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Asterisk + Norstar
#471163 07/05/06 07:58 PM
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Hey guys! Long time no see! I'm back now, after a lot of things going on.

So, here I am, and my current project is to get an Asterisk PBX behind my current in-house Norstar.

I have a vision of being able to use the Asterisk as voicemail, wake-up calls, the 'fiesta' calling feature (your extension is xxx), and all of those. However, I am not wanting to put any phones on the asterisk, just dial an extension number to get the asterisk (if the asterisk is an extension) or the out-side line access code.

My question for the people that have done this already is: There are two cards for the Asterisk, the FXS and FXO. If I want the asterisk to be able to be called into for voicemail and etc and then be able to call out for wake-up calls, how do I need to setup the cards and which cards would work best?

I have ATA2's to use to hook up the Asterisk to the extension if it will work that way or through the Norstar TRUNK port. (All ports are loopstart)

I'd be interested to know what you lot think about this and and ideas with it.

Thanks,

topher


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Re: Asterisk + Norstar
#471164 07/05/06 08:17 PM
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Big K,

I wanna be nice here, but asking for wake-up calls on an in-house system is a little too much. Business can't be that bad, or are you part Maytag?

Re: Asterisk + Norstar
#471165 07/05/06 08:34 PM
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LOL, It's my personal system. I just think it's a neat feature that comes with Asterisk. I'm more interested in the Auto-Attendant and VoiceMail. I have guests a lot and think it would be awesome to have neat features for em. (not to mention myself.)


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#471166 07/05/06 09:03 PM
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I use wake up on my Tadiran all the time for an alarm clock.

Re: Asterisk + Norstar
#471167 07/05/06 11:08 PM
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It's something I think I would use Coral Tech. Seems like a good idea.

So, I've been reading and I think I can use an FXO card and hook the Norstar extension to the Asterisk pstn line. Hopefully, with that setup and can use the features there. If I'm horribly mistaken, someone let me know before I buy the wrong card 0_o


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#471168 07/06/06 08:39 AM
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Okay. Here I am thinking that for the Asterisk to pickup the calls it has to have the FXO card and have the Norstar extension act like a regular phone line. I'm not sure how Asterisk but I'm worried that you can only use the features on the extension lines.


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#471169 07/06/06 11:03 AM
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The FXO port would connect to the ATA from the Norstar, acting like a CO coming into the Asterisk box. I haven't worked in Asterisk, but I don't see why you couldn't use all of the features you want through an FXO port. How else would Asterisk provide integration with message waiting lights etc.

If you do need to use a feature that can only be used through an FXS port, perhaps you could connect an unused CO port on the Nortel to an FXS port and have the Asterisk dial in that way.

I would get a card with at least one FXS port so you have some options to play with.

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#471170 07/06/06 11:42 AM
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Awesome, thanks clinton.

The way I was thinking was: Most of the Asterisk features are supposed to be for the asterisk extensions, so im not sure if they could be accessed through the CO port. But, hooking up both of them like that sounds like a good idea. Asterisk can just be Line 3 on the norstar, and extension 227.


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#471171 07/06/06 03:12 PM
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The only bad part is that Asterisk has to receive calls through the ATA/station port from the Norstar. Nortel ATA's won't pass any CID information so you are losing that feature.

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#471172 07/06/06 03:58 PM
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I'm not too interested in Caller ID since my norstar doesn't have that feature yet either.


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