Open-Source Asterisk PBX Calls for Consideration

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-01-23 Print this article Print

Review: IP PBX performs well, but complexity increases as implementation grows.

Asterisk 1.2.1 is an extremely flexible IP PBX that provides an excellent range of telephony features, with the added benefit of being available for free under the GNU General Public License. IT implementers will find Asterisk to be a good choice for a pilot voice-over-IP rollout—one that can grow as the project grows. However, due to design and management difficulties in larger networks, administrators of such networks should not move forward without at least investigating a third-party support contract.

Click here to read the full review of Asterisk 1.2.1.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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