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Hey,

I'm not sure if this is the right place but I don't know where else to ask.

I'm looking for a PBX for a small business, we have offices overseas, and currently use Vonage. I wanted to setup a PBX in house, not rent from a host.

Could anyone point me in the right direction or recommend some systems that I could order online and setup myself?

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The Cisco UC500 stuff is usually decent for a small office environment. It comes with CallManager/Unity Express and runs ontop of the router/voice-gateway.

What kind of budget are we looking at?
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The Cisco UC500 stuff is usually decent for a small office environment. It comes with CallManager/Unity Express and runs ontop of the router/voice-gateway.
What kind of budget are we looking at?

Hmm yeah the UC500 looks interesting. Budget is around $500-600 max. Cheaper is better of-course. Could I find something around the $250 range?

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So I was browsing Amazon and I realized my budget was way too low, the UC520 is for 2.5K, whoa! Although I did find this Cisco Unified Communications 320W VoIP Gateway which is closer to my budget.
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Why not go Asterisk?

I use it at home, hell I know a few local businesses that use it as well.
    
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^ There's a few local businesses around here that use that too. You'd just need a VM instance to get the call control portion going.

Keep in mind you'd need to budget in phones, line cards, etc.
A SIP service with single or dual POTS backup depending on the call volume of the office is probably the best reliability for the cost. (and if you have some sort of backup WAN uplink).

You could even do something like receive all of your calls over POTS from the provider but route outbound over the WAN and mask the CID to your actual number so it doesn't tie up those lines. Then if the data circuit dies, nobody really notices as there is a POTS routing rule of lesser priority for those outbound dial-peer/call-routes.

There's generally a lot that goes into a planning an enterprise system.
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Update:

Ended up getting a Cisco UC320W with SPA 303 Phones. Set it up myself, Cisco support sucks but there's enough documentation online and it's not exactly rocket science.


Asterisk was on my list, I guess I was looking into Cisco products too much and it slipped my mind, anyways, every one at work is happy they now have fancy dandy Cisco phones with so many buttons.... they're happy, I'm happy xD

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How much did it run you in total?
    
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The UC320W it self was around $1000, the SPA303 phones were ~50 each, thinking of getting the SPA508 phones since they can handle more lines.
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