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creating a home VoIP @ home using an old computer


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#1 one2treefor5

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:49 AM

Hi! I have this 8 year old computer that is collecting dust. So I tought about just turning it into a phone server. Is there a good how-to guide and low-cost on this personal project of mine? Thanks again

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 10:53 AM

I almost forgot: I can do either Windows or Ubuntu. Thanks.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:04 AM

Take a look here: Asterisk@Home Handbook

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:43 PM

Thanks for the link. I will going to give it a try.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:54 PM

Haven't tried it myself, but was talking to a friend about it a while back and thats what he was looking at too. Good luck. Let us know how it works out or what you eventually make work for you.

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 01:06 PM

This will be my first attempt. I did take a quick look on Asterisk, and I am glad that this computer is compatible. But I need an additional device to plug in my phone. Iím thinking of asking my boss for some old telephony card. But if I canít get it from him, can I purchase cheap ones online?

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 10:26 PM

This article in Maximum PC will help http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_build_your_own_home_phone_server

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 12:41 PM

Thanks diggi!! I've been over a month looking for a good and cheap adapter. I'm going to order this and see if I can do this at home.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 07:07 PM

You know...that's an awful lot of heat and electricity to be using on a daily basis...in lieu of a simple VoIP device...to get the same result.

I understand the urge to put the system to some use...but there are other considerations, IMO.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:51 PM

Thanks diggi!! I've been over a month looking for a good and cheap adapter. I'm going to order this and see if I can do this at home.

:thumbup2: Let us know how it goes

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 12:27 PM

Sorry I've been procrastinating with this project. I have the asterisk disc, but I still didnt even formatted my old computer.




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