[kwlug-disc] VoIP questions

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Jan 5 14:11:29 EST 2010

On Tue, 2010-01-05 at 13:55 -0500, Adam Glauser wrote:
> Lori Paniak wrote:
> > You could have each phone with its own DID, but that is not very
> > efficient. A DID from unlimitel is rated for 5 simultaneous calls by
> > default.  And then you get the single "office" number that can be used
> > for advertising, etc.
> > 
> > For a simple office, skip the low-level programming of Asterisk and load
> > a copy of trixbox CE or Elastix on an old computer with a couple of
> > NICs.  You'll get the "hoopla" with less hassle than separate DIDs. And
> > you will be able to transfer calls between extensions on your PBX.
> I was thinking we would probably end up doing that eventually, but 
> thought the one DID per person thing would be simpler.  Thanks for 
> setting me straight.
> I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous to suggest this and then have it 
> be a whole lot of maintenance and a learning curve we don't really want 
> to deal with.  Do the Asterisk distros tend to make it pretty idiot-proof?
> Does anyone have experience with either Xorcom or Morphix?  I'm much 
> more comfortable with Debian.

I admit that the worst part of trixbox and Elastix for me is the OS -
CentOS 5.  Hunting for packages that should be in the default repo and
then resolving dependencies by hand is rather, um, Windows like.
Fortunately, there is very little of this to do with trixbox and once it
is setup, the systems are very stable (the home trixbox is up for 27
weeks now).  "yum update" may be the only new command you need to learn.

The VOIP web GUI is very straightforward and tasks like adding an
extension are easy.  Well within the range of anyone reading this mail
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