Asterisk handling a small business

Nicholas Leippe nick at leippe.com
Tue Apr 8 15:56:57 MDT 2014


I recommend looking at sipecs (which can include freeswitch as a module if
you really want it). They have a complete install cd, web-gui, and it
autodetects and configures a multitude of voip handsets--plug-n-play.


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Tod Hansmann <plug.org at todandlorna.com>wrote:

> I second Chris' sentiments.  I'll also suggest looking at a hosted solution
> like getjive.com which is like 25/month per handset for as much calling as
> needs be and a ton of features including IVR creation.  If one does go the
> route of self-hosting, please do FreeSwitch instead of Asterisk.  It's far
> more flexible and performant for when he wants to change it later, and if
> this becomes a major point of his business it can be fleshed out quite a
> bit to power the business without incurring a lot of cruft and code modules
> all over the place that become hard to maintain.  That's why FreeSwitch
> exists, because Asterisk is architected pretty bad for long-term.
>
> Anyway, that's my two cents.
>
> Cheers,
> -Tod Hansmann
>
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Chris Wood <chris at tincreek.com> wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:14 AM, Dan Egli <ddavidegli at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Someone I talk to on a regular basis is getting ready to open his own
> > > company. The expected size of the company would be about 10-15 people
> > once
> > > he finishes hiring, with more to follow in a year or two (he hopes).
> What
> > > he wants is to have all his phone calls and what not handled by
> Asterisk
> > > using IP based phones (obviously). I've talked with him a lot about
> this,
> > > but the points I could not remember dealt primarily with how the phone
> > > company would handle things.
> > >
> > > Supposing that you wish to have the possibility of half of these people
> > > (we'll say seven) placing calls or receiving calls at the same time.
> > Under
> > > standard phone setups (POTS) that would require seven incoming lines.
> Is
> > > that going to be the case if all he buys is a DID number and internet
> > > service? I.e. does he have to tell the phone company to sell him
> multiple
> > > DID numbers in a roll down sequence? Or is simply having the phone call
> > > come to the system sufficient and then Asterisk handles it from there?
> I
> > > admit I have not looked at Asterisk myself (I'd love to, but I've got a
> > few
> > > other things I really need to accomplish  before I start studying a
> > > VoIP/PBS setup in detail) so I don't know the answers. I tend to think
> > that
> > > it's likely that he'd need multiple DID numbers and the roll down, even
> > > though it's all IP based, because it's likely the phone company that's
> > > going to generate the busy signal, and if they only have one DID number
> > on
> > > file for you, then when a second person tries to call they're just
> going
> > to
> > > get a busy signal (or voice mail if you have that service). But I
> > honestly
> > > don't know for sure. I'm sure he'd also need to purchase one extra DID
> > > number, not in the roll down sequence, that he can configure to
> > > specifically be for the fax machine whose duties I'm sure Asterisk
> won't
> > be
> > > able to assume (forward to the fax, sure, but actually answer as a fax
> > and
> > > send/receive transmissions? Some how I doubt it.)
> >
> > Generally speaking, you purchase/subscribe to SIP trunks to handle
> > calls.  The number of concurrent calls you want to handle is the
> > number of trunks you need.  The DID is based on the number of phone
> > numbers you want to have -- they will run across those trunks.  You
> > can have more DIDs than you have trunks.  You can have one DID and
> > multiple trunks (everybody has extensions instead of their own phone
> > number).
> >
> > Companies typically charge you for DIDs and then charge you for
> > trunks.  The DID charges vary a lot and can be more expensive than
> > they should be.
> >
> > For DID and trunks, at my last company we used:
> > https://www.flowroute.com/
> >
> > Fax can be obnoxious with VOIP.  I would recommend getting a copper
> > line from the local telco.  Maybe somebody on the list has the magic
> > sauce to make fax easy on voip.
> >
> >
> > > So, what exactly do I tell him to ask the TeleCo for? He's going to be
> in
> > > southern Utah most likely (i.e. St. George area) so it's likely going
> to
> > be
> > > Qwest or AT&T, unless you can get phone/DID service from someone like
> > > McCloud USA, which I honestly don't know. He plans this to be a heavy
> IP
> > > business, so I don't think Comcast would be such a good idea, with the
> > > monthly bandwidth caps they like to place on downloads and uploads (has
> > > anyone heard of Comcast offering more than 1 mbit upload speeds?), not
> to
> > > mention their 250 GB/Mo download limit.
> >
> > Those limits on Comcast are for residential use.  Your friend will
> > want a business grade internet account.  Which company supplies the
> > SIP service can be independent of the company providing the internet
> > service.  I would get the most reliable ISP he can get in his area and
> > then do the VOIP separate if the ISP isn't competitive.
> >
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