September 6, 2005

If you’ve got a need for an inexpensive small-to-medium business sized phone system (or just a geek urge to complicate up your home phone system), head over to Nerd Vittles for their three-part-and-counting series on how to turn an old PC into a bouncing-baby Asterisk powered PBX.

The starting article is here.

One of these days, I’m going to get around to doing this. About the only thing that’s stopping me (other than an overgrown thicket of other seriously complicated computer-based systems around here) is having made a Vonage-provided number my main number for the past few years, I don’t think I can easily have it ported to one of the BYOD VOIP carriers, and I don’t want to change numbers again.

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2 Responses to “Step By Step DIY VOIP PBX”

  1. Ward Mundy on September 14th, 2005 10:01 am

    You can use your Vonage number with Asterisk. Once you have a Vonage terminal adapter or router, the line acts just like any other PSTN line. You’ll just need a Sipura SPA-3000 which is discussed in the articles.

  2. Chuck Lawson on September 14th, 2005 10:55 am

    Great tip — thanks Ward!

    I’d been kicking around treating it just that way; the only downside is that it means I’d still be paying for Vonage as well as whatever BYOD provider(s) I was using.

    I suppose I could always drop it to the lowest-cost plan, though.

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