Finding a 4-port VOIP gateway
_Hat tip to “A9”:http://a9.com for finding this…I’m trying the new Firefox A9 toolbar_
VoIP Hardware and Software Products. Here’s a list of VOIP hardware. Its actually quite hard to find a good review site that tells you how to put together a small multiline system with an existing PBX. I probably just don’t know the queries yet. Here is one site that talk about gateways.
What I want to do is have lots of VOIP calls into my house so that I never see a busy signal again either inbound or outbound and the cost is low, low. The equivalent with PSTN (the phone company, a.k.a public switched telephone network would require 4 analog lines or about $150 per month).
Here are some alternatives such as the “Medaitrix 1104”:http://www.voipsupply.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_12&products_id=172&desc=AudioCodes%20MP104%20Gateway. This thing has an Ethernet connection at one end and on the other end, it has four analog phone connections to connect with existing PBXes.
Its a piece of hardware so it isn’t clear how to get Vonage for instance to support a box like this. Costs $600. Amazing given that it is essentially just a microprocessor running some software. I wonder if a softPBX or some freeware on a PC isn’t a cheaper idea. Seems like someone has probably hacked this up 🙂
Then there are things called analog adapters that appear to be for consumers. So the “Azacall”:http://www.voipsupply.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_26&products_id=219&desc=Azacall%20FXS%20Adapter is a 2-port analog to VOIP adapter. Linksys makes something very similar that has 2 ports. Its interesting that a pair of 2-port consumer adapters is so cheap compared with the 4-port. Probably differential pricing based on small business vs. home.