You might want to look into a PBX solution, which integrates Asterisk. After I failed with FreePBX miserably, I found Wazo (https://wazo-platform.org), which is open source and has a GUI as well as a very thought out and functional API to extend the functionality of both Wazo itself and Asterisk. Never turning back
Thank you for the advice i’ll look into this, it may be a better option for me since I have no experience with phone service.
Thank You trying to gather all my research before I decide to move forward.
I do have some quick questions.
If I build my own PBX system can I use a standard PC? Does this PC require specific hardware? If I run POTS lines what type of cards would I need to accommodate this?
On the phone side the desk phones, do they connect via cat5 currently mine are running on cat11.
Also since the offices at my company only have ONE Cat 5 outlet available for a computer would I have to use a switch in every office to add a 2nd port for the phone? Do they make these phones wireless running WIFI? are these good options?
Many VoIP phones have a second network port on the back of the phone, that can be used to provide network connectivity to a computer. That way, both the phone and the computer can use a single CAT5 jack on the wall.