Emulate a T1 environment using two asterisk servers and cross over cable
Posted on 2007-12-06
Hello Gurus! I have a question about Asterisk.
We are planning on doing some development work using Asterisk server. When completted the server will use T1 lines coming into digium cards in the asterisk server. My question is how can I simulate a T1 environment in my test environment for my devlelopers without having to actually bring in a T1? T1's are expensive and I'd like to simulate the environment if possible.
What has been proposed is we set up two asterisk servers, each with a single port T1 card, and connect them via cross over cable. Server A will be the development server from which all calls will be initiated. Server A to initate a call out from it's T1 card and using the cross over cable Server B will recive the call and emulate the T1. So server B is acting like the phone company. We are only testing outbound calls from Server A to ServerB.
This seems doable in theory but has anybody done it practice? Can anybody offer me a dial plan or some steps that will allow me accomplish this? I'm an asterisk newbie but follow directions well. My hope is this will allow the developers an environment that will simulate production so when we do roll the server into production and hook it up to an actual T1 there wont be any surprises.
Not interested in VOIP suggestions just how to get the cross over to work and emulate a T1 environment.