I apologize if this is covered somewhere. I searched and couldn’t find anything specific.
I have a friend who is going through a rough time and is receiving a lot of phone harassment.
Anyway here is what I would like to do, and wonder if Asterisk can do it.
Would it be possible to put an Asterisk box on the main phone line coming from the phone company (POTS line). Then drive the analog lines that go through the house to all the standard analog phone off another port/card on the Asterisk box.
So basically have the POTS line coming into the Asterisk box, and the pair of lines that go throughout the house goes to an output on the Asterisk box.
What I would like to do is have the Asterisk box handle calls coming into the house and decide what to do.
So basically if a call comes from a known callers number (basically a list of known “good” caller) it allows it to ring through to the regular phones in the house. If it is an unknown number it goes right to voice mail. It could handle the voicemail on the Asterisk box or just do nothing as he has voice mail through the phone company. Would be nice if it logged date and time for all incoming calls too.
The important thing is that private, unknown, or blocked numbers not ring the regular analog lines and either silently send it to voicemail, or silently do nothing (not ring the in house analog phones). Any number that is not in a known list would go to voicemail, and he could just add to that “allowed” list when new numbers arise he wants to ring through.
And ideally dialing out from the regular phones would work as it does now.
Are there any options to setup something like this?
The only other thing of note about his houses wiring. Every phone line in the house comes to a central spot. They are all tied together currently. The person who wired the house used CAT5 for the phone lines. I would still like to use the old analog phones, but do have the ability to have each analog phone coming to the Asterisk server on its own pair of wires.
The easiest solution for my friend is to change the phone number and make the line private, but he doesn’t want to do that as he has too many contacts that use the current number. Plus the new number would get back to the people harassing him anyway.
He is receiving calls all the time from a certain party at all hours of the nite, mainly from pay phones, and private lines.