corner of the task bar.

From MediaRing Talk, you can surf to MediaRing’s web site by clicking the words “MediaRing Talk”.

If you are connected in Half-Duplex mode, the Press-to-Talk window appears. You can override the other party by holding down the Press-to-Talk button and speaking into the microphone.

You can close MediaRing Talk any time:

Click the cross (x) at the top right hand corner of MediaRing Talk.
A confirmation dialog box appears.

Select Close MediaRing Talk and click OK. MediaRing Talk closes.

You can minimize MediaRing Talk by clicking the cross (x), selecting Minimize MediaRing Talk in the confirmation box and clicking OK. Alternatively, you can minimize MediaRing Talk by clicking the '_' button at the top right corner of the MediaRing Talk window.

Currently, the Set Do-Not-Disturb mode is not operational.

Chapter 7 Making an Internet Phone Call

You can make an Internet phone call when you are logged off the Internet. MediaRing Talk will make the connection for you.

You can also make an Internet phone call while you are logged on to the Internet if the party you want to call is also logged on to the Internet.

Making a call while logged off the Internet

To make a call while logged off the Internet:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.

Enter the telephone number of the party you want to call. You can also click the Down Arrow and select a telephone number from the Call History or use the Phone Book to select an entry.
If you call from the Call History or use the Phone Book, you can just click the Dial icon (handset icon) or double-click on the entry.
If you have made a mistake, or want to start over click the Clear/Hang up button (C).

If you are making an international call, enter the Country code. You can also enter the name of the country; MediaRing Talk will automatically match the Country code for you.

If you are making an international call or long distance call, enter the Area code.

Click the Dial button (handset). A sequence of events occurs to complete the call. These events are collectively called Knocking and they involve ringing the called party’s telephone several times in a row as a signal that there is a MediaRing Talk call coming in. If the called party is already logged onto the Internet, knocking is skipped and the call is connected straightaway. The call status appears as a series of messages in the MediaRing Talk screen.

Call Status Message

Description

Knocking user

Dialing remote user to signal PC to log on to the Internet.

Connecting to ISP

Starting the process to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Dialing ISP

Dialing in to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Authenticating with ISP

Authenticating your user account and password with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

ISP authentication success

Successfully authenticated your user account and password with your ISP.

Contacting server

Trying to contact the MediaRing Talk server.

Finding user

Searching the MediaRing Talk server for the party you are calling.

Contacting user

Making the connection to the party you are calling.

Contacted user

Found the party you are calling.

Negotiating

Attempting to set up an Internet connection between you and the party you are calling.

Connected with

Your Internet phone call is connected. You may now begin your conversation.

When you are connected, the Silence Threshold indicator appears as a horizontal bar in the MediaRing Talk screen. The Silence Threshold is automatically adjusted according to the level background noise. You can override the automatic Silence Detection by dragging on the Down Arrow; the automatic Silence Detection is now turned off. Automatic Silence Detection is restored when you make a subsequent call.

You may speak into the microphone when the microphone icon appears. This is very important especially when you are connected in Half-Duplex mode as your voice is not sent when the microphone icon is not displayed.

If you are connected in Half-Duplex mode, the Press-to-Talk button appears. You can override the other party by holding down the Press-to-Talk button and speaking into the microphone.

To end the Internet phone call, click the Clear/Hangup button (C).

If the party you are calling does not have MediaRing Talk installed, you will be prompted to invite this party to download MediaRing Talk. If you click OK to invite, your default Internet Browser will launch with the Invitation web page. Just enter the called party’s name and email address, and MediaRing will send an invitation email to him. You can even include a personal message.

Making a call while logged on the Internet

Making a call while logged on the Internet is very similar to making a call while logged off the Internet. However, there are a few differences and these are highlighted here.

To make a call while logged on the Internet:

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.

Enter the telephone number of the party you want to call. You can also call from the Dial History or the Phone Book.

Enter the Country code or the name of the country for international calls.

Enter the Area code for long distance calls.

Click the Dial button (handset).
If the party you are calling is logged on the Internet, your call will be connected straightaway.
Otherwise, you will be asked if you want to disconnect from Internet to Knock the called party; you must Knock for your call to be connected. If you choose not to disconnect from Internet, your call is not connected and you can continue surfing the Internet or attempt to make a call to another party.

If you choose to disconnect from Internet to Knock the called party, the rest of the process is the same as for making a call while logged off the Internet.

