I am looking at setting up Asterisk using Asterisk@Home for(of course) my home. My area will be getting reliable broadband soon(Verizon Fios) , and I would like to take advantage of Voip to hopefully decrease the amount I pay for phone service. I am interested in getting a VOIP gateway provider, and also still have Asterisk connected to the PSTN.
I have seen some conflicting minimum system requirements in the different How tos and Faq’s I have been reading.
I had a Gateway G6-450 set aside for a couple months for my Asterisk box.
(Gateway is a P2 450Mhz w/128 Mb ram.)
The Asterisk@Home website said the min. requirements were a P3 1Ghz.
A couple othe places said the same.
Voip-info had examples of Asterisk running on alot less than my Gateway.
[color=red]Is it worth it to spend $60 -$100 for a Dell Optiplex GX P3 1 GHz?[/color]
Like I said above I would still like to conect to the PSTN. The Digium Wildcard X100P card clones on Ebay are the only FXO cards I have seen under a $100. From the forum posts I have read the clone cards are what most of the newbs like me are using. I would like to buy from Digium and support them for providing Asterisk, but I can’t find anything from them for under $400. This seems a little overboard for a small home Asterisk setup.
[color=red]Are there other FXO cards that are good and relatively affordable?