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Asterisk PBX

I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.
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Re: Asterisk PBX

We use Asterisk Community Edition for a backup phone system.

Our primary phone system runs off a T1 which has gone down twice in less
than two years to to providers hardware failure or accident somewhere.

So, we also have a COX cable internet connection that our Asterisk is
connected to in case the T1 goes down.

We also use the conferencing capabilities at the non profit I volunteer for.

"Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
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> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning on
> using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.



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I know that wyoming.com uses it and does installations for others.

I met this guy and he seemed very knowledgeable:
http://www.utosc.com/speaker/6/

Good luck.





On 02/23/2010 09:31 AM, Jason wrote:
> We use Asterisk Community Edition for a backup phone system.
>
> Our primary phone system runs off a T1 which has gone down twice in less
> than two years to to providers hardware failure or accident somewhere.
>
> So, we also have a COX cable internet connection that our Asterisk is
> connected to in case the T1 goes down.
>
> We also use the conferencing capabilities at the non profit I volunteer for.
>
> "Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
> news:W4Sgn.4561$yE3.3541@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning on
>> using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
>> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
>> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.

>
>

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Re: Asterisk PBX

Do you integrate the 2 phone circuits? Meaning, if the T1 goes down does
your main # route through the backup?


"Jason" <japennell@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> We use Asterisk Community Edition for a backup phone system.
>
> Our primary phone system runs off a T1 which has gone down twice in less
> than two years to to providers hardware failure or accident somewhere.
>
> So, we also have a COX cable internet connection that our Asterisk is
> connected to in case the T1 goes down.
>
> We also use the conferencing capabilities at the non profit I volunteer
> for.
>
> "Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
> news:W4Sgn.4561$yE3.3541@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
>> on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
>> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
>> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.

>
>



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How many stations can they support?

I've entertained the idea, but it seems too risky.


"Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
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> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning on
> using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.



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No, not yet. If our T1 lines go down again, I need to manually contact our
phone service provider and have them forward all calls to the VoIP number.

Outgoing calls can be made anytime by those with softphones installed or if
they happen to be one with a desktop VoIP phone on standby, they can use
that as well.

Eventaully integrating it would be very cool. We are just not there yet.

"Craig" <elrushbo@eib.net> wrote in message
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> Do you integrate the 2 phone circuits? Meaning, if the T1 goes down does
> your main # route through the backup?
>
>
> "Jason" <japennell@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1qTgn.4595$yE3.2769@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>> We use Asterisk Community Edition for a backup phone system.
>>
>> Our primary phone system runs off a T1 which has gone down twice in less
>> than two years to to providers hardware failure or accident somewhere.
>>
>> So, we also have a COX cable internet connection that our Asterisk is
>> connected to in case the T1 goes down.
>>
>> We also use the conferencing capabilities at the non profit I volunteer
>> for.
>>
>> "Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
>> news:W4Sgn.4561$yE3.3541@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>>> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
>>> on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
>>> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
>>> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.

>>
>>

>
>



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Re: Asterisk PBX

Is there a way that is truly seamless?


"Jason" <japennell@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> No, not yet. If our T1 lines go down again, I need to manually contact
> our phone service provider and have them forward all calls to the VoIP
> number.
>
> Outgoing calls can be made anytime by those with softphones installed or
> if they happen to be one with a desktop VoIP phone on standby, they can
> use that as well.
>
> Eventaully integrating it would be very cool. We are just not there yet.
>
> "Craig" <elrushbo@eib.net> wrote in message
> news:s1Ygn.4712$yE3.2399@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>> Do you integrate the 2 phone circuits? Meaning, if the T1 goes down does
>> your main # route through the backup?
>>
>>
>> "Jason" <japennell@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1qTgn.4595$yE3.2769@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>>> We use Asterisk Community Edition for a backup phone system.
>>>
>>> Our primary phone system runs off a T1 which has gone down twice in less
>>> than two years to to providers hardware failure or accident somewhere.
>>>
>>> So, we also have a COX cable internet connection that our Asterisk is
>>> connected to in case the T1 goes down.
>>>
>>> We also use the conferencing capabilities at the non profit I volunteer
>>> for.
>>>
>>> "Matthew Good" <systemremovetyrant@gmaildot.com> wrote in message
>>> news:W4Sgn.4561$yE3.3541@kovat.provo.novell.com...
>>>> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
>>>> on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
>>>> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
>>>> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.
>>>
>>>

>>
>>

>
>



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On Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:06:46 +0000, Craig wrote:

> Is there a way that is truly seamless?


We have two PRIs mainly for volume, but also we get redundancy as if one
is down calls automatically flow to the other PRI. That's true for both
inbound & outbound.

What's not seamless is if both are down, I have to log into an AT&T
website to redirect the numbers to our other location. If we switch
providers, though, we can use a service where switching from one site to
another actually is fully automatic.



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Can you have two disparate PBXs handle calls for all your DIDs? Upon
failover?

If so, how?

Thanks
"Joseph Marton" <jmarton@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:06:46 +0000, Craig wrote:
>
>> Is there a way that is truly seamless?

>
> We have two PRIs mainly for volume, but also we get redundancy as if one
> is down calls automatically flow to the other PRI. That's true for both
> inbound & outbound.
>
> What's not seamless is if both are down, I have to log into an AT&T
> website to redirect the numbers to our other location. If we switch
> providers, though, we can use a service where switching from one site to
> another actually is fully automatic.
>
>
>
> --
> Joe
> With great power comes great responsibility.



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On Wed, 24 Feb 2010 19:49:32 +0000, Craig wrote:

> Can you have two disparate PBXs handle calls for all your DIDs? Upon
> failover?
>
> If so, how?


I'm not sure if the system would handle all DIDs properly or not. I
think it might actually work for the inbound which is the main thing, but
outbound caller ID might get screwed up. That's the beauty of ShoreTel.
Even though there are separate voice switches in different sites, they
all communicate so it's like one big phone system.



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Matthew,

> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
> on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.


Go ahead and buy one. You have only your asterisk.

Sorry! <ducking>


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Nice! 🙂
"DougB" <dougdotblack@geemail.com> wrote in message
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> Matthew,
>
>> I'm wondering if anybody in these forums uses, has used, or is planning
>> on using Asterisk or any of the hardware from Digium? I'm just curious
>> because I've read a lot of good things about it in various open source
>> forums, but I've never met anybody who actually uses it in a business.

>
> Go ahead and buy one. You have only your asterisk.
>
> Sorry! <ducking>
>
>



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