I’m currently doing some research for a project that involves some small-scale telephone connectivity within a gallery space. I considering a PBX for my implementation, but also not sure if there is a relatively simple and low-cost solution for this project. Here is what I would like to happen:
[color=#000080]I need two telephones in the same building that are able to call each other (they don’t need to be able to make outside calls at all). A person at phone #1 will call phone #2, and if there is somebody staffing phone #2 they will pick up and the conversation will be recorded and saved as an audio file. If there is nobody at phone #2, the answering service will kick in and the person on phone #1 will leave a message (which will also be saved as an audio file).[/color]
From what little research I’ve done, I’m wondering if it might be possible to do a simple install of Asterisk on a VoIP router, something like the Linksys/Cisco RTP300. The hitch with with that plan is how to deal with storage, or whether Asterisk can even run with that functionality on a router. I’m leaning toward a router because it would be a sort of all-in-one solution. I’ve looked into running a system on a desktop PC but it seems like the hardware interfaces are pretty pricy. At this point I don’t know my budget for this project (or if I will even have a budget), so I’m trying to keep costs as low as possible.
Any notes on a good path to pursue? “You’re wasting your time” is also an acceptable response if it doesn’t look likely — from what I’ve seen between hardware costs and development & troubleshooting time it seems possible that it might not be worth the energy.
(For anyone curious, the project is part of a larger exhibition happening in Minneapolis, MN this summer called “We Work Here: A Conversation on Art, Labor, and Economics in the Twin Cities.” This portion of the exhibition would involve a series of “job interviews” where visitors would be interviewed about their experiences related to work. I will also be compensating participants for their “work” via drawings or other creative products, so if anyone can be of real assistance here I will also offer an illustration as compensation.)