Inviting the party you are calling

If the party you are calling does not have MediaRing Talk installed, you will be prompted to invite this party to download MediaRing Talk. If you click OK to invite, your default Internet Browser will launch and bring you to the Invitation webpage. Just enter the called party’s name and email address, and MediaRing will send an invitation email to him or her. You can even include a personalized message.

Chapter 8 Making a PC to Phone Call

Making a PC to Phone call with the ValueFone service is similar to making a call with the PC to PC feature. There are a few differences and these are highlighted here.

With the PC to Phone option you can call from MediaRing Talk to any type of phone, except an extension line, intercom or pager.

To make a PC to Phone call:

Sign up for the ValueFone service.

Start MediaRing Talk, if it is not already started.

Select PC to Phone on the LCD screen or in the drop-down menu that appears after you have chosen a name from the phonebook.

Enter the Telephone Number of the party you want to call. You can also call from the Dial History or the Phone Book.

The type of call selected in the phone book overrides the type selected on the LCD screen.

Enter the Country code or the name of the country for international calls.

Enter the Area code for international or long distance calls.

Click the Dial button (handset).

If you have not yet entered your ValueFone ID and PIN in the Properties, ValueFone tab you will be prompted to enter your ValueFone ID and PIN. Check the Save Password box if you do not want to be prompted every time you make a PC to Phone call.

The balance amount for your ValueFone account will display on the LCD screen. This amount is refreshed before your next PC to Phone call get connected. A balance warning will appear 40 seconds before your account runs out of credit. You will be prompted to recharge your account. If you click on Top-up, your default browser will launch and take you to the ValueFone page so that you can recharge your account.

Recharging does not occur immediately. The recharge must be processed before your account can reflect the change. If you are topping up during a call and you have been warned that your account balance is low, you will be disconnected when you balance reaches zero.

To end the call, click the Hangup button (handset) to disconnect.

If the party that you are calling does not answer, click the Hangup button (handset) to disconnect.

Chapter 9  Receiving an Internet Phone Call

As long as your PC is turned on, MediaRing Talk is running in the background, and the telephone line connected to your modem is not engaged in a telephone call, you can receive Internet phone calls.

If you are surfing the Internet when an Internet phone call comes in, MediaRing Talk will prompt you to accept or reject the call. If you accept, the call is connected straightaway and you can start your conversation.

If you are logged off the Internet when an Internet Phone call comes in, you can hear two or three rings (Knocking) followed by a sequence of messages in the MediaRing Talk screen.

Call Status Message

Description

Incoming Knock

Request for connection is detected. This is accompanied by a ringing tone.

Dialing ISP

Dialing in to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Authenticating with ISP

Authenticating your user account and password with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

ISP authentication success

Successfully authenticated your user account and password with your ISP.

Contacting server

Contacting the MediaRing Talk server.

Waiting for call

Waiting for the calling party to log on to the Internet and register with the MediaRing Talk server.

Contacted user

Found the party calling you.

Negotiating

Attempting to set up an Internet connection between you and the party calling you.

Connected with

Your Internet phone call is connected. You may begin your conversation now.

When the call is established, the MediaRing Talk screen shows the caller’s particulars. Click Answer to accept the call or Reject to reject the call (if you have set Answering Options to Answer Automatically, the incoming call is connected automatically).

Throughout the duration of the call, you can monitor the performance of the connection. Click the Network Delay button on MediaRing Talk. The Network Delay window appears, showing the minimum, maximum and current delay times in color coded bars; Green indicates good performance, Yellow indicates moderate quality, and Red indicates poor connection with high delay times. MediaRing Talk may need to terminate your call if the Internet traffic congestion is unbearably high over a sustained period.

To terminate the call, click the Cancel/Hang up button (C) on MediaRing Talk.

Chapter 10  During an Internet Phone Call

While you are engaged in an Internet phone conversation, you can do any or all of the following:

Receive second call notification

Adjust microphone and speaker volume

Monitor Internet traffic congestion

Use the Chat Box



Receiving Second Call Notification

If an Internet phone call comes in while you are engaged in a conversation, a prompt message appears in the MediaRing Talk screen asking you to Reject the call. You can return the call after you have finished your current conversation. The calling party can also leave a voice message for you.

Adjusting Microphone and Speaker Volume

You can adjust the microphone and speaker volumes at any time.

Monitoring Internet Traffic Congestion

Throughout the duration of the call, you can monitor the performance of the connection.



