FreePBX Official Distro - hardware selection

Hi there,

I am considering purchasing a laptop to dedicate to run the FreePBX official distro.

Please could anyone advise on whether the following model would be sufficient:

HP 8440p Intel i3 2.4Ghz 4GB DDR3 Memory, 250GB Harddrive, Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I will be maintaining a moderate load of calls, no more than 2 calls at any one time, no more than 20 calls expected per hour.

Sincere thanks guys.

Everything s fine there, in fact way over the top, but


Luckily the installation will send that to where it belongs.

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hahaha, thanks, much appreciated :wink:

I wouldn’t use a laptop. 2.5" drives are notorious for being unreliable and laptops just aren’t designed for 24/7 use. Even with an SSD I’d be worried about heat and general wear and tear issues. I’d go for something like a Proliant Microserver or even an Intel NUC. Or go with a desktop with a big fat spinning 3.5" drive (or two as FreePBX will do software RAID1) or an SSD. I’d also pick up an extra power supply at purchase time just in case.

On a PBX disk I/O is generally limited.

  • Logging
  • Playback of Audio files
  • Recording.

Some of this can be reduced if not needed. People who use single board computers tweak things to reduce and almost eliminate disk io because it can be a fast way to kill an SD card.

For light duty I don’t see any reason a consumer SSD or laptop drive would have any issues. No matter which route you go it is probably best to keep off site backups because frankly you can spend $10 or $10,000 on a hard drive it still may fail.

Thats why I recommended RAID1.