I’m thinking about putting together an Asterisk based PBX for the company I work for (as opposed the hardware PBX they want me to install…yuck). Everything I’ve read so far deals with setting up IP calls, or IP calls + POTS calls. However, I want ONLY to use POTS for calls. We have 2 incoming phone lines, plus a DSL line that does internet and Fax. I would need to purchase an FXO card (Digium X100P?) for each incoming line, correct? I’m curious, though, how it connects to the 66 block. Our phone wiring is CAT-5, which allows us to connect a CAT-5 cable with two RJ-11 connectors from the wall to the phone to give each phone both incoming lines. Could I do the same thing with the Asterisk box to give it control over both lines? Would I then just need 1 connection (instead of the current 2) at each phone station? Then, adding an extension would be as simple as connecting another internal line to the 66 block, correct?
Also, are there any POTS only setup docs. for Asterisk?
As you can tell, I’m trying to figure out how all this phone jazz works. All of the sudden they want a PBX installed and I have to figure it out. Looks like Asterisk would work pretty well, though.
I really, really appreciate any replies. Thanks!