The Network Delay window appears, showing the minimum, maximum and current delay times in color coded bars; Green indicates good performance, Yellow indicates moderate quality, and Red indicates poor connection with high delay times.
You can also see the percentage of packet loss. The Internet carries information in the form of packets. So, a lower percentage of packet loss means a lower loss of information, in this case, voice, which translates to a better voice quality. At high percentage losses, you would encounter choppy voice quality. In such cases, you may want to disconnect and try again later. MediaRing Talk may also terminate your call if the Internet traffic congestion is unbearably high over a sustained period of time.

Chapter 11 Sending and Receiving Voice Messages

MediaRing Talk allows you to send voice messages to other MediaRing Talk users under any of the following circumstances:

Anytime, even when you are not connected to the Internet

When the person you are calling is engaged in a conversation or you are unable to connect

When your call is ended prematurely, for example, due to heavy network congestion

When you do not want to disturb the person you want to contact, say, because of different time zones.

When the person you are calling is not a registered MediaRing Talk user.

You can receive and send voice messages of up to 15 minutes each.

Sending a Voice Message

To send a voice message to a MediaRing Talk user:

Click the Voice Messages button on MediaRing Talk.


The Voice Message window appears.

Click the Record button. The Record Voice Message dialog box appears.


Enter the telephone number (include the country code, and area code where applicable) of the party you want to send the message to.

Click the Record button and record your message. You are allowed a maximum of 15 minutes per message.

Click the Stop button to end your message.

You can replay your message by clicking the Play button.

You can also re-record your message by clicking the Record button.

When you are ready to send the message, click the Send button. If you are already connected to the Internet, your message is sent right away. Otherwise, MediaRing Talk will connect to the Internet to send your message.

Click Close (x) when you are done.

Sending a VoizMail

To send a VoizMail to any e-mail address:

Click the Voice Messages button on MediaRing Talk.


The Voice Message window appears.

Click the Record button. The Record Voice Message dialog box appears.



Select to send Voice Message by using E-mail Address.

Enter the e-mail address of the party you want to send the message to.

Click the Record button and record your message. You are allowed a maximum of 15 minutes per message.

Click the Stop button to end your message.

You can replay your message by clicking the Play button.

You can also re-record your message by clicking the Record button.

When you are ready to send the message, click the Send button. If you are already connected to the Internet, your message is sent right away. Otherwise, MediaRing Talk will connect to the Internet to send your message.

Click Close (x) when you are done.

Note: The recipient will receive an e-mail notification with the URL address of the personalized VoizMail.

Receiving Voice Messages

MediaRing Talk can check your voice message box for messages at regular intervals or you can retrieve them manually.

To retrieve your voice messages manually:

Click the Voice Messages button on MediaRing Talk. The Voice Message window appears.

Click the Download button to download any new messages in your voice message box. Unread messages are marked with an Envelope symbol.

You can select a message you want to hear and click the Play button or double-click on it.

You can delete a message by selecting it and clicking the Delete button.

You can delete all messages by clicking the Delete All button.

You can also sort messages by Sender, Telephone number or Date/Time by clicking the appropriate buttons.

Chapter 12  Using the Phone Book

The Phone Book feature allows you to store telephone numbers for easy reference. You can add, delete groups and items (telephone number entries) and specify advanced settings for individual numbers (only in special cases).

To open the Phone Book, click the Phone Book button on MediaRing Talk.

The MediaRing Phonebook window appears.

Creating an Item (telephone entry)

To create an Item:

Click the New button. Alternatively, you can click the Phonebook menu and select New, Item. The New Item dialog box appears.

Enter the name of the person.

Enter the Country and Area codes.

Enter the Phone number.

Enter the E-mail Address

Select the type of call: PC to PC, PC to Phone, or Ask when I Dial.

Select an icon from the picture list and click OK. The Item is created.

Editing an Item

To edit an item, select the group and then the item that you want to edit and click the Edit button. Alternatively, you can select the group and then the item that you want to edit. Click the Edit menu and select Item Properties. The Item Properties dialog box appears.

You can now edit the name, icon, telephone number/email address, and type of call, then click OK.

Deleting an Item

To delete an item, select the group and then the item that you want to delete and click the Delete button.

Alternatively, you can select the group and then the item that you want to delete. Click the Edit menu and select Delete Item.

Creating a Group

To create a Group:

Click the Phonebook menu and select New, Group. The New Group dialog box appears.

Enter the name of the group and click OK. The new group is created. You can now add items to this group.

Editing a Group’s Properties

To edit a group’s properties, select the group. Click the Edit menu, Group Properties. The Group Properties dialog box appears.

