Hi Luke,

I got involved in choosing a new phone system for my daughters' school. The system they got is called PBXact, and is based on Asterisk. There are other systems out there also based on Asterisk -- TrixBox, and others whose names I've forgotten.

One thing to be aware of is that the phones that work with these digital PBXs are actually computers. When a phone is powered up, it will download customization "scripts" for its programmable keys from Aasterisk. PBX vendors do not support all phones out there. The school got Aastra phones which are relatively cheap, but now that they want to switch PBX vendors, we've found that the phones don't play well with other systems.

I downloaded the free version of Trixbox (from trixbox.org) and installed it on a spare PC, but haven't had time to play with it yet.

*Peter Dow* /
Dow Software Services, Inc.
909 793-9050
pdow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pdow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> /

On 12/5/2011 9:56 AM, Harman, Roger wrote:
They were my first stop also. Just wondering if anyone on the list has actually built something out of it.


-----Original Message-----
From: pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Luke Gerhardt
Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 10:53 AM
To: pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Voice Mail - DIY anyone?

Asterisk usually seems to come up in conversations about
rolling-your-own phone systems. I have no experience using it, but that
would be the first place I'd look...


On 12/3/2011 1:00 PM, pctech-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
message: 3
date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:57:51 +0000
from: "Harman, Roger"<Roger.Harman@xxxxxxxxxx>
subject: [PCTECH] Voice Mail - DIY anyone?

Just curious if anyone has dabbled in building IVR or voice mail systems using TAPI cards. One of our smaller locations lost their voice mail and I'm looking for an inexpensive, but decent, 8-port system.

Hardware or software recommendations?


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