I am planning on setting up Asterisk PBX for my company. I would like to ask the community on suggested hardware.
2 PSTN Fax Lines
2 PSTN Backup/Emergency Lines
A warehouse 30 Miles away in an adjacent city with:
10 extensions and requirment for paging
1PSTN Fax Line
1PSTN Emergency Line
Equipments in Mind:
Obviously 2 Servers
Linksys SPA 2 Line 2 Port POE IP Telephones
Netgear POE Switch
Need suggestion on Server configuration? Processor, Ram, etc.
Also need suggestion on cards for PSTN interface.
Both locations have existing Nortel Meridian PBX. Initially was thinking of integrating two Asterisk servers with the existing PBX and use the asterisk as long distance gateway/trunks, Virtual DID, Teleconferencing, etc. And still may consider if suggested or someone can point to a good way of doing it.
I have personally at home setup everything - incoming DIDs, Extensions, DISA, Follow Me, Dedicated DID for conferencing, etc.
I could easily establish communication of a 2nd asterisk Trixbox to connect to the main trixbox and dial extensions between two box, use main box’s trunks to make long distance calls, etc. But I could not make two way going between an AsteriskNOW and a Trixbox - I get only one way. I have not tried Two AsteriskNow boxes and not sure how to.
Sending DID directly to the IP address of my trixbox works but could not configure this and use incoming DID with AsteriskNow. if I send the DID to lets say email@example.com (my IP) then it goes to that extension but I would like to try to send the DID this way: firstname.lastname@example.org and in incoming DID configure this to forward to an extension number - this way I can re-assign easily incoming DIDs to any extension instead of going to the DID provider to change it. I can nicely do this in Trixbox but love to see if I can do it with AsteriskNow.
Considering the complexity of the project I may select Trixbox but if any of you point me on how to do all of the above with AsteriskNow I will prefer using AsteriskNow over Trixbox.
Let me know. any proposals or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Specially any suggestion on Hardware selection and number of DIDs and trunks to support 50 extensions. Our company is not a call center and does not have high volume of phone calls.