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Old 04-13-2008, 09:54 AM
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Affordable PBX Hosted Solution


Hello,

I'm looking for a hosted PBX solution, preferrably Trixbox / Asterisk / FreePBX so that I can run my phone system from it.

I am looking for something that will support unlimited extensions, call queues, IVR, voicemail, etc..

My budget is up to $25/mon, but I would like to find something around $20/mon if possible.

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Old 04-13-2008, 10:10 AM
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I have been using http://www.800pbx.com/ for a while, and it is actually fairly decent

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Old 04-13-2008, 10:16 AM
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Do they support call queues and IVR mostly? Also, how is the support when you need help with something?

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Old 04-13-2008, 10:54 AM
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Do they support call queues and IVR mostly? Also, how is the support when you need help with something?

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Call qeues as in if you have multiple callers? I do not believe it does. IVR? Sorry not familiar with that

Their support is OK. I have never really needed support, but their phone support are not from the USA(think of it like dell support)

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Old 04-14-2008, 09:35 AM
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While a VPS with all the software installed is a little out of your price range at http://lylix.net/ you could get a basic VPS for as little as $10 a month and then run Asterisk & FreePBX on it.

That's what I've done and I've been impressed with both the VPS and the support.

They've got servers in both east and west coast locations too depending on where you're based.

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Old 04-14-2008, 07:21 PM
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Yeah, they charge a rediculous setup fee for these servers.

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While a VPS with all the software installed is a little out of your price range at http://lylix.net/ you could get a basic VPS for as little as $10 a month and then run Asterisk & FreePBX on it.

That's what I've done and I've been impressed with both the VPS and the support.

They've got servers in both east and west coast locations too depending on where you're based.

Matt

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:10 AM
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Used lylix a long time ago, but it just did not work as it should...
Support was GREAT btw. Never had such devoted supporters before.

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:12 AM
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Hi Immeso,

I'm curious - what didn't work as it should?

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Old 04-24-2008, 10:19 AM
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At the time the sound quality was sooo bad.
But i must say it was quite some time ago.

After that i switched to a dedicated PBX, and it was just GREAT!
Clear sound, no chopping sounds... it was much better.

But as i said, the support was amazing, and if they are as good as they where, they might have found a solution to the sound quality issue.

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Old 04-24-2008, 11:30 AM
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What are you planning on doing with your PBX? A hosted Asterisk solution is going to be limited in alot of respects: # of concurrent calls that it will handle, call quality, etc. This is mainly do to that fact that you really don't know how the provider is setting things up. If it's a VPS setup, how many other VPS's are setup on the same node? If it's extension based virtualization then you still don't know how many other "hosted" users are on the system, and what their call volume is. If there's alot of IVR or audio playback, it can require a heavy amount of CPU if not encoded in the proper codec.

I would always suggest putting together your own Asterisk box. That's going to give you the best quality. Plus you'll be in control ;-)

If you're worried about finding a good VOIP carrier, that's plenty out there. A few:

Junction Networks - Been with them for years. Fairly solid, and provide support via email and phone.

Bandwidth.com - Great connections. They are the largest reseller for Level3 Voice termination.

Vitelity.com - They are been pretty good thus far. I have only been using them for a few months.

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:10 PM
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I couldn't agree more although a vps to run Asterisk can be had for as little as $20/month where a colo'd dedicated server obviously costs a little more :-)

So, obviously, it depends on your purpose (and budget!).

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:48 PM
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I agree, Asterisk will run fine on a VPS. But I wouldn't suggest it.

If you want something really cheap, I would get a $10/m VPS from RapidVPS and compile Asterisk on it. It will handle 3-4 concurrent calls, though you might want more ram to make things run smooth.

Another suggestion would be to stay away from "FreePBX" or any of the other dozen GUI's out there. The best way to run Asterisk is via Cli and conf files. Asterisk becomes really fun then!!

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:51 PM
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How much bandwidth do these kind of systems use? does anyone know?

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:55 PM
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How much bandwidth do these kind of systems use? does anyone know?
It depends on the number of concurrent calls, and the codec that's used.

Lyix has a good calculator on their site:
http://lylix.net/trixbox (It's on the right hand side.)

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Old 04-24-2008, 12:55 PM
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have a look here for detailed info - http://www.asteriskguru.com/tools/ba...calculator.php

It reckons 0.02MB/s for 2 calls (1 in / 1 out ) using a high quality codec

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