Beginners help needed


#1

I am a residential phone user looking to put in a VOIP system for my family. Kinda tinkering. From what I understand, I will need a gateway to transition my spectrum voice line into a VOIP pbx system. Am I missing something? Is there a beginners guide somewhere I can look at to get me started?


#2

http://the-asterisk-book.com/1.6/index.html


#3

Are you doing that just for curiosity or for a special reason? Although Asterisk is able to do so and having your own little Asterisk server is a nice thing every family should have, you might be on the wrong track. Therefore, I double check. If you have not more than 8 phones on a site, you might be better off with a ‘single-cell DECT’ solution.


#4

I am currently in the process of construction of a new home. So the wife and I have been discussing the need for old copper wire telephone jacks. There are currently planned to be 2 jacks in the house. We have in the past had our cable provider supply us with a voice line. This ultimately requires that our phone line be located close to a cable outlet. We both find this idea a little old style thinking and are looking for a new solution that uses modern technology.

There is also the added benefit of expanding to a second phone line for business purposes. This looks to be something much more easily done if all I would need to do is get and SIP trunk service along side a residential line.


#5

If you have the choice, I would just run cat 6 Ethernet cable from a wiring closest or patch panel where the cable/pone services enter the building to RJ45 wall outlets in many places in possible. I have done that, and my only regret is that I didn’t put in more of them. If you need to run phone lines, RJ11 connectors from phones just plug into RJ45 wall outlets, so there’s no problem there.

Good luck,
Ian


#6

Yes, same advice from me: You are able to run those good old phones even via Ethernet cables, just change the connector on the phone. On your patch panel, you insert your traditional land-line. Not sure where you are in the world, but Gigaset offers a box which offers DECT and runs over land-line or Internet (VoIP/SIP) as you like.