[TriLUG] Asterisk Phones
edwin at wiredbytes.com
Fri Dec 14 11:50:17 EST 2007
First you'll need an Asterisk server. If you do not want to go through the
pain of building your own take a look at the trixbox offerings (
The difficult part is probably figuring out how you want to leverage the
benefits of VoIP. I assume your 12 station office has phone service today.
If so, how is that being done. Is there a T-1 plugged into a PBX and than
provides extensions or DIDs to the 12 stations.
The simplest (not cheapest) way may be to get a T-1 circuit, order a trixbox
Appliance w/ Single Span T1 ($1800), get a good switch, and plug 12 IP
Phones into it.
I would recommend a professional installation if you want to keep your job.
I've saw a top IT manager fired once for spending a million dollars on a
phone system (Cisco) that had too many issues.The company replaced the IT
manager and the phone system.
Edwin Castillo * AIM: MaxWave3 * MSN/Live Messenger: edwincastillo at live.com
On 12/14/07, Brian Phelps <brphelps at ieee.org> wrote:
> I am currently considering asterisk for my small company (approximately 12
> extensions). We currently have 4 analog phone lines and an old analog
> Panasonic PBX that the hard disk died in. My question is if I create a
> asterisk system, where can I get some inexpensive IP Phones from that will
> work with asterisk. I know little about asterisk and phone systems in
> general, my background is really in DSP and embedded systems and I have
> avoided learning about phone systems so far.
> If someone here does it professionally then let me know, as I really would
> rather put my efforts into the business rather than creating an asterisk
> based system from scratch. The current person who does our phone system
> not really competent, obnoxious, and over-charges.
> But my main question is where can I get cheap IP phones for my office?
> Brian Phelps
> System Design Engineer
> Custom Light and Sound
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