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Master Geek

# 79857 23-Mar-2011 10:02
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Hi all

Looking for basic, VoIP options for a small office (10 people) in Auckland fringe-CBD.

New lease for premises -- three small companies banding together.


- stable, reliable VoIP for voice (extensions, voicemail > email, redirect to mobile, etc. if possible)

- shared internet with reasonable upstream

- businesses not super-heavy users of net, but need speed when they need it (if you know what I mean)

Currently looking at:

- VDSL/SDSL line, with VoIP phones
- hooking into either a router that support VoIP, with QoS
- possible Asterisk box on-site
- hosted VoIP (what's that? - like Asterisk, but offsite?)
- Two ADSL lines - one for voice, one for net

Any suggestions gladly received!


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Ultimate Geek


  # 451088 23-Mar-2011 11:59
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- VDSL/SDSL line, with VoIP phones
- hooking into either a router that support VoIP, with QoS
- possible Asterisk box on-site
- hosted VoIP (what's that? - like Asterisk, but offsite?)
- Two ADSL lines - one for voice, one for net

Good idea to have a dedicated voice Internet connection, that will allow you to use the full speed of your data connection without effecting the voice traffic.

Hosted VoIP is just like having a PBX onsite, you are correct. If you are going to go that way then it's worth looking into whether you need a hosted PBX at all or if you can just connect directly to a SIP provider.

Some VoIP providers (I'll use 2Talk as an example as I'm familiar with their service) provide PBX-like functionality, it's more limited but may do what you need. 2Talk let you assign short codes to extension numbers which will assist with transferring between your phones. They also have followme, voicemail and IVR capabilities. They aren't as feature-full as a full PBX but it depends what you need.

You wouldn't be able to do presence in that scenario (using buttons on your IP phone to see who else in on a call etc.) but whether you need that type of thing or not is something for you to consider.


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Master Geek

  # 452665 28-Mar-2011 10:18
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If you want a feature-full PABX, I can host Asterisk v1.6 + FreePBX 2.8 or TrixBox CE v2.4 for $20+GST/month, you only need a single VOIP line cost for 2talk,italk or others.
512 Ram, 800MHz CPU, 5GB Disk (OpenVZ Based, VOIP Optimized VPS, latency under 175ms)
Transcoding is not supported so only ulaw/alaw/gsm/g729 pass-thru for these resouces.

Free and no obligation trial most welcomed.

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