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How to Build an Embedded Asterisk IP-PBX

The goal of the Free Telephony project project is to build open telephony hardware and software. Both the hardware and software are open. Anyone is free to copy, modify and re-use the hardware designs. The hardware for a complete embedded Asterisk IP PBX (including multiple analog ports or a T1/E1) can be built for as low as $100. No PC required!

The project has recently released the IP04 - an IP-PBX with 4 analog ports that costs a fraction of equivalent (closed hardware and software) commercial units.

The presentation will discuss the technology components of an embedded IP-PBX, including trade offs and benefits over x86 based Asterisk machines. Hardware hacking using Linux tools will be discussed, and the current status of the Free telephony Project presented.

Project: Free Telephony Project 


David Rowe

David Rowe has 20 years experience in the development of DSP-based telephony and sat-com hardware/software. David has a wide mix of skills including software, hardware, and project management including a PhD in DSP theory. He has held executive level positions in the sat-com industry (www.dspace.com.au) and has built and successfully exited a small business (www.voicetronix.com). However he has decided he is better at debugging machines than people so currently chooses to hack telephony hardware and software full time.

David Rowe

David Rowe has 20 years experience in the development of DSP-based telephony and sat-com hardware/software. David has a wide mix of skills including software, hardware, and project management including a PhD in DSP theory. He has held executive level positions in the sat-com industry (www.dspace.com.au) and has built and successfully exited a small business (www.voicetronix.com). However he has decided he is better at debugging machines than people so currently chooses to hack telephony hardware and software full time.

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