[Gllug] Asterisk

Peter Childs peterachilds at gmail.com
Tue Apr 4 14:29:55 UTC 2006

On 04/04/06, John Winters <john at sinodun.org.uk> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-04-04 at 13:39 +0000, SteveC wrote:
> [snip]
> > o...k
> >
> > I would like my computer to be a voice answering machine.
> >
> > > Assuming it's a fax modem, I'd just use Hylafax to drive it and
> > > configure that to e-mail me each fax as it comes in.  Then however I
> > > wonder where Asterisk comes in to your question?
> >
> > Because I understand asterisk does a superset of what I want, and might
> > be relevant...?
> I don't think Asterisk is the tool you want.  If all you want to do is
> have your voice/fax modem function as an answering machine + fax machine
> then something like vgetty + Hylafax should do what you want.
> AFAIK, Asterisk doesn't have much truck with modems.  It can *emulate* a
> modem (see IAXmodem) but it's function is a telephone exchange (loosely
> speaking) so it doesn't actually expect to drive modems (except
> connected as client devices - i.e. plugged in like a telephone).
> If you want to interface Asterisk to a POTS telephone line then you need
> an interface card like a TDM400P, which lets you physically connect the
> line (indeed, up to 4 lines) to your computer.  There are also some
> single line cards apparently, but I don't have any experience of them.
> Given Asterisk and a TDM400P you can indeed have a fax + answering
> service and a whole heap more, but I don't think your old modem fits
> into this configuration at all.  Unfortunately TDM400Ps are much more
> expensive.

Hmm what would I need then to run 44 lines and about the same number
of IP phones then.... Thinking of setting up just such one system, (If
its possible and reliable)

Peter Childs
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