Hi all - please excuse my inexperienced questions here, I stumbled on Asterisk when reading about the Apple TV (oddly enough) and became engrossed in the 300 some odd pages of wonderful documentation about “The Future of Telephony”.
I’m the Technical Coordinator for a small theatre in Waterdown, Ontario and have always been slightly interested in putting in a phone system for about 5 - 7 phones within the building to allow for basic extensions, some amount of voicemail, and if possible internally accessing the paging system. After reading the documentation it seems that Asterisk may be able to assist me in this for not too much money - I currently have a Linux box sitting around which sounds like it would be powerful enough, so I’m trying to sort out what else I would need.
So here’s my questions:
- On eBay I found a “Unlocked Linksys RT31P2 VoIP Router PAP2”, it says it’s compatible and has two FXS phone switches. Simply put, if I install Asterisk and run a network cable from my linux box to this router, am I in business with two phone jacks, or extensions?
- I also found a Asterisk X100P Card FXO port PCI, can I assume that I would also need this to plug in to my standard phone line (with Bell Canada, at the theatre) to accept calls?
I realize I’m probably being a bit naive about how easy this is to get up and running, so can you tell me if I’m missing any hardware in my assessment? What’s the cheapest hardware I need to get in order to get a few extensions going?
I really appreciate anyone who can take the time to fill me in… I’m probably going to try just setting up a VOiP system with soft phones for now just to get used to the config.