I’d like to get started with asterisk. I have several voip phones, many analog phones, and an analog land line. (Well, actually, it’s vonage – but as far as asterisk goes, it’s a land line
So, my plan is to get a FXS and FXO. I’d prefer ethernet, so I don’t have to crack open my server . . but . . . seems like PCI cards are much cheaper.
So – onto the questions . . .
[li]What is a good, inexpensive FXS / FXO solution? (Or – is there some super sekret way to make things work with vonage)?
[li]If I wanted to get started screwing around before I had the FXS/FXO, is there anything fun I could do with the asterisk software and a few Cisco IP Phones?
[li]I do have a locked Cisco ATA186 that I’m trying to brute force . . . assuming I do manage to find the password, is it even worth messing with? Since, I think it’s only a FXO, and they’re pretty cheap.
[li]And, finally, assuming I fall in love with asterisk, is there any way to transfer my vonage number over to a voip provider? And, what is the going rate for the providers? Are any cheaper than $25ish for unlimited US & Canada?[/li][/ol]
Thanks in advance!