Stumbled upon asterisk after my two-line siemens 8825 phone system kicked the bucket. I loved the siemens setup and it worked perfectly for me, however the only option I could find to replace it was the exact same system which is no longer produced and is now 3 years old at least.
Here is what I need a system to do, and was wondering if asterisk will fit the bill.
I have two seperate lines entering the house, one for a personal line and one for a business line.
On the business line I have the defualt ring, and two distinctive rings, one for a seperate number for a second business and one for a fax line. Can Asterisk handle various distinctive ring patterns?
The siemens phone system had the two line base station phone and three cordless phones that did not need to be plugged into a phone line. The base station and the cordless would allow you to answer calls from either of the two lines. Can asterisk do the same, and if so when a call comes in, is there a way to know what line is ringing, or is a special phone / setup required for this.
In terms of voicemail, the siemens phone had 4 seperate mailboxes with 4 outgoing messages. The personal line went to mailbox 1, the business line went to mailbox 2 and the first distictive ring went to mailbox 4. Obviously fax did not go to voicemail.
I have been reading up on asterisk, and think it will do what I need, but I havent been able to confirm it all, so here is what I am looking to do i think…
a. Setup *@home to start and hopefully it will fit the bill, if not or when I am ready move up to *
b. have 2 fxo and 2 fxs ports in a tdm400p
c. have the personal and business lines enter asterisk box
d. have a cisco desk sip phone or something very reliable / good sound quality in my office
e. I would also like to still have say three wireless phones that plug into 1 of the 2 fxs ports. You know one of those expandable analog cordless deals, provided I can answer or make calls on both lines and be able to tell which line is ringing. I hate having to run around the house looking for the “right” phone.
f. fax would be plugged into other fxs for outgoing faxes.
g. distinctive ring would be setup on second line.
h. each line would have seperate voicemail along with distinctive ring, and I can not use an autoattendant.
That is about it, I greatly look forward to your responses.