I HAVE A DREAM Alexa Endpoint

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I have a client that wants to have a few speakers for VoIP paging, and they are frickin more expensive (multiple times) that buying a speakerphone and leaving it hanging on a wall or desk that can be used. Looking at my desk, I see my Alexa, and I like its speaker, and its got WIFI and I assume some SIP in it.

Has anyone heard of or have any idea how to turn an Alexa Dot into an endpoint with auto-answer, so that when a page is done, that the Alexa can be one of the endpoints listed and act accordingly? $49 (on sale $29) certainly beats paying over $300 for a SIP speaker.
 
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You pretty much pay because you don't want to deal with alternatives. Me? I would get a cheap ip phone with speaker and hook it to my office amp. I did it for a while with a softphone with auto-answer, tough of adding it to a raspberry speaker output.

Now that I think about it... the RPi should use the audio output as a paging speaker... Ward, I will be bothering you really soon.
 

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I might use a PI zeroW with ekiga (or any other voip client) set to autoanswer, double side taped to the back of bluetooth speakers with a microphone and a 3.5 mm input are perhaps $35 each on ebay Oontz ? Perhaps $50 each and very loud.
 
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I might use a PI zeroW with ekiga (or any other voip client) set to autoanswer, double side taped to the back of bluetooth speakers with a microphone and a 3.5 mm input are perhaps $35 each on ebay Oontz ? Perhaps $50 each and very loud.
I have an oontz angle 3, It has plenty of power for a speaker phone. Keep in mind that you will need the speaker, a rpi zw, sd card, a good power supply... at this point a real phone sounds like a better option, even a cheap android device should be able to handle it.
 

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So I actually tried it, with a pi zerow, linphone-nogtk, and bluez it works very well, there is room enough inside a oontz, and if you are not scared of multimeters, screwdivers and a soldering iron it works perfectly with pjsip on your system with two of them i believe it will scale well to more.
 
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@dicko, I just bought the exact pieces from Amazon you recommended. Never used a Pi, which OS / setup do you recommend for it and which softphone would you use to make this new sip bluetooth pi speaker setup work.
 

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Start with NOOBS, choose OSMC, it makes it easy to setup the bluetooth , I suggest linphonec/linephonecsh for the softphone, because it's easily scriptable and you really don't want a GUI running on Pi Zero ;-) the tricky bit is getting the linephonerc right, i would do the whole linephonec bit on a desktop, start with the gui then make sure linephonec/linphonecsh are working properly then copy that linphonerc to the pi.
 

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Well apart from the sed 's/flagpak/flatpak/' i'm not sure I understand it's use here,

apt-get install linphone-*

should get you there.

My eyes are old and my soldering iron is big, so if you ever find +5v after the on/off switch on the motherboard, send me a photo.
 
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