i am looking to use my google voice number and an IP phone (cisco/avaya) with asterisk. i got the idea to try it when i realized there were open source pbx solutions.
before trying to start this project, i realized that there were a few diff versions to go with. the ones that i read about were freepbx and now. after watching the asterik starter vid, it is apparent that asterisk is the code behind the pbx system and that there are GUIs available for those of us that dont want to tweak what works and use a GUI.
i downloaded ISOs for NOW and FreePBX and i tried to boot them up in a virtual hyper-v environment and did not have any luck completing the install. i wanted to compare them before dedicating x86 hardware to either system. after that didnt work i did some googling and it seems that there are issues with installing some of the releases in a virtual environment. since i dont plan on having it in a virtual environment, i decided to stop messing with that.
at this point i assumed that asterisk now and freepbx are separate systems, but when i got to the forum i see freepbx listed under the asterisk now sub forum.
my setup is for a home office/test environment.
what i would like to do is:
-setup NOW or FreePBX
-configure the PBX server to use my google voice number
-buy a used cisco or avaya ip phone that i can use with the PBX server which would be using google voice for in/out calling.
which software is recommended for that? NOW of FreePBX?