Asterisk PBX so many choices, where to begin?



  • So while on vacation I will have some time to start "playing" with Asterisk based PBX options, more for my own education than anything. Being a linux Noob (thanks @scottalanmiller for your excellent education series, saved my butt a couple times) and coming from Lync/Skype4Business, I'm looking for the "best" direction of PBX software to broaden my horizons. Install will be a local VM on my test [email protected] with 2 or 3 Polycom Soundpoint IP hard phones and whatever softphone I can get to work. What dist would be a good starting point? I found a old thread comparing Elastix to FreePBX (https://mangolassi.it/topic/5151/elastix-or-freepbx-and-why) but definitely dated as Elastix 4 is out. I have also found things like Xvio/IncrediblePBX (care of the Nerd Vittles website). I am leaning towards FreePBX as that seems to be what everyone is running for production systems. Let me know your thoughts and thanks in advance for replying!



  • I love my FreePBX :-)



  • FREEPBX!!!! We use this is most of our customer systems. We have a few customers still on Elastix from way back but are slowly moving them over to freepbx.


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    Definitely FreePBX


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    Someone asked this yesterday on SW.

    This was my answer to the OP there.

    I would never use Elastix any longer. They really dropped the ball on their distrobution.

    For a new to Asterisk person, I recommend that you go with simple and straightforward by using FreePBX installed via ISO.

    PBX in a Flash is a solid solution but they have their own agenda when it comes to how FOSS the FreePBX GUI is. They make and optionally include a large number of customizations that will honestly over complicate your install. For an experienced user, these are some really nice features, but they increase the learning curve.

    Notes:

    Asterisk is the PBX itself.

    FreePBX is a GUI that goes on top of Asterisk. This GUI is used by distros such as Elastix, FreePBX, and PBX in a Flash.

    Elastix is an Asterisk distro.

    PBX in a Flash is an Asterisk distro.

    FreePBX is also now (it did not used to be) a full Asterisk distro.



  • Never got a chance to work on PBX, if i need to setup FreePBX what would be the basic requirements? Just a basic setup, connect some softphones and may be if possible get this softphone used to make outgoing calls other than to extensions. what would i need to setup this at home?



  • @Ambarishrh said in Asterisk PBX so many choices, where to begin?:

    Never got a chance to work on PBX, if i need to setup FreePBX what would be the basic requirements? Just a basic setup, connect some softphones and may be if possible get this softphone used to make outgoing calls other than to extensions. what would i need to setup this at home?

    Do you want to do it just for inhouse calling? If you don't you would need to look at purchasing a SIP trunk from a provider. Or just using Google Voice like I had setup in the past.



  • I would be interested to make calls outside. Here in the UAE they have pretty strict policies on VOIP. I use a voip service called Nymgo with PrivateInternetAccess VPN, but would be great if i can use a provider and try this from the PBX. Not sure if google voice works outside US



  • @Ambarishrh said in Asterisk PBX so many choices, where to begin?:

    I would be interested to make calls outside. Here in the UAE they have pretty strict policies on VOIP. I use a voip service called Nymgo with PrivateInternetAccess VPN, but would be great if i can use a provider and try this from the PBX. Not sure if google voice works outside US

    Sorry, I keep forgetting about the outside the US thing.


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