[TriLUG] Options for replacing Panasonic PBX with Asterisk
cristobalpalmer at gmail.com
Mon Apr 3 10:20:58 EDT 2006
Also, you only need a bunch of FXS cards if you're connecting a bunch
of POTS handsets directly to the PBX. You could switch to any number
of VoIP providers so that inbound calls are over a cable modem, so now
your home phone wiring is left for you to play with--it's just a bus
topology. And remember that with most of these VoIP providers, they
toss in the cable modem and/or a little linksys adapter with the plan.
On 4/3/06, Cristobal Palmer <cristobalpalmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> You can get one analog interface card from digium that has four ports:
> The kit I link to above is $241 and includes the card, an FXS module
> and an FXO module (among other things). Additional FXO cards would run
> you $85 each. What were you referring to that runs $100 each?
> You could use the card in a PC you already have or build a low-end PC
> from spare parts or new parts for < $300.
> Why do you have to lose the intercom? What kind of wiring is that on?
> Good luck with your new system, whatever you go with.
> On 4/3/06, Rick DeNatale <rick.denatale at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I woke up this morning to my wife telling me that our phone system
> > seems to be dead.
> > We've got a Panasonic TA-624 system at the house. It seems to have
> > reacted badly to last night's storm. It did this once before, and I
> > had to reset it and reprogram it. This time, it doesn't even seem to
> > want to power up. It's strange because it's well protected both with
> > a whole house surge protector on the meter, and with a phone line
> > protector. Nothing else in the house seems to have been affected,
> > including a wireless phone which is in parallel with the Panasonic
> > system behind the same phone line surge suppressor. That seems like
> > it would make it hard to pursue as an insurance issue, either with the
> > homeowners policy, or with the insurance provided by Wake Electric
> > with the whole house protection.
> > So I'm faced with fixing this system, or replacing it with an asterisk box.
> > Of course my preference would be asterisk, new toy, more
> > programmability, configuration backup, etc. etc. The main concern is
> > cost. Right now, the Panasonic system has capability for 4 (or it
> > might be 8) incoming PSTN lines, although I'm only using 1 at the
> > moment, and 16 internal lines, of which we are using 12 if I'm
> > counting correctly. We've also got 8 proprietary Panasonic phones,
> > which would be useless in an Asterisk system. Of course basic phones
> > these days are pretty cheap. We'd be losing some of the function
> > though like intercom and station buttons and indicators, which is
> > somewhat troublesome.
> > But that seems to be adding up to quite a few FXS cards, and a lot of
> > money. Some of these extensions might be paired to save the need for
> > quite so many ports, but...
> > Unfortunately, the budget is going to be pretty slim for this. Are
> > there reasonable alternatives? I've also looked at things like the
> > Digium IAXy which would be nice from a wiring point of view (all of
> > our internal phone lines are Cat-5 running back to a pair of Home
> > Director structured wiring boxes). But $100 a pop, is too painful to
> > consider.
> > Any thoughts?
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