Voice over IP Goodness

My dedicated Asterisk voice-over-IP PBX server arrived yesterday; it’s an old Dell Optiplex GX100 (small form factor case), 500Mhz/128M/6G with 10/100 Ethernet, CD-ROM, and two PCI slots. I put my clone X101P PCI FXO card in one of the slots, added 128M of PC100 RAM that I had lying around, and the machine is done! I’ve installed Asterisk@Home, and will be setting up and testing things at home over the next few days before I do the final switchover and plug the box into our POTS line from SBC. I’ll probably do the switchover this weekend; we have lots of other stuff around the house that needs to be done first.

I’ve currently got one Grandstream BT101 native IP phone and two Cisco ATA-188 analog (“normal phone”) adapters. I’ll put the BT101 on my desk, an ATA-188 on Amy’s desk (so she can use the same phone she’s had for a couple of years), and put the second ATA in either the kitchen/den area or the bedroom. This only leaves me needing one more IP phone or ATA unless I decide to not use a softphone in the music room.

2 thoughts on “Voice over IP Goodness

  1. One gets an account with a VoIP provider (Packet8, Vonage, Pulver, etc), and sets up a SIP or IAX trunk in software so that all incoming/outgoing calls go out/in through that trunk…

    My setup is more of a private one-line PBX than anything else; the only “voice over IP” I’m doing is between the phones in the house and the Asterisk box itself, everything else goes in/out over the normal POTS line.

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