I have a home network behind a cisco pix 6.0 firewall connected to my isp via dsl modem (it was easier to go with the standard dsl connection). I want to run an asterisk server on a redhat linux box that is currently running as my alternate dns/mail server and primary samba server for print and file sharing (low-volume processes in my case) and the sound card works The hardware is dated: an MSI motherboard with a VIA 694X chipset and 1 GHz processor, but asterisk should not need lot of memory for a few friends and family connections. Having done research on your site and elsewhere, I need to purchase:
- an IP phone or two with an ATA adapter, and/or
- a laptop with a headset and pci card (ethernet and/or wireless)
- a Digium PCI card (TDM400P with X100M) for the server if I use phones
The clients connecting to me will need an IP phone and ATA adapter, or better-because-cheaper, a headset to a laptop which will need some/asterisk client software installed and configured.
I’ve been looking to replace at least one phone at home so I may as well get an IP phone with ATA adapter anyway, and I need to buy a laptop with two pci ports if ethernet and wireless are not built in - overstocked.com without an OS looks fine, but the cheap ones don’t come with wireless - I understand lucent is a good solution for linux/ubuntu. Pls do a sanity check on this and recommend hardware if possible, thanks.