A simple question - School setup


#1

This is the very first time that I am investigating VoIP and so know nothing about it.

On doing a search with VoIp, Asterisk came up and it looks great!

We are busy upgrading our school network an I’d like to put in a network based, PBX type server so that staff can reach each other from their classrooms/laptops.

Besides the Astrisk server do the workstations need any special hardware or can all comms be done via the sound card and network cards?
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#2

Yes you can use soft clients and sound cards, you can also purchase sip devices, iax devices, h323 device , or digium pstn cards for interfacing with real products. However your setup sounds like all you will really need are some soft phones


#3

Thanks for that.

Step one:

  1. Set up a linux box - which distro would you recommend for this
  2. Install Astrisk - is there an RPM available or do I need to compile the app myself. The docs said something about Bison … makes me a little nervous :wink:
  3. Get the Softphones working
  4. Ultimately breakout onto our main switchboard so that we can phone out of the school

Cheers


#4

1)Its really easy to compile, if you are unsure of yourself I would def. reccomend debian.
2) I would reccomend building from scratch
3) pick soft phones iax phone for windows iax comm for everything else
4) yup get a tdm to connect to switchboard and slowly overtake the world.