Please accept my appologies - I’ve been reading through the handbook and the online documentation / mailing list archives as well as the forum here and can’t quite get my own answer to these inquiries… The biggest mystery is how the existing handsets are connected to a new machine running Asterisk.
- Our phone system we have is horribly out of date and may pack-it-in any day now.
- Existing PBX system (AltiReach running on NT4) but we plan on replacing this server entirely and ditching the old PCI cards but keeping the hand sets (approximately 30 Nortel hand sets).
- We have 12 regular phone lines coming into this system (are these called PSTN lines?)
- We have satelite offices that could be VOIP after the system is implemented - this is a secondary priority at this point though.
What is the best hardware configuration for this? Should we get a T1? Do we have to? Which cards/hardware should we use? We are currently unclear on how the hand sets connect to the system but moderately clear on how the phone lines would connect to the box. Some information sources or direct examples of how to switch from a 30 handset office to an Asterisk system with those same handsets would be awesome. Once we replace our current setup we will delve into the extended features/options available. VOIP is probably the most important one after we switch systems entirely. Ultimately I think we plan on having the phone systems coexist for a while during the migration to Asterisk (once its working on a few of our 12 phone lines).
If there is anything else I can provide to help you help me I will reply as soon as possible.