[Techtalk] Asterisk PBX hardware

Mike cj at 4x4specialty.com
Sat Jul 30 16:44:51 EST 2005

I have a suggestion to look into. It is a complete sips box and it is run
on linux. It is all in one and all you need. We are just starting to deal
with these and they seem to be good. It is called Ipeya
  I am not affiliated with the company other than I use there product. I
have looked at Asterisk but there are a lot of different components that
need to rely on each other and when it is all said in done it is
  I haven't done much more than look into Asterisk so I can't tell you if
ipeya is better or not. Just a suggestion to look into.


> Hi, Carla,
> Sorry to be writing this from OE, but my Linux boxes are really screwed
> up  right now ...
> A client wants to get a PBX and I told them about Asterisk. I suggested
> hiring a company to put it in, but when they looked at the estimate they
>  asked if I could try installing it first and seeing if we could get the
> cost  down. That's not as scary as it sounds, since it's for a 3.5
> person office  and we'll have the chance to back out if it looks hairy.
> Of course, I'm so  busy now I'm going to be looking for help on this
> (and potentially some  other Asterisk systems), so if someone in the Bay
> Area wants a temp. job  helping me poke around Asterisk, look for my job
> posting to the LinuxChix  job board soon ...
> I haven't gotten too far in my Asterisk quest yet ... I've been reading
> a  bunch about Asterisk online and also in "Switching to VoIP" from
> O'Reilly.  Here's what I've found so far ...
> From: "Carla Schroder" <carla at bratgrrl.com>
>> I want to test Asterisk, but I'm a bit confused as to what hardware is
>> required. It looks like I need a PCI interface on the Asterisk server,
>>  like
>> Digium's TE cards
>> http://www.digium.com/index.php?menu=product_category&category=hardware
>> Then I need a channel bank/multiplexer to interface between the actual
>>  phones
>> and the Asterisk server, right?
> If you want to do VoIP only (both incoming lines and also phone sets),
> you  can skip the interface cards. You can even get this running on a
> Linksys  router using OpenWRT:
> http://lestblood.imagodirt.net/archives/106-Asterisk-on-OpenWRT-part-2.html
> If you use softphones, that's certainly the cheapest way to play with
> Asterisk. I haven't tried it yet, and I probably won't since it looks
> like  we'll be dealing with POTS lines. If that's what you need to do,
> too, then  you'll want to get an interface card, as you mentioned.
> Apparently, you can  still get the discontinued Digium X100P from
> various online vendors for  around $30 and maybe even less. Pretty
> cheap!  Since I'm working with a few  lines, I'll probably look at the
> TDM400P instead.
> The TDM400P can actually support both POTS lines (Plain Old Telephone
> System  lines connected to the phone company) and analog phones.  It's a
> four-port  card, and you can install an FXO or FXS module for each port
> (POTS and  phones, respectively). If you want to use a few analog
> phones, this might be  a way to go. In my case, I'm going to be using
> VoIP phones, which won't need  an additional interface card (the TDM400P
> card will only be used for  incoming calls). I've found VoIP phones for
> about $80 that should work with  the system. Of course, you can also use
> soft phones.
> They even have Wi-Fi phones -- I've been asked to get one of those for a
>  different upcoming Asterisk installation. This Asterisk thingy sure is
> popping up a lot lately!
> Jen
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