From time to time I like to read up on new things, and now I’ve come across Asterisk. As VOIP subscriptions are becoming cheaper here in Norway I would like to setup a Asteriks server at home.
I would love to use a couple of my old analouge phones, and maybe a faxmachine later on, if I can get it going.
I do not have any old analouge or ISDN phonelines in my home, just a couple of SIP accounts with my VOIP provider, that I use with a FritzBOX combined router,modem, wireless and two analouge phone adapters today. (Works great)
I have been looking at Trixbox as it seems easy to setup, everything beeing on an ISO file to download.
What I can’t grasp is this:
Where do I connect my analouge phones?? To a SIP adapter like the Sipura adapters, or maybe the FritzBOX I already have.
Are there any PCI adapters I could plug into my server that will just give me possibility of plugging a couple of analouge phones to it?
Where do I put my VOIP providers SIP login information?? In the Asteriks server?
What login info do I put in the Sipura adapter?? The info I create for my Asteriks server??
- your analogue phones can be connected to FXS ports in your server, via e.g. Digium TDM400 (with FXS modules), or a Sangoma A200 (again, with FXS module(s)), or via an ATA like the Sipura/Linksys. i prefer the Linksys-style option, as it gives you more flexibility with physical location if you already have network cables around, and it cheaper per-port to provision.
you might be able to use your Fritzbox if it can register with the Asterisk server as a user/peer.
if you’re using a FreePBX-based setup (like TrixBox) then there is a “Trunk” module that lets you create a SIP trunk to your provider, complete with dialling rules etc.
if using a Sipura/Linksys adapter (or anything that needs to connect to Asterisk), the info you set it up with will have to be the same as Asterisk is expecting. most devices have a web front-end, some are provisioned with TFTP config files. if using something like a PAP2 you enter login credentials that you created in FreePBX for the “extensions”.
Great thanks for your fast reply.
Now I can rip out for sure those old analouge modems Thought I could use them as an analouge interface.
Googling around I found this asteriskguru.com/tutorials/fritz_box.html seems like I can use my FritzBox. Cool.
This will give me a cheap start.
Is there any possibility to use one of those cheap Skype phones as a phone for Asteriks?
those “cheap Skype phones” are usually just USB sound devices, and know nothing of any VoIP protocol … it’s all in the software.
you can use one with something like IDEFisk or X-Lite though … but it’s (imo) a nasty, cheap alternative to a “real” device.