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drinkypoo's Journal: 2+ port router+asterisk server? 14

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I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

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  • No new hardware required. Cost; $0.00

  • I have been thinking of this. I also have Pogo devices. What was unreliable? BTW: How have you configured your Asterisk? For what uses?
    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      Well, I'm running Debian on my pogoplug and it just sucks. I'm gonna re-re-reinstall here and see if I can get basic things like apt-get working again, which just stopped working one day. I'm using asterisk just for personal use, one SIP trunk and a few SIP clients.

      • Way cool.

        I was thinking the same line, maybe sending units to my other frequent locations, and meshing 'em.

        What's your POTS gate connect to?

        • by drinkypoo (153816)

          Well, I'm actually using no POTS right now whatsoever. I've got a Vertical IP6100 (IIRC) phone which works fairly well. All my inside calling stuff works great but nothing from outside works great except caller ID.

          • Got it. Cool. I may get on with my own experiment. As (guffaw) time permits.

            • by drinkypoo (153816)

              I experimented a bit more and got the latest PlugPBX running on my Mobile
              short, short form: twiddle u-boot for a /boot partition, use the kernel you are using with debian with the current PlugPBX beta download. Reconfigure apache and mysql not to use all the RAM.

              • PlugPBX looks good thanks for the tip.

                • by drinkypoo (153816)

                  FWIW, and since I have to reply someplace here, I solved the router part by ordering a RB133 with a level 4 RouterOS license. I will use the R52-350 that I am now using with a RB411 which only has a level 3 license. That will be loaded with OpenWRT, hopefully I can use this here BCM93406MP with that.

  • I have a friend who uses a cheap netbook for his home services. Draws about 9 watts, so it's not terribly inefficient, runs cool.

    Alternately, have you considered a Raspberry pi? Low power, small, headless. Like your pogo, only reliable! :-)

    http://www.raspberry-asterisk.... [raspberry-asterisk.org]

    • by plover (150551)

      Just reading more on IncrediblePBX. http://nerdvittles.com/?p=8222 [nerdvittles.com] He says "run, don't walk, to buy a BeagleBone Black."

      • by drinkypoo (153816)

        Just reading more on IncrediblePBX. http://nerdvittles.com/?p=8222 [nerdvittles.com] He says "run, don't walk, to buy a BeagleBone Black."

        I'm not going to pretend that $50 is a lot of money, but it's five times as much as a pogoplug mobile, if you lurk and hit the right auction. Or brand new, a pogoplug v4 with SATA and USB3 is twenty bucks. Hence my interest in them to begin with. I got two mobiles and a normal v4 for $44 or so, shipped. The normal unit is running my HDD, the two mobiles are going to be redundant asterisk servers. Right now I have plugpbx running on one of them, but I got inspired by that so I'm going to try again to roll my

        • by plover (150551)

          You're finding the pogoplugs are unreliable, yet are acting surprised that's the outcome of paying $10 for a device. The two factors are far more related than you are giving them credit for.

          If you don't want to shell out the $50 for a BeagleBone, you can still get a RaspPi for a $36 buy-it-now price. But you still have to feed it clean power if you want it to be stable, and it probably isn't likely to be the right choice for power-hungry USB modems without adding the cost of a powered hub. However the ex

          • by drinkypoo (153816)

            You're finding the pogoplugs are unreliable, yet are acting surprised that's the outcome of paying $10 for a device. The two factors are far more related than you are giving them credit for.

            Nah. It's a software issue. They're perfectly reliable when you don't mess with them. I think they may have got to the point where they've gotten pretty good, one last try.

            I have a RasPi already and consider it a novelty, I wouldn't use it to serve my phone service. Money not well spent. So yeah, I'd use the beaglebone if I were going that route.

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