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Using VoIP at Home with Asterisk?

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on May 27, 2008 · 2 comments

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I’m curious if anyone is using VoIP at home with service from a commercial VoIP provider and integrated with Asterisk. I’m one of the younger generation who hasn’t had a home phone in several years. The last year that I have one was only so that I could have DSL and a fax at home. My work-issued cell phone is what I use for all of my phone calls.

I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up an Asterisk box at home lately. I don’t really need to but, then again, when has need ever dictated something a geek does? Because I wouldn’t really be using that much, though, I’m looking for something cheap.

What I’d like to do is just use VoIP at home without being tied in to any vendor-specific hardware (i.e. if I switch providers, I still want to be able to use it), and to be able to purchase an “x minutes/month” plan. I want something that’ll integrate with Asterisk and give me a fixed number of minutes per month for a fixed cost. I’d probably pick up a couple of Cisco IP phones to use.

If I can get that working, I have another house in another town that I’d connect as well. It has dry DSL, so there’s no actual phone there (I’m only there once every few weeks). I’d put a Cisco router in there, set up an IPSec VPN between the two locations, and put a Cisco IP phone there as well (assuming the latency and jitter are okay).

I’ve briefly looked into Broadvoice and Packet8 and would be interested in any opinions or recommendations.

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