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Yocomputaguy
04-10-2009, 06:10 PM
Where can i go to get training for PBX systems...My dad use to install them or ATT, but it was the old Digital/Analog, and Analog PBX systems...Where can i go to get some training...

NTS
04-10-2009, 07:33 PM
That is an excellent question... most training of this sort is obtained by working for a company that has a PBX system or works on them. As I don't think you can just go out on your own and purchase training.

I work in the telecom industry and that is the only way I know of getting this type of experience. Large companies can get the manufacturer to come to their site and certify their techs in specific equipment.

Hope this helps...

PatrickB
04-10-2009, 08:09 PM
Would you consider FreeSwitch/Asterisk a PBX?

http://www.freeswitch.org/

-- Patrick B.

Yocomputaguy
04-11-2009, 04:05 AM
I guess I will have to just have my dad train me...on that then.

NTS
04-12-2009, 04:13 PM
Asterisk is a different story all together... since it is a soft-switch and freely downloadable - one can learn Asterisk using the many freely available resources on the net.

I recommend Trixbox / Asterisk to anyone who wants to get started with VoIP. I actually run my business lines through Trixbox.

Afford-A-Tech
04-13-2009, 03:10 AM
You can also try 3cx
http://www.3cx.com/

NTS
04-14-2009, 11:14 PM
Ahh, I have forgotten all about trixbox. Does trixbox support the calling card feature like regular Asterisk does?

Yes, it does.

iptech
04-14-2009, 11:50 PM
Where can i go to get training for PBX systems...My dad use to install them or ATT, but it was the old Digital/Analog, and Analog PBX systems...Where can i go to get some training...
Are you looking at analogue PBX or Packet Switched systems?

TBH I wouldn't bother with analogue stuff, it'll be gone in a few years, you'd be better off learning the ins and out of the SIP protocol and the learn the basic functionality of PBX systems.

I used to work for a VoIP developer for soft-switches and application server, I also worked with Microsoft Labs in testing their SIP stack against our test server (SIP Center). Back in Y2K it was expected thatg VOiP would be mainstream by the mid-noughties, but not unusually in IT development things have moved much slower, although as we move out of recession I would expect the growth of SIP based VOiP systems to accelerate quite rapidly.

Of the systems I've looked at recently, Asterisk looks promising as an Open Source platform and a likely core system for SMEs. Avoid books that opt for a generalised approach to VoIP abd concentrate on the specifics such as the protocols SIP, RIP and possibly H323, and then the gateways, proxies & UAs & switching applications such as Asterisk.

Check out Sip Center (http://www.sipcenter.com) and VoIP Info (http://www.voip-info.org)