[asterisk-users] Comments on new system plan.

Brandon Galbraith brandon.galbraith at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 17:27:27 MST 2006

This slashdot article may help you with the paging portion of your



On 9/22/06, Dave Fullerton <dfullertasterisk at shorelinecontainer.com> wrote:
> Greetings
> I'm in the process of planning my first production system and wondered
> if those with some experience would let me know if I'm doing anything
> stupid or have some suggestions.
> This is going to be used in a manufacturing facility with about 22
> phones. About 10 of which are office staff. I'm not going to implement
> call recording, meetme, or queues or anything fancy at this point. I'll
> be using Polycom 601's and 501's for the office staff and 301's for the
> plant phones. I've already had a few phones set up in my office to test
> with and I've got what I need for provisioning figured out. I'll have
> all the phones set to canreinvite=yes and use the transfer functions of
> the phone. Voice mail will be provided for office staff. Since I don't
> have that many phones and everything will be on the LAN I'm just going
> to stick with ulaw for the codec.
> The planned server will be an HP Proliant ML110 G3 with a 3Ghz Pentium
> 630 processor, 1GB of RAM, and two 80GB SATA hard drives in a RAID1
> (linux software raid) configuration. I'm planning on using the on-board
> gigabit network controller.
> I'll have about 8 POTS lines (no caller id or call waiting) connected to
> the system. I'm planning on using a Sangoma Remora A20004D (8 FXO with
> on-board echo canceler). Echo is actually my biggest fear of the whole
> project. There won't be any faxes coming through the server.
> For the few analog phones that may be used I'll be using some SPA-3000's
> I already have on hand for FXS ports.
> We will have need for overhead paging eventually. This is one area I'm a
> little unsure of. My current off-the-cuff plan is to use a Budgetone
> phone with the headset jack plugged into the amp and set to auto-answer.
> (Saw this on the wiki). I've looked at some of the other devices on the
> wiki but I'm not sure how to implement them. Any advice would be
> appreciated.
> I'm also trying to decide whether I want to use Asterisk Business
> Edition or stick with the downloaded version. Money really isn't a big
> issue but I'm not sure what the pros and cons are. I know I would get a
> "hardened" version thats not likely to have many bugs and support from
> Digium, but I'm not sure what "version" of asterisk it is or what
> features are in the 1.2 branch that aren't in ABE or vice-versa. I'm
> assuming ABE is in binary form, will it even work with Sangoma hardware,
> is it distro sensitive? (I was going to call Digium but ran out of time
> this week).
> I think that covers it. If anyone has some tips or constructive
> criticism I would appreciate hearing it.
> Thanks!
> -Dave
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Brandon Galbraith
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