I'm still a trixbox fan.. IMHO AsteriskNOW was a product that was a very poor attempt by Digium to compete with trixbox/elastix distros that had effectively stolen their customers.
The current 1.5 beta of AsteriskNOW is a vast improvement but IMHO still pales compared to both trixbox and elastix however. If Digium do now put some serious effort into AsteriskNOW however things could be interesting.
You got recommendations foe PCB's to start out with (makes & models)?
Entry-level, eventually I'd like to get to grips with VoIP, fax, etc, etc. I understand that it's different technologies, but I need to start somewhere, so I'm looking for something fairly "universal" to learn the ropes.
There's simply too much to choose from at the moment, but hads NiceGear site seems to be the NZ shot to shop from
I tend to recommend external SIP gateways to people who aren't sure what systems they want to run. They are generally compatible with most things which gives you the most flexibility. Getting business grade kit can be expensive but you can pick up cheaper consumer grade gear for testing.
As for faxing, it's often a bit of a headache for people so if you can do without it then do it.
hads, when you say "External SIP gateway", do you refer to an external SIP gateway service provider, or a standalone box?
In either cases, I already have that sorted out @ home, in terms of my ISP providing me the SIP gateway service & I have Linksys router/quasi-modem device that supports the capability.
What I'm referring to instead, is setting up my own (somewhat) closed-off environment, in order to learn the technology, as I've been tasked @ work with providing workable FOSS solutions to phase out our current proprietary systems.
At present I'm more interested in getting my hands dirty & building Asterisk & FreeSwitch boxes to learn the ins & outs of the technology, protocols & systems.
I've tried quizzing some guys in VoIP IRC's, but there seems to be as much differences in opinions as there are products, and from what I can tell, it differer from country-to-country
I was referring to a SIP gateway device. i.e. an analog to SIP, or ISDN to SIP gateway device, a hardware appliance that converts one to the other so you don't require analog/ISDN hardware in your server.
yip. got that covered: Linksys WAG54GS Works a charm (near idiot-proof, so suits me fine ;) ), and will be my fallback *when* I regularly break my would-be asterisk/trix/freeswitch box, but unfortunately I'm not going to learn much that way