[TriLUG] Options for replacing Panasonic PBX with Asterisk
jim at neuse.net
Mon Apr 3 12:46:30 EDT 2006
dude...slap in one of my TalkSwitch units, and you're in business.
holler at me offline if you want the skinny. it does VoIP and POTS.
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Rick DeNatale 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
>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
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