Not to mention there seems to be a big difference in how much phone technology can cost. It must all stem from a lack of competition and businesses willingness to spend tons of money on something they don't understand very well.
Now Asterisk is matching and surpassing the telephony technologies in an open source software and hardware model. The software model allows for businesses to maximize costs of consultants in a large ecosystem.
My current healthcare provider has purchased a big VOIP PBX system for our 600 devices over 5 seperated branches. We are just using VOIP at our distant branches. Our voice mail system isn't anything to write home about and the Outlook module that allows for mail integration sucks and is out of date.
Anyway, I wanted to write down my biggest stumbling block trying to get Asterisk to start in a simple setup with an Ekiga softphone connected over SIP. Apparently, you need to have these files in the /etc/asterisk/ directory.
- extensions.conf -- the dialplan file
- sip.con -- the sip configuration
- modules.conf -- to tell asterisk to load the dialplan and sip modules automatically