I am trying to set up a test system and have a few questions, which I have looked for myself but cannot find the answers to. I am trying to set up a test Asterisk system just so I can mess around with it and see how to configure different parts.
If I understand correctly, I can use this new Skype thing that Digium came out with, and buy a SkypeIn number, set up an Asterisk box and basically set up a whole system if I wanted to (in this case, just a test system where I could call in and have some softphones and a few Cisco phones), and when I call that number it should be just like any other service that I could buy.
Is there a service I can buy where there is a number and it is forwarded to my asterisk box and I can set up a test Asterisk server like above? In other words, are there alternative methods to what I suggested above?
Can anyone give me any tips or ideas to setting up a test Asterisk server with it being as close to the real thing as possible.
I only want to do this so that I can play around with Asterisk more than I already have without messing up my main system.