I am kind of a noob on this topic, but my boss put me in charge of implementing a VOIP solution for some new internal IP phones. My question is whether I would be better off buying the Asterisk Appliance or simply buying a card and installing it on a box and configuring it myself.
Now I am proficient in Linux and believe I could implement this, though is it smarter to go with the Asterisk Appliance because of the support that comes with it and the fact this is going to be placed in a professional environment. I cannot have it going down every two minutes, this has to be dependable.
As for the requirements of either option. It will need to have 2 to 4 analog lines and 10 to 20 IP phones connected with ability to use extensions and possibly connect to the existing internal phone network.
I am still reading up on all this stuff and googling around, though thanks for any information or experience you can offer.