[Asterisk-Dev] FXO Hardware Sourcing

Brian Johnson bjohnson at jecinc.on.ca
Fri Feb 28 10:01:40 MST 2003

I am looking at it as a comsumer, not as a hardware manufacturer or supplier

Easy to build stand-alone sets?  I'm talking plug it in and use it

Steven Critchfield (critch at basesys.com) wrote*:
>On Fri, 2003-02-28 at 08:39, Brian Johnson wrote:
>> Ideally I would like a self-contained, remote office VoIP router (including
>> 1 FXO, 2 FXS, and at least 2 10/100 LAN ports) that ties into the LAN at
>> that end and can be configured to:
>> 1. autointelligently route calls to PSTN or IP (should be configuarable and
>> optionally get config info from, and possible route calls to, my remote
>> asterisk server)
>> 2. cooperates with other similar units and additional FXS devices to provide
>> a cohesive system (for discussion, say piggybacking of units to support up
>> to 4 PSTN lines and 8 FXS ports - it will tend to be self-controlling due to
>> bandwidth limitations out of the 10/100)
>> I know I can do this with a PC ... I'm talking about something a little less
>> demanding on admin time ie I can set up a router with a Linux box that has a
>> lot of flexibility or I can buy a SOHO/home user broadband router if I need
>> less flexibility - but with less admin overhead
>> I think there would be a substantial market for a (single source) hardware
>> company that:
>> 1. provides modular, self-contained units (some with FXO and FXS and some
>> with FXS only) that provide a system that is modularly extendable
>> 2. provides a full fledged VoIP PBX system hardware for single PSTN lines up
>> to T1 lines that is modulary extendable
>> 3. software to run/control it all with ease of initial setup with the
>> ability for fine-grained, customizable control
>> I think digium fills the role for 2 and 3.
>> Providing 1. (or finding other hardware suppliers for 1.) will simplify the
>> path from analog to VoIP for many, many, many users
>Rarely do you find modularity and small port density. At that point it
>is easy to build standalone units with set specs.
>What you may want to try and do is talk with Adtran, or CAC about
>getting a VoIP stack wedged on their router cards. At that point you
>could populate the chassis the way you need it, and get your Voip and
>router all at once in a better than consumer piece of hardware. Of
>course you could probably build a small flash booting box out of digium
>hardware and a PC that would fit the bill for small port density at a
>cheaper cost for new parts.
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