Asterisk for home

Hello,

Im thinking of deploying Asterisk (AsteriskNOW) at my house on ESXi. I believe its powerful features are a great compliment.

Is this a good idea?

Yes.

To set up, I just make a VM with AsteriskNOW and away I go? It controlls all my normal telephony?

Basically you have a tone of option. For starters you can use:

  • pure Asterisk
  • Asterisk + FreePBX GUI
  • pre-prepared distribution (Elastix PBXiaf, etc.)

All the solutions have one thing in common. If you don’t know anything about IP telephony, you need to do a lot of reading. You are lucky to have a lot of literature on the internet. But keep in mind - things are not as eazy as they seem.

If you don’t have time or willpower to educate yourself, just hire a consultant that will help you out with your telephony setup.