I made a similar question just over a year ago, but there wasn't yet an integrally OpenWrt solution, so I procrastinated. Now I can't defer anymore. I don't want to fell prey to proprietary solutions, so I need some advice. I live in continental Europe.
I have to switch from plain ADSL to fiber (FTTC), which would also migrate my telephony services to VoIP.
First, modem and router. I'd prefer an integrated modem/router if possible. However, I've read up and found that powerful modern integrated hardware isn't friendly to open source, so I'm open to a proprietary modem.
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?).
- Decent wireless. I have repeaters around, so max power isn't a requirement.
- 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 (e.g., Asterisk).
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?
As an extra, I'm planning on installing an Asterisk server, too. The use I foresee is telemarketer avoidance, in-house interphone use, and smart integration of family smartphones into the house telephone network. Not sure if I can run Asterisk on the router (which would then need POTS interfaces for my old phones) or I need an external box. I'm open.
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?