First of all I would like to thank the Asterisk team for a very well documented spec and allowing such a software to be open source. As a programmer with 6 yrs of professional exp., I recently came into contact with companies asking me if I knew of “Asterisk” and would be willing to work on it’s development…
As such I decided to join this community, however as a total n00b to the scene, I have a few questions:
a) I am to be given a project of setting up an office with a pbx based system and having them use VoIP to lower the costs between the 2 locations (branch to main office)
b) after the above task is complete, the branch office is asked to become a “calling card” company for people wanting to make international calls. In more detail they want to have a 1800 number for people to call, then get a dial tone so they can call whereever the heck they want.
Now for both options, I am clueless Isn’t that grand??? Hehe… Seriously tho folks I have been given 90 days to come up with a proof of concept/learning curve. Can anyone here please point me in the right direction? What books are available out there for me to read up on? What companies shall I talk to for hardware cost analysis? Since the project has been assigned the “1 man job” cap, at this point I am kinda freaking out… And since it is my job on the line, I need all the help I can get. I know how to plug a phone into an existing system reading it’s manuals etc. but I have never “built” one before. I am clueless as to the procedures that follow regarding setting up VoIP and PBX in general. And since they want a “cost-effective” solution, telling me to use “open source” is all the “business side” cares about!
At this point I am looking for all the information I can absorb folks! So pleaaaaaaaaassssseeeeeee help me I’ll buy ya dinner or sumthin if you in VA Seriously tho, if it is on a “consultancy” basis you prefer to help me, I am game with that as well. PM me for details please!
P.S. I didn’t see a manual regarding forum rules admin! So I am kindly asking not to throw the “RTFM” at me if I breached your rules in any way!