Hardware Requirments


We purchased this server/aestrix box in April of Last Year from another company and it failed within a year, memory overload, one of the ports in the back for the phone lines failed. We payed about $1200.00, i just wanted to see if this type of system would work for an office of 5 people with 5 phones and possibly 5 phone calls all at once, i personally think the system is shit its a pentium 2, it looks like its 10 years old and we paid an outrages price.

These are the specs of the computer:
Model: Pentium II(Deschutes)
CPU Speed: 448.74 MHz
Cache Size: 512 kb
System Bogomips: 898.29

PCI Devices
-Bridge:Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI
-Host Bridge:Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX-82443BX/ZX/DX Host Bridge
-Network Controler:Compaq Computer Corp Netelligent integrated 10/100 TX UTP
-Network Controller:Sangoma Technologies Corp A200/Remora FXO/FXS Analog AFT Card
-PCI Bridge: Digital Equipment Corp DECchip 21152

I dont believe its worth the money that i paid and i just wanted to get some feedback on what you guys think, im new to Asterisk so i dont know to much about it. Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank You

Asterisk is great. It is also just a piece of software.

You apparently found someone, who took a computer and configured the software for you then sold it to you for what you found to be an agreeable price. You state that you paid $1200. Was that just for the machine itself? or a package?

I’ve built my own machines. AMD Athlon 64 X2 3.0Ghz with 4Gb ram. Running Asterisk The machine handles 100+ SIP phones and communicates via IAX to another machine which handles the PSTN connection. It has handled 43360 calls in the last 480 hours.

The Sangoma A200 card is the only part of your system that has any value, even with a broken port. Seriously, a PII system, regardless if it will run 5 calls, at this point isn’t going to be reliable and a huge failure risk. Your best bet would be:

A) If you’re confident enough and have time to learn a bit about Asterisk, try and backup what you can and start over with newer hardware.


B) Go with a ‘hosted’ Asterisk provider, which would also mean some new hardware (multiport ATA, or IP Phones). You would still have to configure your local phone or ATA, but would be free of managing and maintaining pbx hardware.

Don’t try and put what you have in a production environment. You are asking for trouble.