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Linksys PAP2 Dial Plan Basics (Page 3)

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(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>S0|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • 011[2-9]x.: This part of the dial plan allows for international calls. Let's break it down a little further.
  • 011: The international dialing prefix for North America

    [2-9]: Any single number from 2 to 9 inclusive (i.e., a 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or a 9). In this case, the first digit in the country code we're calling

    x: Any single digit from 0-9 inclusive

    .: the Period at the end of the above sequence represents that the preceding digit can be repeated one or more times. In the above example, the preceding digit is an 'x' representing any single number from 0-9 inclusive. Therefore, by placing a period '.' after the 'x', the dial plan is allowing for any number to be processed one or more times.

So as an example, dialing 01161292251919 would satisfy the dial plan since it allows for '011' followed by any single digit between 2 and 9 inclusive (in this case, a '6'), followed by any combination of numbers 'x.'. Note: Even though the plan allows for an unlimited number of digits to be dialed given the period after the 'x', your VoIP service provider is expecting you to dial a certain number of digits maximum and may not know hot to handle your call if you keep pressing numbers beyond what they're expecting.

(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>S0|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • |:As stated previously, the '|' in a dial plan merely separates each component of that dial plan.
(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>S0|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • 1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx: This part of the dial plan allows for the dialing of North American long distance numbers. Here's a breakdown again:

    1: The long distance prefix in North America

    [2-9]: Any single number between 2 & 9 inclusive. In this part of the dial plan, this digit represents the first number in the area code of the number we're calling

    xx: any two numbers (0-9 inclusive)

    [2-9]: Any single number between 2 & 9 inclusive. In this part of the dial plan, this digit represents the first number in the phone number (immediately after the 3 digit area code).

    xxxxxx: Any 6 number combination. These represent the last 6 digits in the phone number we're calling.

(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>S0|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • |:As stated previously, the '|' in a dial plan merely separates each component of that dial plan.
(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>SO|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • 1900xxxxxxx!: This last part of the dial plan is one that blocks access to certain numbers (The '!' denotes 'block access' to the preceding sequence of dialed numbers). So in this case, 1900 followed by any 7 digit numerical sequence is not allowed to be dialed using my PAP2 and is hence, blocked.
(<:1780>[2-4]xxxxxxS0|*xx|<911:17804213333>S0|011[2-9]x.|1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx|1900xxxxxxx!)
  • ): The close bracket ')' denotes the end of the dial plan and must be used at the end of your string.

What if I dial a number not allowed for in the Dial Plan?

If you happen to punch a sequence of numbers and/or characters not allowed for in your dial plan, you'll most likely hear a fast busy signal in your telephone handset.

How about calls to Directory Assistance, repair and the like (e.g., 411)?

No problem! Just add the following into your dial plan somewhere:

|<411:17805551212>|

Where 17805551212 represents directory assistance for my area code. Simply substitute the 780 (my area code) section with your own area code. Remember? If you dial 411 in the above example, your PAP2 will interpret that in the dial plan and transparently dial 17805551212 for you.

Summary

So there it is! I hope this has given you a basic understanding about how to compose a dial plan for your PAP2 VoIP adapter. If you're having problems or would like to create more complex dial plans, here are a couple of great resources on the subject:

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