I'm not sure this question actually belongs in this forum - or in this site at all.
If it doesn't, I apologize in advance, and I'd be glad if someone could suggest an alternative online resource where I could ask.
I'm considering switching from plain ADSL to fiber (FTTC), which would also migrate my telephony services to VoIP. My decision is almost done, but I'd like to have a plan for upgrading my home LAN and my in-house telephone network.
First, the router. I'd prefer an integrated modem/router if possible, unless it implies a lack of features/performance.
My new modem should support current ADSL/VDSL standards (8b, 17a, VPlus/35b), as well as retransmission (G.998.4), vectoring (G.993.5) and SRA (G.993.2).
My new router should have
- At least 4 gigabit ethernet ports for LAN (plus 1 for WAN if the modem isn't integrated).
- Probably at least a couple analog ports for the phones (or is there any sort of external box to make up for lack of analog ports?).
- Good wireless.
- At least 1 USB port for drives etc (2 would be better).
- I'd like a fairly powerful router, with plenty of flash memory and RAM so I can use/experiment with all the packages I fancy without too many memory/CPU constraints.
And of course, it should be a device where OpenWrt is known to work and easy to install! Installing OpenWrt is the first thing I will do when I unpack it.
As for telephony, I have traditional (analog) phones all around the house, and while the next phones I'll buy will be presumably VoIP, in the meantime I'd like to keep that analog network going. Will I need additional hardware for that?
I'm planning on installing an Asterisk server, too. the uses I see now are telemarketer avoidance, in-house interphone use, smart integration of family smartphones into the house telephone network.
If necessary, I would get myself a small dedicated machine for Asterisk - I'm thinking of a micro-server running some form of linux, probably ubuntu. Is it easy to interface an external server with the router, or am I better off running Asterisk directly on the router?
My would-be provider uses the following codecs:G.729, G.711 A-law, G.722, T.38 (for facsimile). I don't know if this is relevant for choosing the hardware, but I don't know anything about VoIP, so I'm providing all the info I have.
- What's your advice for a suitable router/modem solution?
- Should I get a dedicated server for Asterisk?