October 16, 2009

IBM Offers Asterisk PBX with Smart Cube Office-in-a-Box

Small businesses can buy open source IP PBX Asterisk software as an add-on to IBM’s Smart Cube office-in-a-box package. Digium, which sells a commercial version of Asterisk, customized it to integrate with Smart Cube’s software, making the phone system manageable via Smart Cube’s management interface.

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July 01, 2009

Digium releases TCE400B Voice Compression Card for Asterisk PBX

Digium, Inc., today released the TCE400B PCI Express card for use with voice applications based on the open source Asterisk telephony platform. The new card provides hardware-based voice compression and decompression (codec) capabilities to shift transcoding from software to hardware. Using the TCE400B in place of a software-only solution places fewer demands on servers and frees up Asterisk to more efficiently process calls and to provide functionality for phone systems such as call recording, conference calling and interactive voice response (IVR).

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June 09, 2008

Digium rolls out SwitchVox AA300 PBX Appliance with T1/PRI Support

Digium, today announced that it has executed on the initial planned build-out of the Switchvox appliance family with the release of the Digium Switchvox AA300 appliance. The new product, a flexible, easy-to-use IP PBX, gives companies with up to 150 users a turnkey business telephone solution based on Asterisk software. It is the latest offering from Digium following that company’s fall 2007 acquisition of Switchvox.

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April 02, 2008

Asterisk Appliance Roundup

The proliferation of open source, Asterisk-based, IP PBX software platforms has lead to demand for inexpensive, telco-grade hardware appliances. There are likely more than a dozen manufacturers who offer dedicated server / appliance hardware, in a variety of form factors, for use with popular platforms including Asterisk, Trixbox, Elastix and others.

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October 09, 2007

3Com to Resell Digium's Asterisk Appliance

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.

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May 04, 2007

Rhino Releases New Analog FXO/FXS PCI Cards with Onboard Echo Cancellation

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.

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March 19, 2007

Trixbox Asterisk Appliance

The trixbox Asterisk Appliance is the only solution designed for trixbox by trixbox. It comes pre-loaded, tested, and configured with the latest version of the trixbox telephony application platform. It’s stocked with hand-selected hardware to give you the highest quality phone calls with VoIP, digital, analog connectivity options.

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March 12, 2007

Digium Preps Open-Source VoIP Appliance

Open-source VoIP vendor Digium this week unveiled its first formal channel program, a move that foreshadows its forthcoming launch of a line of channel-friendly appliances.

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.

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January 25, 2007

PIKA Connect for Asterisk adds support for PrimeNet T1/E1 Gateway Board

Note: Danny Sullivan sent this release from PIKA.  Thanks Danny.
PIKA Technologies Inc., announced today the release of a new version of its PIKA Connect for Asterisk software package.  Among the improvements and new features it contains, this release allows Asterisk users to take advantage of the DSP-quality software-based echo cancellation offered by PIKA's PrimeNet T1/E1 Gateway board and PIKA Connect for Asterisk software.

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January 24, 2007

The Asterisk Appliance Developer Kit - Overview

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."

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November 22, 2006

Critical Links' edgeBOX - Asterisk Based

To examine our next product architecture, we take another trip across the Atlantic to visit Critical Links and their edgeBOX product. Critical Links is a wholly owned subsidiary of Critical Software SA. Established in 1998, it has over 100 employees and headquarters in Portugal, plus subsidiary offices in the UK and USA.

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November 06, 2006

Redfone announces foneBRIDGE2 T1/E1 PRI-to-Ethernet Bridge

Note:  These are great liitle boxes for Asterisk setups where you need more redundancy options. 
Redfone Communications, LLC, is a VoIP technology company dedicated to providing ingenious network integration solutions to developers and installers in a growing industry. Redfone announces our next generation foneBRIDGE2 T1/E1 PRI-to-Ethernet Bridge device, scheduled for shipping December '06.

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November 02, 2006

Sangoma Shipping A102d T1/E1 PCI Cards with Echo Cancellation

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, a provider of connectivity hardware and software products for VoIP, TDM voice, WANs and Internet infrastructure, announced today that the A102d, a dual port E1/T1/PRI card with carrier-grade echo cancellation, is now shipping.

