How about a phone system, about the size of a laptop?

How about a phone system, about the size of a laptop, with multiple lines, voice mail, et al, serving an entire office? No only is it practical, but the Open Source software for it is free, using Asterisk on OpenWRT. There's another Open Source project, SIPatH, which complements the Asterisk software which is already finding wide acceptance and will turn a WiFi router with a Broadcom chipset, like the popular Linksys WRT54G into such a phone system.

Here are a few more notes on Asterisk:
Installing Asterisk @ Home
Configuring Asterisk@Home For BroadVoice

And, on Linux computers even smaller than the Linksys and other Broadcom-chipset routers:
Gumstix computers
Alternative single-board Linux computers


Stephen said…
Yeah, the open source stuff works well and it's great that there's a lot of free help for it out there. Some other these telecom companies want to charge an arm and a leg for the simplest little things. I spoke with my buddy who sells business phone systems in Austin and he says that more and more of the phone systems companies are starting to go towards open source just for the ease of use and the ability to change things on the fly. I think it's a great way to go.