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KuroiShi

Loops, Conferences, and Voice Bridges

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A loop in the old skool sense is two numbers, a low and a high, looped together. When you call the low you hear a milliwatt tone and when you call the high you hear silence. When both numbers are called you can talk to eachother. Loops never used to supervise so it was a free call. The reason that the SoCal is called a "loop" is because there is a high and a low. If no one is on and you call the low, yo'll hear a milliwatt. Usually, loops only allowed two people on, but the SoCal is multiuser, technically making it a bridge. My definitions are a loop has a high and low, one side being a milliwatt, a bridge is one number with multiuser capabilities, and a conference is where you have commands, such as mute, unmute, finding out how many people are on, etc. Although, a more classic defenition is that if there are multi-user capabilities, it is a bridge. A conference is technically when a bunch of people are talking on a bridge. This is too confusing...they are all bridges. :P:wacko:

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I almost forgot...I know of an actual loop (2 numbers, high and low, only two people can call) where if you call the low you hear a milliwatt. If someone calls the high when there is someone on the low end, they also hear a milliwatt, then they are both looped together. But if you call the high, and there is no one on the low end, you get a fast busy (reorder, whatever). Most classic loops had a toned side and a silent side. There are still many of thee loop around but 99% are filtered, meaning you cannot pas your voice through them.

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Which means that the muted loops are useless, pretty much.

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