I am quite new to FreePBX. However I have installed the software on one of my servers. In the process, I could not make the use out of the FreePBX box. Therefore, I would like to seek the advises from this forum on the following
What all cards/equipment/hardware are required and whom can I approach so that I can make the use of my FreePBX server.
A server for the FreePBX and phones are all what you need to make calls between the phones. If you want to call outside then you will need a Trunk. I use SIP Trunk but there are other options out there.
Can you explain what you did in more details? The configuration and networking can affect the functionality of the server.
Hi. Thanks for your quick response. Well ! I have installed freepbx and since I didn’t get the idea on the hardware requirement, the server is ready with the software only. Coming to phone and sip trunk,where will I get such hardwares? Any vendors that you could recommend? . By the way I am writing from Bhutan. Your help will be appreciated. Thanks.
You could choose any “SIP phone” that you like and fit your needs. If you just want to make and receive calls then a simple phone should work fine. Some SIP phones have colored screen and extra features that come with price. Some brands work better than others with FreePBX. Sangoma (also own FreePBX) phones expected to work better. You can do your search and people here will tell how difficult or easy the phone will work with FreePBX. You could use softphone to install on your computer / laptop (like Blink http://icanblink.com/) or smartphone. You can use it to test your system, by dialing “*43” and you should hear the system repeat what you say, if you do not have physical phone.
Trunk does not necessary need a hardware. This is for getting a phone number to dial in and out your FreePBX. You could use SIP provider and put the information in FreePBX and should work. I am not sure which SIP providers work in your area. I use personally Flowroute https://www.flowroute.com/
Hi there. Thank you again. I will try to follow your advises asap. Should I need your help, I will bother you again. Coming to sangoma, I tried to contact them but could not get their responses as quick as I needed. Perhaps they are busy with volumes of emails and inquiries.
Hi. Sorvani. Thank you for your reply. I have installed two instances of the server. One using freepbx and another inside virtual box (using source code). I could see asterisk running in both the servers. . But after that I am stuck. I could not proceed fearing that I may have to acquire some phones/hardwares to get the server working.
Hi Moussa. Well the software which you recommended icanblink seem to be a commercial one. I tried using ZoiPer in my android phone. I tried connecting to the PBX server from the android phone. I am getting "This could be called domain, Sip server, Registrar or Sip Proxy. For your information, I am testing this server on my private LAN (which do not have any domain for now ). Also, please check my extension configuration attached.
HI massou, I finanlly could manage to connect from my phone using Zoiper. When I dial the mobile number, I am getting the error " Please check the number and dial again". Do I need to put any prefix to the mobile number. In our case, the country code is +975.
I will try this and let you know. On the other hand, it seems like we are on different time zones. At this hour, it’s end of day for us in Bhutan. I will surely get this done and let you. Regarding the trunk , I will see if we have the existing trunk that have been used by our legacy pbx systems.