[kwlug-disc] voip questions

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 09:01:31 EST 2011

What kind of hardware am I looking at if I want my Asterisk box to use all
the current analog phones in my home?
Anyone local sell this?

Can I use this on a Virtual Box VM?

Never used Asterisk, but I'd like to try it out.  Now that I've seen voip.ms,
I may order a line or two to play with it.

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM, <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:31:54 -0500, "L.D. Paniak"
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2011-02-10 at 19:37 -0800, Raul Suarez wrote:
> >
> >> The quality is almost standard phone like. You can also get an ATA to
> >> connect to
> >> your existing phone wiring. (I don't know how many phones can be
> >> connected to a
> >> single PAP2T, Some other people can give you better advise on that.
> >>
> >
> > The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for the PAP2T-NA is 5 per port.
> > That means each port can drive phones with RENs adding up to 5.  The
> > typical modern, externally powered phone has a REN much less than one so
> > I would expect a PAP2T to easily power a home phone system - even with
> > line loss.
> >
> > The more modern Cisco/Linksys 2102 has a REN of 3.
> And don't forget, if you're hooking up a multi-handset cordless phone,
> it's the base that worries about getting stuff out to the handset. To the
> ATA, it all looks like a single handset.
> So, one thing to sort out for yourself is how many extensions do you want
> for yourself? Since most homes only have one phone line now, which is to
> say, one extension, a simplistic solution is such a cordless phone, an ATA,
> and unlimitel. Done.
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