IIRC, the Cisco phone system at it's core is Asterisk.

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Mike Wills
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On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Peter Dow <petercdow@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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.

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*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.

Thanks.


-----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...

http://www.asterisk.org/

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?

Thanks.
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