I have an interesting problem that I’m hoping some of you who have more experience will be able to help me out with.
Management has made the decision for various reasons that we want to start moving toward an Asterisk based system. However, in an effort to make things complicated for me, they have decided that they want to make this a transition wherein we are only replacing a few of our Nortel phones at a time.
The PBX is a Nortel Meridian, and the phones used with it are Nortel T7208.
The way I see it, there are two possible options for programming this system. Neither of which I currently know how to do, but I would like clarification on the best way to go about transitioning to an Asterisk based system in a way that satisfies my bosses. We have approximately 45 users.
Find a way to hook the T2708 phones directly into an asterisk box. I think this if possible, this is likely the easiest thing to do. Is it possible to program these phones to act like a regular analogue phone? And if so, would it make sense to buy ~45 FXS modules or ATAs and plug the phones into them.
Leave the Nortel PBX in place, but place Asterisk in between it and the telco. Run x FXS modules from the Nortel box into Asterisk. The problem with this situation is that I have to find a way to make it easy for users of the Nortel system to call users of the Asterisk system - as well as the reverse. Can anyone let me know if this can be done, and if so, how I should go about doing it?
Thanks to anyone for any insight that you’re able to give.