[kwlug-disc] First impressions: Less than impressed with freeswitch for home usage

Kiwi Ssennyonjo kiwi at ssenn.com
Fri Feb 11 01:41:54 EST 2011

I am saddened to hear that you had a poor first impression.

All my installs are always on new hardware; I cannot shed any insight on the
hardware you are using.
I have FS/FusionPBX working on the most difficult of platforms; at least for
me it was Apple, OS X Server.

There are Pre-Built Binaries found here

As I mentioned in the presentation I always compile.

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 00:56, Raul Suarez <rarsa at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I heard the great virtues of freeswitch. Lower memory, faster processes,
> easy
> configuration.
> Kiwi, I am sure that may be the case in your enterprise systems but in a
> home
> system my experience was less than barely acceptable.
> Could it be that I'm doing something wrong?
> I followed the instructions from here (including compiling the sounds):
> http://wiki.freeswitch.org/wiki/Installation_Guide
> My Hardware: PIII 400 Mhz with 256 MB RAM, old slow HDD. This is my test
> system.
> Once comfortable I'm planning to run DD-wrt, tomato or OpenWrt in a router
> which
> I expect will be even less powerful.
> PAP2T ATA for one extension,
> Ekiga as a soft phone for another extension.
> I'm expecting to get 3 DIDs (two Canadian and one Mexican)
> I installed Asterisk in that box and have been playing with it without
> complaints (Other than the by-hand configuration)
> Asterisk:
> Installation time, a few seconds using apt-get (older version 1.4)
> Updates in seconds using apt-get
> idle: CPU 0%, Mem 0.9%
> Listening to recording (x600) CPU 2%,  Mem 7.4%
> Echo test works perfectly almost no lag
> Calling between extensions lagged little less than 1/2 second but very
> clear.
> I've found a lot of information and advise.
> Freeswitch
> Installation time probably 4 hours to git and compile it. (Current git
> version )
> Updates expected to take a similar amount of time
> Idle: CPU 5%, Mem 5%
> Listening to music (x9664) CPU 6% Meme 5.5%
> Recordings and music break (as if playing under the water)
> Echo tests (x9195 x9196) don't even work
> Calling between extensions: Lagged 1/2 second and call not as crisp.
> Information and advise is sparse (to say the least)
> And I haven't even tried to install FusionPBX
> Raul Suarez
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