How to Build Your Own Home Phone Server

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playball25

I got everything setup but when I go to setup the account with X-Lite 4 and test it says:

'Account failed to enable

Account: Account 1 could not be enabled.

Problem at server, error 403. Try again later.'

This is on my mbp but I'm also getting the same message from my Windows laptop.  Both firewalls are turned off on the mbp and the Windows laptop.  I turned off the firewall on my Linksys router as well and I have to wait 3-5 business days to get a new gateway (modem/router) from Comcast so that I can log into that and turn that firewall off as well. That is the only firewall that is on in this entire setup. I did try testing from the laptop with exceptions in the firewall for X-Lite and for port 5060 as it shows in the 'FreePBX' server web page.

The message I'm getting when setting up the account info on the Windows laptop is:

'Account failed to enable.

Account: Account 1 could not be enabled.

Unknown error. Contact your administrator.'

Please help.. I have come this far and I have everything else in place.

I have a post here on X-Lite 4's forum http://forums.counterpath.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=19613 but no reply yet and I registered with PIAF's forum but was banned forever immediately and have no clue why. I emailed the admins to see what's up with that.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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rgalverson

Very intersting article, although I would have liked more info on how/why stuff worked.  pbxes.org now has an easier way for SIP to access google talk.  I can't figure how to set it up manually, but sipdroid on my phone did it for me.

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wildo2ne

Ok,

 

I got into the admin and setup extention 701, I can interact with the phone system but cannot make any calls out and some of the interal dial numbers like the demo 3366 number does not work, any suggestions?

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batherton

When you say things don't work, can you be more specific? Do you hear anything on the line when you dial a number or the 3366 demo number? Not having the 3366 number work at all would be quite strange and could indicate that something went wrong with the install.

Does the phone on extension 701 (I assume it is an X-lite client) show that it is registered? The icon in the taskbar should be green.

If you set up a second extension, can you call between those numbers?

As far as outgoing calls are concerned, I'm guessing you are talking about using Google Voice for outgoing calls. Note that you can also use an ATA like the SPA-3102 to hook up your land line to Asterisk and make outgoing calls there as well. There are two sections for configuration you should look at. The first place is the Trunks section. Is there a trunk for Google Voice. If you followed the setup instructions correctly, there should be a couple of trunks with "gvoice" in their name. The one that is just labelled "gvoice" should have trunks associated with it.

Now look at the Outbound Routes section. You should have some routes that use Google Voice. Look at the prefix section to see which digits to dial to get an outside line using Google Voice. You may need to dial "48" and then the 10 digit number. You can set up other routes using other prefixes and patterns, if you wish. Personally, I set up separate outbound routes for emergency numbers, toll free numbers, local calls, calls to North America, and calls to overseas. For each one I can set the trunks that are used, in the order I want them tried.

You don't mention whether your server can now receive incoming calls. Is that working for you?

 

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wildo2ne

I am getting stuck on getting into the admin section of the setup, it keeps asking me for a username and password.

 

I have tried all the passwords that I had setup, I have tried combinations of usernames of root, admin, Admin, Root, Administrator, administrator and nothing works, any suggestions?

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batherton

Try using the username "maint". If you have forgotten the password associated with this user, rerun the passwd-master script to reset the passwords.

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Zor

Wondering if this would work on 700MHz Pentium II? If so, should I upgrade my 10/100 NIC?

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batherton

The main CPU cost with a phone server lies in the transcoding of audio. So long as you aren't going for heavy duty compression, your old 700MHz machine is likely to be able to keep up with a few calls no problem. Make sure you use ulaw (aka G.711) encoding.

 

Your NIC can complicate this. If you want to handle a lot of calls at the same time, you can saturate your bandwidth without using heavier duty compression. Fortunately, a 100Mbps Fast Ethernet connection is likely to handle anything you are likely to encounter in the home for call volume.

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Hanjin

I was checking out the Ned Vittles site and come accross this link http://nerdvittles.com/?p=718.  This is very interesting alternative.  Check out the section about RentPBX.com.  I sign up with them.  It save a lot of time.  I can skip most of the tutorial.  I just have to run the incredible script that was made for RentPBX. It should be good for those who can not manage to get old PC too.

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JBerkeley

Small and medium businesses are also using Asterisk/trixbox/SwitchVox more and more. I used to moonlight as an IT consultant a few semesters ago and ended up installing quite of few of them. Remote offices, teleworkers and remote administration are all MUCH easier with a VoIP based phone system. Using analog (traditional) phones may work in the home environment but for business, VoIP phones are the only way to go (they call them SIP phones in the article). You won't be able to use all the features on an analog phone, like you would a VoIP phone. Caller ID or transfer may not work on an analog handset. Its amazing to see how many VoIP handsets are available now. Wireless, HD voice, color touch screens, all over the place. http://www.voiplink.com/VoIP_Phone_s/397.htm A few years back you were lucky to get a monochrome LCD display!

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BAMT

Awesome guide.

Also be aware that FXS PCI cards can be had for less than $100, even retail. They allow you to hook analog phones right up to the PBX. An example is the OpenVox A400P10 which goes for $90 from manufacturer.

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