[Asterisk] I need some advice on an Asterisk usage question First a little background...
Several years ago, I set up an Asterisk server at my employer's HQ for internal-company use. The server has a TE110P card in it that interfaces the Asterisk server to an AT&T Merlin PBX. There are two remote employees (me being one) and we use VPNs to the HQ over which our VOIP traffic is passed to the internal phone network through the Asterisk server. We remote folks use an IaXY as our ATA with iax2 protocol to the Asterisk server inside the company HQ. Works good.
The HQ building is in a rural environment. Because it coincidentally is formerly a telephony-industry building, it has "interesting" infrastructure. It has copper phone lines, but it also has direct fiber runs. We use the fiber for the Internet connectivity. The copper is used for voice/fax in/out of the HQ building.
We have an occasional need to use a 56K dialup modem to dial into customer systems also equipped with dialup modems that answer for the point to point session. Unfortunately, the quality of of the copper lines has been degrading over the years and this impacts our success with the dialup modem connections. We have done plenty of diagnostics internally to determine that the issue is NOT inside our HQ building.
Since our Internet connection works well due to the fibre, and because we have an (old) Asterisk server, I am investigating the feasibility of inexpensively moving just the dialup modem to use VOIP. I am thinking that if we engaged a Bring Your Own Device VOIP provided that supports IAX protocol, we could put an IaXY ATA between the modem and the Asterisk server and have it dial out through the Asterisk PBX to the external phone network via the VOIP provider.
So the goal is to cease using the copper lines at the HQ building to call another modem and instead use VOIP for the infrequent modem traffic we need. Not interested in switching all of the company phone numbers to VOIP. Just getting one line working for a modem.
Does the above sound reasonable or have I taken an easy problem and made it needless complicated?
Is there a recommended VOIP provider that matches the requirements?
My own research shows that dialup modem use over VOIP may not be perfect, but it does work. I myself have Uverse VOIP in my home office and I am able to use dialup modems to dial other modems without issue. But I need for the HQ building in another state to work as well as my setup does.
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I use IAXModem (with Hylafax) for faxing. You could probably use it for modems as well. Throughput is going to be horribly slow, but probably good enough for a terminal.
I've always wondered why someone hasn't "invented" a VT100 dial emulator for asterisk. That would be awesome.
If someone refers to herself / himself as a "guru", they probably aren't.
I had actually stumbled over IAXModem earlier today in my research and had downloaded the tar ball from sourceforge. It looks pretty interesting.
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