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Polymira

Cheapest way to go VOIP?

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Hey all...

I'm moving into a new house next week (19, moving out of moms .. yeah). Anyway, I was thinking of going with VOIP (broadvoice, unlimited in state). BUT, the startup cost is plenty high...

I'm looking for the cheapest way to start, should I go with their phone adapter for $100? SIP phone?

I need to have 2 cordless phone in the house (fine with 1 base station, and a secondary phone with charger)... I don't have any phones of my own right now, so it's going to be purchased whether I go with sbc/voip.

So yeah, suggestions?

And remember, i'm not building an asterix box. I have 2 WRT54G's with 3rd party firmware (both using wds for bridging).

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For residential use go with BroadVoice. Youll be happy.

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Both hackaday.com and makezine.com/blog have circuits for your own viop adaptor. Check the comments on each for more circuits.

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And remember, i'm not building an asterix box. I have 2 WRT54G's with 3rd party firmware (both using wds for bridging).

Why the aversion to asterisk? Assuming you get the box for free (and you can easily pick up someone's unwanted PC which has plenty of horsepower to run a small asterisk system), you will spend a little more upfront for a configure-it-yourself phone adapter, but you'll spend less on each actual minute of call time.

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Possibly not proficient in linux (but i suppose running a wrt54g with third party firmware would need the ability to use linux well)

If by any chance you have an unwanted (modded) xbox, you can install xebian/asterisk on that - I do that and it works well. (but you can't run asterisk@home so you'd have to learn how to configure asterisk the proper way)

I use asterisk and i just can't go back to just an ATA (or two) - if you want more than one outgoing/incoming provider it is hard or impossible with an ATA alone.

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Sorry to bring up an old topic, but I started it .... so ha..

Ok, I went with SBC because of original start up cost....

But, we are sick of SBC, and want to go with Broadvoice ($10/mo in state)

Now, I have 2 machines that can be used for asterisk,

1: 1ghz p3 with 128mb ram (i think), but i need to get an HD / power supply, case for it...

2: I have an old g3 imac (crt) that's 300mhz i believe, with 64mb ram...

I would probobly go the x86 route ... but would be fine with either, as I have heard, if i am only using one line, it won't need much on the sys resources side of things....

Now, next question.

I am fine with linux, have been running linux since 98 (8th grade).... config files, etc ... no problem, just tedious.

NOW, my real question is cost ... i make not much more then Min wage, neither does anyone in this house....

How much am I going to pay when it comes to equipment? We need at least 2 telephoens (cordless). We have 2 anolog phones... so would I need 2 sip adapters? If I setup the Asterisk box, and want phones in different locations, being on the same network is proficient right? And, could you kind people direct me towards where I could buy what I do need (good brands/models .. well, decent)?

I appreciate it!

--Polymira

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The 1ghz p3 will work just fine. You can run both phones off a single Sipura SPA-2002 or Linksys PAP2-NA; both have two FXS ports. Check www.voipsupply.com or ebay for good prices.

And also, I'm going to give you my standard spiel: if you know linux, and if you know how to assemble and work on computers, you can do far better for yourself than near-minimum-wage.

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Thanks Strom, appreciate it...

And about the whole job thing, although I do realize this, I enjoy what I'm doing right now, and it works around my school schedual and what not (i work 4pm-12pm).

And I live in northern california in a small town near Chico (uh oh, dropin docs), and the only tech jobs I ever see available are web dev, which is not my thing. Eventually i'll become a computer security consultant, or a sys admin and make enough.... but for now, i make $8.50 working with Developmentally Disabled Adults.

(btw, i still think it would be neato if you could use a voice modem as an adapter in the asterisk box =p)

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(btw, i still think it would be neato if you could use a voice modem as an adapter in the asterisk box =p)

You can, it's called a Wildcard FXO clone :)

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For residential use go with BroadVoice.  Youll be happy.

Yes, but remember to give them a ring if you are fjearing :D . </inside joke>

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