Asterisk VoIP Phone Systems, pt. 2

Asterisk VoIP phone systems offer significant benefits for businesses. If you are interested in VoIP phone systems support, contact OAC Technology today. We are based in Minneapolis, MN.

VoIP Network

One of the more popular choices for powering VoIP phone systems, Asterisk is an open source software application that emulates the functionality of traditional PBX (private branch exchange) telephone systems. It allows companies to place calls over the internet using VoIP and over the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN).

Asterisk can run on Linux, BSD or Mac OS X servers. There is also a port available that runs on 32-bit Windows. Due to its open source nature, bug fixes and improvements are being continuously rolled out, making it a solid and robust telephony solution. Some of the features available include voicemail, directory service, call queuing, conferencing, three-way calling, caller ID, phone menus and call distribution. It also supports a host of different protocols, including VoIP, SIP and H.323.

While no additional hardware is required to utilize VoIP service, networks running Asterisk need to install hardware to enable it to work with PTSN or analog phones. Because of Asterisk’s wide support of different protocols and hardware, the migration process from a PBX system to VoIP can be done all at once or in stages, which allows network administrators flexibility during the planning, testing and implementation processes. Some companies choose to run a hybrid PBX/VoIP network, taking advantage of the strengths of each.

Because Asterisk is open source, many hardware packages or telephony bundles you find through phone providers include Asterisk–either in its original version or modified to work with the hardware provided.

If your company is looking to reduce costs, a VoIP solution powered by Asterisk may be the right choice for you. OAC Technology in Minneapolis, MN has been helping small- to medium-sized businesses save on telephony bills for 10 years. We can help your technology meet your business needs while maximizing your IT dollars at the same time. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your telephone bills and make recommendations on ways to save without sacrificing reliability or function.

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