We recently ordered an intergrated T1 (NON-PRI) from Xspedius in Houston.
It’s their Complete Dynamic solution, with 4 voice lines and 512Kbps data.
This will be replacing our current DSL service & 3 POTS lines.
The installation engineer informed me they will be dropping an Adtran 608 on the premises to handle CSU/DSU.
I already have a box running Asterisk in our network and we are able to communicate internally (NOT through the PSTN) using softphones. However we have no other cards aside from the network card in the machine right now.
We would like to purchase a few ATA devices so we can use our current phones OR purchase hard-phones such as BudgetTone or similar.
My assumptions: I will need to purchase a single 1-port T1 card and a single 4 Port FXO card to finish the job and configure them when the T1 is installed. (I might be very wrong as I’ve been reading the WIKI and forums alot lately and might be confused on some points)
The first question is: Are my assumptions correct.
If not, what am I missing from this puzzle or what exactly do I need.
Second question: This is probably more important than the first. Do we need a SIP/VOIP provider such as Vonage/Broadvoice? (I don’ t think we do as we are paying phone service to Xspedius) However I’m a bit lost on what needs to be configured on our side to assign phone numbers and the like if all we need is a T1 card to interface with the Adtran router, if that is correct.
Final question: The telco is asking us if we know how to punchdown our service block. I am assuming this is for analog service tied to the T1. I am a bit lost on this, however we will probably need non-Asterisk service until it’s all up and running. So how do we do this??
I’ve been reading through the forums but I wanted to make sure I was on the right track. Thanks for your help guys!