I am running Asterisk @ Home 2.7 and have a single ATA. So far it works great with my cordless phone. I want to use Asterisk to provide an extension for me, wife, and kids. This will be for home use.
I have an X100P clone for PSTN (911 and outgoing local) and will sign up with Telasip for incoming and outgoing long distance calls.
I want to add three more extensions and I want to put a cordless phone on each desktop next to the PCs.
Wife/kids all have PCs running Windows XP. Kids are wired to the LAN, wife’s machine is wireless, dropping a wire to her desk will be a pain. Planning to move soon so all desktops may be wireless soon.
Option 1: Buy three more ATAs. $45 each (URL below). Downside, needs CAT5 and is a little more than I’d like to spend per desktop.
Option 2: Find some sort of USB-based ATAs and plug them into the PCs. I have found a bunch of devices on Ebay that will allow me to use a regular phone with Skype. I’m not sure they they’ll work with Asterisk/SIP. Looks like I can get them for $25 each with shipping.
Downside, Not sure that running VOIP over wlan is a good idea. Will be using 5.8Ghz phones. How well will this work assuming a good wlan connection?
With the cheap ATA and a $20 wireless phone I’m looking at $65 per seat. If possible I’d like to match or beat that price.
I’ve considered a single wireless phone base and multiple extensions. This won’t give each phone it’s own extension so that’s not going to work for me.
Is there an ATA that I can connect to my XP-based desktops and works with Asterisk/SIP, that does not cost too much? Or is there another cheap/easy option that I am missing? I don’t really want to mess with SIP phones. Wireless SIP is still too expensive and primative. Nobody in my house wants a wired phone.
Here’s the URL for the ebay store with the $45 ATA. Easy to setup with Asterisk and SIP. Works great for me.
Look for ‘generic ATA’.