[kwlug-disc] voip questions

Colin Mackay zixiekat at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 09:58:49 EST 2011


>From doing a little research, it seems that using Asterisk in a VM is fine.
Just stick with ATA's like the Linksys SPA1001 (
http://www.voipvoip.com/linksys-spa-1001/) for your analog phones.  You can,
with a bit of wiring, hook this up to all the analog phones in your house,
but it may not have the power required to power more than 2 phones per
line.  When I was in North Bay, I could run a phone-line powered phone and a
cordless without issue, on a Linksys ATA (supplied by ViaNet), so we'll give
it a shot.

If you go with IP phones, then check out: http://www.voipsupply.com for some
phones, but they have lots of other hardware as well.

I think my next step will be to get Asterisk running on a small VM, get a
phone line from voip.ms and softphone and start doing some testing.  After
that, settle on an ATA and see how well that works.  If all goes well, I'll
scale it up to the whole house and drop Bell, possibly adding an IP phone or
two in as well.


Anyone know if there is a pre-built Asterisk VM for VirtualBox?

Also, a Canadian website, or a local K/W place where I can shop for IP
phones?


On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM, John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca> wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> > I'm in the same boat. I have a box sitting here with a telephony card
> > and a number of different versions of Asterisk on it - but never finding
> the
> > 8 (or is that 80...) hours of time I'd need to get this running... I'd
> love
> > it if KWLUG (or someone) would put on a quick start type of
> > presentation...
>
> It's hard to do a quick start presentation that applies to everyone. Here's
> why:
>
> - Ata's have different configuration methods,
> - Different telephony cards require different set up at a driver level and
> - People want different configurations.
>
> It seems that lately having a telephony card is a niche case. Most of the
> people on the list report using ATAs or are recommending ATAs. Using a
> telephony card inside a VM guest adds more complexity and may not be
> possible at all.
>
> So does a presentation that only just brushes on ATA and telephony card but
> spends more time inside Asterisk and FreePBX work? That should be generic
> enough for Ubuntu, Fedora and Trixbox users. The target configuration would
> be a SIP ITSP line as a trunk and home phones as a single extension. If
> there is time we might be able to set up a SIP soft phone.
>
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