Note: More corporate traction the better. Asterisk needs to be brought into the mainstream light so they become a brand associated with business phone systems in conversation. Where is my Polycom branded unit?
Huntsville-based Digium Inc. said Monday that it has formed a partnership with networking giant 3Com Corp. Under terms of the agreement, 3Com will sell Digium's Asterisk Appliance to small businesses that need voice-over-Internet Protocol telephone service.
Digium is the creator of Asterisk open-source software for VoIP. The company's Asterisk Appliance is its first hardware device with imbedded Asterisk software for private-branch exchange, or PBX, phone systems. The appliance supports both VoIP and analog systems, allowing users to keep their current equipment.
Note: I want to get my hands on one of these. I wonder how they compare with Digium's own mainstay.
Rhino has recently released their PCI analog telephony card product line now with on-board echo cancellation. The Rhino FXO and FXS analog telephony product line consists of non-modular (permanently affixed FXS/FXO circuitry) and modular (user defined FXS/FXO module circuitry) to customize your requirements for the Asterisk-based PBX system.
Digium, the primary developer of the Asterisk open-source IP-PBX platform, is about 30 days to 45 days away from launching its first VoIP box for end users, said Steve Harvey, vice president of worldwide sales at Digium, during an interview with CRN this week at the VoiceCon Spring 2007 conference in Orlando, Fla. The company currently offers an appliance-based developer kit.
Note: I found this on another blog. It goes a little more into Digium's Asterisk Appiance and has a photo of the back with a diagram. I am still on the fence if I should purchase one of these to play around with. Today I plan to install AsteriskNow on an old Dell to see how it does. I hope its as easy as Mark said it was in his recent YouTube apperance.
"The Asterisk Appliance is a standalone embedded PBX. Targeted for small to medium businesses (2-50 users), and remote branch offices of larger organizations (2-50 users per site), the Digium Asterisk Appliance will feature the commercially licensed Asterisk Business Edition software and the first Digium-developed Asterisk GUI framework."
Ranch Networks today announced it has developed an RN appliance feature to enable uninterrupted voice over IP calling with servers running Asterisk open source IP PBX software. The new feature, called 1+1 High Availability (HA), switches between two Asterisk servers to ensure that VoIP service is always available.
Melbourne-based distributor and managed services provider, Enabled Networks, has begun importing a new SIP-based IP Telephone from German manufacturer snom Technology AG. The first thing you will notice about this new SIP phone is the price. snom says the snom 300 will enter the market at less than $200 when it is launched next week at CeBit in Sydney.
It’s an entry level VoIP phone with six configurable function keys four of which can be configured as line appearances. Upgrades are available from snom that lets you configure (up to) all six function keys in this way.
The Sipura SPA-3000 is labeled as a 1 Port FXS + 1 FXO Analog Telephone Adapter. Just what that means to non-telephony guru's is anybody's guess. What it does mean is that the SPA-3000 has both a PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) port for plugging in a standard analog telephone line as well as a POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) jack for plugging in a standard analog telephone.
Along with the two telephony jacks, the SPA-3000 is fitted with an RJ45 plug for connecting to your Ethernet network. While the label may not tell you what is so interesting about this unit, what it does is actually very unique. The SPA-3000 can not only act as an ATA (analog telephone adapter) to connect a regular analog phone to a VoIP service provider or VoIP PBX, it can also act as a gateway between the PSTN line and the VoIP Provider.
Rob from gladstonewireless has written a review of the new Grandstream phone:
I've been hounding Grandstream for weeks to get an evaluation GXP-2000 phone. From all the rumours, pictures and variously incorrect information on them, there hasn't been much in the way of real, actual, information on them. Well I've done my best to fix it. I've added a couple of pages to the gladstonewireless.net wiki with my review of the phone, and a list of bugs that I've found so far.
Also, in other news, there is some user-contributed firmware on the PA1688 page - it's in 'attached files' on the wiki, but I'll be tidying it up tonight and linking it from the page. Blame bkw for it, he's been dissecting the code for the last couple of days and is starting to get the hang of it. No news on the Sourceforge project page yet, but, it is a week-long public holiday in China at the moment, so don't expect too much more news this week.