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October 27, 2006

Polycom and Digium Partner to Offer Integrated SIP-Based Telephony Solution for Small/Medium Business Market

Note: Being a strong Polycom supporter (Certifed Reseller) I think this is big new.  I am just sitting here drooling on myself while reading this.  The more and more I think about the possiblities if they pull this off right.  I hope with all this video talk along with Asterisk, Polycom will also integrate there video presense solutions to work with Asterisk in some way.  Anyway, I like what I am reading and look to see how it is executed.
Polycom, Inc., the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, and Digium Inc., the Asterisk company, today announced a multiyear agreement to develop and market integrated, SIP-based telephony solutions for small and medium-sized businesses which will give SMB customers a tightly integrated, standards-based solution with simplified provisioning, broad support for Asterisk telephony features on the Polycom phones and the delivery of new capabilities such as Polycom's breakthrough HD Voice quality.

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Ranch Networks Provides Optimal VoIP Solution to Intermedia Marketing Solutions 1,000 Seat Call Center

Ranch Networks, provider of networking appliances designed to facilitate carrier and enterprise grade VoIP deployments, today announced that Intermedia Marketing Solutions will be implementing the Ranch Networks RN series of appliances across its five call centers. The Ranch Networks RN series of appliances provide Intermedi@ Marketing Solutions with Ranch Networks unique features such as VoIP Matrix Technology™, 1+1 High Availability, and Media Bridging.

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August 09, 2006

Astribank 32 released - 32 FXS Channel Bank

Astribank is the easy and professional way to connect Asterisk severs to the world of traditional telephony. It is a smart channel bank for an Asterisk PBX that provides 32 FXO/FXS ports, 4 input ports and 2 output ports (I/O ports are used for operating external devices via the telephone and vice versa).

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June 05, 2006

TI's DSP Powers Grandstream Networks' GXP-2000 Enterprise IP Phone

Continuing to accelerate the IP multimedia device market, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), announced today that its high performance, low power TMS320C5501 digital signal processor (DSP) was selected by Grandstream Networks for the GXP-2000, a next generation enterprise SIP phone.

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May 10, 2006

Sangoma A108 Card Released - High Density E1/T1

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, a provider of connectivity hardware and software products for VoIP, TDM voice, WANs and Internet infrastructure, has introduced its new A108 Series PCI cards to support high density voice and data applications. At 8 T1/E1 ports, the A108 has the highest T1/E1 density available on a PCI card.

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May 08, 2006

Ranch Networks Improves Call Reliability with Asterisk

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.

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May 06, 2006

New SIP Based IP Phone To Launch At CeBit


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.

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April 30, 2006

Two SIP hardphones for your Asterisk PBX

Considering the Asterisk PBX in your SOHO, but unsure of which Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) hardphone to buy? Here's a look at two different models to help you decide which might be better for your home office: the Grandstream BT-101 or the Zultys ZIP2x2. 

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February 28, 2006

Xorcom TS-1 solid state Asterisk server released

TS-1 is an out-of-the box Asterisk based iPBX. Its 100% solid state architecture provides maximum reliability for the long run. Configuration and set-up are possible from distant locations via a Web management portal and do not require connection of keyboard and monitor. For more advanced features, the TS-1 offers SSH or direct (keyboard and monitor) access to the system menus.

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May 18, 2005

A pipe length tester for TDM400 cards

I finally put together a simple program for testing what happens to the pipe length out from software, through a TDM400 card, and back to software again. I haven't done much with it yet, or really studied in depth if there are pitfalls in what I have done. However, you can grab the current source from ftp://ftp.soft-switch.org/pub/sliptest.c, and compile it with

gcc sliptest.c -lspandsp

(which, obviously, means you need spandsp installed). When you run it, you need to give it a parameter which is the channel number of a circuit on a TDM400 card. Don't have anything plugged into the card. The software listens to the echo of what it sends. When it runs, it lists 50 loop lengths per second. The loop lengths are measured in audio samples.

The initial results I get are odd. I suspected I might get jumps of 1, 8 or 160 samples. These seem to be the significant sizes of things in the zaptel world. However, I get a variety of oddly sized changes, that I haven't yet explained.

The loop length is evaluated by looking for the peak in the cross-correlation of the Tx and Rx signals. This isn't foolproof, so you may get a few samples which hiccup a little. However consistent changes in loop length are real.

Treat this code as an interesting (or possibly very dull) experiment, rather than a proof of anything.


May 13, 2005

Sipura SPA-3000 Reviewed

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.

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May 06, 2005

Grandstream GXP-2000 reviewed

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.

Click Here

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.


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