Low cost box for hosting Asterisk?


#1

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a very low cost box that could support Asterisk and at least one (preferably two) TDM400p cards and cost less that $150 (preferably under $100). The box should be able to run without a keyboard/mouse or CDROM. It also needs at least one Ethernet port. I know about converting the Linksys router to Asterisk but that does not give me the ability to connect POTS to the box.

Thanks


#2

Go buy a used pc, 2-3 year old machines will work wonderfully with that config.


#3

If you want a little peace of mind, take a look at Dell’s entry-level Poweredge tower servers – RHEL3 certified and as low as $299 brand new.

Best part, they provide key software drivers as necessary to keep your box operating/compatible over time as the RHEL distro updates over time.


#4

What if you wanted do use asterisk for home use? Could you use with p2 or p3 machine. Using only one SIP account?


#5

Desipher,

I use it at home with a 500MHz Athlon and it doesn’t even get noticed by the machine.

I have 0.00 load almost 100% of the time, with 1 FXO and 3 IP Phones and lots of other stuff “running” (available but not really in use, as apache and others). With 1 ongoing call, from an IAX phone to the Zap interface, I still see 0.00 as machine load…

Calculating by the load itself, a P-166 could easily support a home system.

Regards.


#6

yeah I’m dedicating old 266 p2 machine to asterisk. That is all I needed to know.


#7

If you are using hardware interfaces, you need to check if they are supported for that configuration. Yes, yes, I know PCI is PCI, but if you need support some day, it is good to know if you can get it for your configuration. :wink:


#8

Oh! Mine consumes some 16 MB of memory… Plan for that too.


#9

Search eBay for “Dell Optiplex GX1”


#10

Pretty much running p2 266 with 128mb ram and 1 Digium Wildcard X100P OEM FXO PCI Card hardware wise and just setup for dedicating to asterisk and I only have 1 sip account.


#11

Wow! Real bargains! Unfortunatly a 100MHz Pentium here costs 10 times as much. I never really understood what is with the second-hand PC market in my country. :frowning:

Desipher, you should be okay with that configuration, don’t worry.