PBX at home

Is there a way to setup a PBX phone at home that handles calls like a business without having to pay for a service?  If so, how would I go about doing that?
al4629740Asked:
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kenfcampCommented:
Because I was assuming you'd be providing more information regarding your needs than you have.

With out you providing what your needs are, and what your environment is (type of phone service, number of people etc)
It's impossible to give you good suggestions

Depending on your needs, we're talking a difference of 195.00 and 800.00

If all you want is basic service for one line w/o extension support you could get away with a Viking AR-1

Panasonic, RCA, Vtech, Plantronics, etc all have office phone systems that support 1 - 4 lines with multiple wireless extensions.
Easily found at Staples, walmart, Office Depot, BJ's, Best Buy, Costco etc

For more advanced features you could go into Panasonic:
KX-TA824 / KX-TDA50G / KX-NS700 with optional add-on card for basic attendant / message capabilities or connected to a KX-TVA50 for extended / advanced voice mail/automated attendant functionality

Depending on your needs and the type of service you have, not all of these will fit your needs and add-on cards may be required

Sam has kindly given one
Yes he did and a good one at that. However the Panasonic KX-HTS series is not available in the US
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
this procedure if you want to have a IP telephony system
You can Use a Software called Elastic (version 2.5 is free and fully operational, later releases are commercial) https://sourceforge.net/projects/elastix/files/Elastix%20PBX%20Appliance%20Software/2.5.0/

either install on a PC or in a virtual Machine.
remaining are two things:  IP Phones, and IP-to-Analogue gateway

if you want classic ones, you can just purchase Panasonic PBX. In our organization we have Panasonic PBX HTS-133 than can handle 16 IP phones and 8 Analogue phones, and can it set it on mix mode (ip and analogue).
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kenfcampCommented:
Is there a way to setup a PBX phone

Well, my first question would be are you looking to use VOIP or traditional phone lines (Phone Company / Timewarner, etc)

The second question would be, which features are you interested in using.
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al4629740Author Commented:
Traditional I guess.  Whatever doesn’t cost me monthly fees besides paying for the line I already have
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kenfcampCommented:
Okay...

Which features were you referring to by
handles calls like a business
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al4629740Author Commented:
Meaning auto attendant
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kenfcampCommented:
Yes it's possible. There are several options available

But more information would be required to provide options that will suit your needs
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al4629740Author Commented:
So...what are the options?  What do want to know?  Sam has kindly given one to me but you have not said anything.
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al4629740Author Commented:
Great answer! So I basically just need an auto attendant and I wouldn’t mind if it forwarded at times to my cell phone. That’s all I need.
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al4629740Author Commented:
Do I need software additionally?
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kenfcampCommented:
Call Forwarding will take the cheaper solutions out of the equation

Do I need software additionally?

Are you doing VOIP?

If Yes - Then possibly and cheaper solutions will not be an option

If No - Then no, not unless you want to use a PC as a phone/soft-phone
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al4629740Author Commented:
If it's only an auto attendant with no forwarding,then wouldn't that end up being the same thing as an answering machine?
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kenfcampCommented:
Yup! , or voice mail through your phone provider

All you need is call forwarding which is usually cheap enough

For what you've describe your needs as being, IMO a phone system and/or AA would be over kill
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
i told you what you need: either bring a panasoc PBX or buy a VOIP/ PRI service.
with panasonix PBX, you can either work with analog or IP phones.
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al4629740Author Commented:
Sam, Ken said that your setup wouldn't be available in the US
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
@al4639740
i mentioned panasonic because it's widely used here, he can use any other PBX brand .. but the idea is the same, either normal analog or IP phone.
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