on our site we have our small business and our home.
The house has a phone line with just a few phones and the business has 1 phone line with about 5 phones on an internal pbx phone system. Last week the 10+ year old pbx decided to catch fire and that was the end of that.
I was looking for a replacement and thought we might as well move on into the future a bit. The handy thing is that we already have network cables run all round the site for file and internet access on all the computers.
The house and business share one DSL internet connection with 512k download and 256k upload (all we can get in our location)
Now ive been reading up a bit on this and this is what i have planned but correct me if im looking at anything wrong.
All the businees phones can be replaced with hardware IP phones.
The house phones can have converters to make them into IP phones
We can have a basic server running asterisk with 2 FXO’s plugged into our two telephone lines
Then i would set it up so when somebody calls on the business line all the business phones ring and the same with the house line. but people can still call internally.
Also in the future depending on the type of call made and the time calls can be routed differently (eg. through the internet)
The only thing im not sure about at the monent is how internal calls will be made… before the burning of the ancient pbx the internal phones had buttons along the top, one for each extention and one for the external line, and all you did was push the button corresponding to the location you would like to call… nice and easy. Now with ip phones how would we achieve the same thing or how could we have it differently?
has anybody got any thoughts on what im trying to achieve?
also does anybody have any links to internal IP phone systems becasue most of the guides i’ve read seem to be mainly for making cheaper internet based calls…