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Topic # 107524 13-Aug-2012 22:44 Send private message

It seems that a mixed VOIP solution makes some sense for my small business situation. I've looked around to try and get quotes from capable people, without a lot of luck (Dunedin based). So far one lack of response to a written quote (following a verbal 'no problem' discussion), and another high priced quote that hasn't responded to a question of mine since. I was hoping to get someone local so that support would be more face to face, but that seems to be a hard ask.

We currently have an older pbx that we inherited with the lease, but it's full now on incoming lines (three), and internal extensions (six).

I'm reasonably capable (programmer, sysadmin, can do many things, master even less - linux/sbs server/php/perl/cfm/sql/exchange/postfix) but I've never dealt with VOIP. I'm sure given time I could get a solution that works, but I'm running out of time, with other projects happening at the moment. 

Ideally we want to keep the three analogue lines, and add VOIP for outgoing, adding internal extensions. No voicemail, no DDI, caller id would be nice, but no other complicated features.

So the question - how hard would it be to roll out a Cisco 320 system? It's hard to see what's involved, what the config would be like. Does the Cisco kit enable relatively easy assignment of features? Glancing at asterisk it looks far beyond what would be wise for me to look at. 

I guess I don't know, what I don't know. Any input appreciated.

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  Reply # 672031 13-Aug-2012 22:55 Send private message

www.conversant.co.nz

Virtual PABX, good support, simple, cheap.

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  Reply # 672040 13-Aug-2012 23:39 Send private message

networkn: www.conversant.co.nz

Virtual PABX, good support, simple, cheap.


Yeah I've dealt with Cameron there several times over a number of years, (indirectly to do with VoIP ) and he's really easy to deal with.

Having said that, I've also heard positive things about the Cisco 320 setup too

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  Reply # 672047 14-Aug-2012 05:55 Send private message

The UC320 is actually a great little PABX and very very simple to drive, along with a cisco switch it will auto VLAN for Voice and data and the management via the GUI has been done pretty well, for a low price PABX this is a really good little system IMHO




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  Reply # 672056 14-Aug-2012 07:59 Send private message

If you do want to engage a local company, try Alex King from Linux Works (just him, he works from home), and he's heavily into Asterisk. You'll find him via google.




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  Reply # 672083 14-Aug-2012 09:23 Send private message

I've worked with Alex in the past and he knows his stuff.

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  Reply # 672127 14-Aug-2012 10:38 Send private message

maverick: The UC320 is actually a great little PABX and very very simple to drive, along with a cisco switch it will auto VLAN for Voice and data and the management via the GUI has been done pretty well, for a low price PABX this is a really good little system IMHO


Yep... get em while you still can...




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  Reply # 672164 14-Aug-2012 11:10 Send private message

You could also check out Vodafone's 'Easy Office'

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  Reply # 672479 14-Aug-2012 20:27 Send private message

try Solutio IT mosgiel based guys name is nathan

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  Reply # 672506 14-Aug-2012 21:18 Send private message

maverick: The UC320 is actually a great little PABX and very very simple to drive, along with a cisco switch it will auto VLAN for Voice and data and the management via the GUI has been done pretty well, for a low price PABX this is a really good little system IMHO

Just don't try using a SPA514G - "Designed for UC320", does not actually work on UC320. Good one Cisco!




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  Reply # 672837 15-Aug-2012 14:22 Send private message

Thanks for all the input

antoniosk:

Yep... get em while you still can...


What do you mean by this? They not likely to be around long, or are they hard to get?

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