IP Telephony Solutions

Posted on 2006-03-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Hello all,

We have a client that we need to get a good phone system quote to, and we would like to use an IP Telephony system.  Normally I would go with a Cisco based solution (that's what I am familiar with), but that is too pricy.

We basically need to find a solution from the $2500-$3000 range that includes a few phones, voicemail and a system that can handle a few outside lines (analog) and maybe a fax line.  I've looked at 3com and a couple others, but if any of you know of any solid IP phone systems for around that price, I'd be glad to know about it, thanks.
Question by:TheTull
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    have you considered asterisk? 

    With aditional HW it supports also PSTN interconnection


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    I second the asterisk recomendation.
    You can get interface cards from Digium (who wrote Asterisk) in 4 and 24 port varieties (
    For VoIP phones I recomend the Grandstream GXP-2000.

    Costs -
    $400 4 port analogue phone adapter
    $95 - GXP-2000 phone (each)
    $1000 asterisk business version with technical support (optional as you can use the open source version)
    That should leave you with about $1000 to buy a PC to run it on. It just needs a normal desktop but I would suggest two hard disks so you can run software mirroring as hard disks are normally the most unreliable component.
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    Thanks for the response, I will check them out today and see if I like the looks of it.
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    This seems like an interesting solution, I may recommend it, thanks.  I will split the points.

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