You can now edit the name of the group and click OK.

Deleting a Group

To delete a group, select the group that you want to delete. Click the Edit menu and select Delete Group.

Making a Call from the Phonebook

Select the group and then the item that you want to call. Click the Dial button. Alternatively, you can click the Phonebook menu and then select Dial or simply double-click on the item. You will be prompted to select the type of call (PC to PC or PC to Phone). The Internet phone call is set up for you.

Advanced Settings (Knocking parameters)

If you persistently encounter difficulties in Knocking (signalling) a particular MediaRing Talk user, you can change the Knocking parameters (that determine the way MediaRing Talk on your PC signals to the MediaRing Talk on the receiver’s PC).

Select the group and then the item that you want to edit the Advanced Settings.

Click the Edit Item button. The Properties dialog box appears.

Check the Use Advanced Settings box and enter your own parameters:

No of calls
Enter the difference in the number of calls to be made to initiate the remote PC. This must be set to at least two calls. For example, if you enter 1, then the number of calls made will be incremented by 1. If the default was 2 calls, then the new setting would be 3 calls.

Time to first ring
Enter the difference in the maximum time interval (in seconds) allowed between dialing the last digit in the telephone number and the start of the first ring at the called party. You can determine this by doing an actual measurement with a stopwatch. It is recommended that you use a slightly longer interval than the previous attempt. For example, if you enter 1, then the maximum time interval is incremented by 1 second.

Call interval
Enter the difference in the maximum time interval (in seconds) allowed between the calls. This is to allow time for the modem to reset itself. The default setting is 8 seconds. It is recommended that you do not change this setting unless you get a busy tone after the number of seconds has elapsed. For example, if you enter 1, then the maximum time interval is incremented by 1 second.

Chapter 13 Using the Call Log

The Call Log allows you to view a record of all calls made to and from your PC. The Call Log also includes calls that were rejected and calls that failed to be connected.

To view the Call Log:

Click the Call Log button on MediaRing Talk.



The Call Log window appears.



You can select a record and add it to the Phonebook by clicking the Add to Phonebook button.

You can return a call by selecting its record and clicking the Dial button.

You can select a record and delete it by clicking the Delete button.

You can sort the records by Date, Status, Name/Number, and Duration by clicking on the appropriate button.

You can save the contents of the log file to a text file by clicking the Save As button. A Save As dialog box appears. Enter the name of the text file and click Save.

Chapter 14 Using the Chat Box

When you are connected on an Internet call, you can use the Chat Box to send a text message to the person you are speaking with. You can use the Chat Box to send important information such as identification numbers, addresses and names.

To start the Chat Box:

Click the Chat Box button on MediaRing Talk.


The Chat Box window appears.

Type your message in the lower window and press Return or Enter. You can also click the Send button. Your message appears in blue in the upper window.

When you receive messages from the person you are connected to, the message appears in red in the upper window.

You can also save your messages into a file. Click the Save button. A Save As dialog box appears. Enter the name of the file, select the file format and click Save. You can save the file in one of the following formats; text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf) and document (.doc).

Click the Clear button to clear the contents of the upper window.

Appendix  Installing Dial-Up Networking

You need Windows 95 Dial-Up Networking to use MediaRing Talk. If you did not install Dial-Up Networking when you installed Windows 95 on your computer, follow the instructions below to install Dial-Up Networking. You must have your Windows 95 CD‑ROM available.

Insert the Windows 95 CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.

Click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel menu. The Control Panel folder appears.

Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon. The Add/Remove Programs dialog box appears.

Click the Windows Setup tab. The Windows Setup tab sheet appears.

Click the box for Communications to select it and click Details. The Communications dialog box appears.

Click the box for Dial-Up Networking to select it and click OK. Windows 95 will now install Dial-Up Networking on your computer.

Restart your computer after Dial-Up Networking is installed.

Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop to open it. The Dial-Up Networking icon appears in the My Computer folder.

Double-click the Dial-Up Networking icon. The Dial-Up Networking Welcome message appears.

Click Next. The Make New Connection dialog box appears.

Enter the name of your connection. You can enter any name you want; this name identifies the settings for this connection.

Select the modem you have connected to your computer. Click Configure if you need to configure your modem.

Click Next.

Select your country from the Country Code list.

Click the Telephone Number field and enter the telephone number you call to dial in to your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Select the Area Code field and enter the area code if applicable.
Select the country code of your ISP in the Country Code field.

Click Next. The new connection is added. Click Finish.



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