[CentOS] Voice/Fax Modem advice

Thu Oct 5 17:59:52 UTC 2017
hw <hw at gc-24.de>

me at tdiehl.org wrote:
> On Wed, 4 Oct 2017, hw wrote:
>> Jose Maria Terry Jimenez wrote:
>>> El 4/10/17 a las 17:45, david escribi?:
>>>> Folks
>>>> A have a PCIe modem (Conexant ChipSet, PCI id = 14f1:2f83.  It interfaces to my land-line (POTS) telephone line in the United States.  On Windows, I had a good answering machine package (Ventafax) that reported CallerID, recorded messages, sent/received fax, and had a scripting language that let me say "To leave a message for Alice, press 1; to leave a message for Bob, press 2", etc.
>>>> I'm trying to move this function to a Centos-based system without going to the expense or complexity of Asterisk (expense because of specialized telephony cards).
>>>> My research found a driver (at www.linuxant.com), but it required that I recompile the driver.  I got absolutely lost trying to follow the directions which seemed to be steering me towards a custom Kernel.
>>>> So, my question to the group wisdom is:
>>>> - Is there any hope in trying to find a suitable driver for this device without building a custom kernel?  And if a custom "module" is needed, I might need help compiling it.
>>>> - Is there a inexpensive modem that Centos 7 supports with the needed functions?  and maybe some software applications that might help?
>>>> Thanks in advance.
>>>> David
>>> Hello
>>> You can install an Asterisk with a "mini-gateway" like http://www.grandstream.com/products/gateways-and-atas/analog-telephone-adaptors/product/handytone-503 And is not so complex write a dialplan for the functions you say. There is many tutorial over the HT503 and Asterisk in the wild!
>> A SPA122 ATA from Cisco might be useful as a gateway, they are cheap.
>> You?d be using it kinda in reverse, but I don?t see why that shouldn?t
>> be possible.
>> Other than that, specialized cards have come down in prices, probably
>> because ppl aren?t using them anymore.  You might also want to look
>> into Patton gateways, but they tend to be rather pricy and are a hell
>> to set up unless you?re familiar with all the phone-related stuff.
>> If your internet connection is decent, it might be a good idea to give
>> up the POTS line and use a VOIP provider instead, with a asterisk
>> connected to it.  It would be the easiest way by far.
>> Asterisk isn?t too complicated for getting basic phone services to work
>> on which you can expand over time; you only need to overcome the few
>> first steps.  Since a Centos package for asterisk is missing, you may
>> want to compile it yourself, which is easy.  However, I had to disable
>> one of the drivers/features of asterisk in the build config because
>> there?s a bug that makes asterisk fail when that feature/driver is
>> enabled --- I left everything else enabled and don?t know what most of
>> the stuff is ...
> The http://nerdvittles.com/ stuff I referenced earlier gives you the choice
> of Installing on Centos 6/7, Debian 8 or Raspberry PI. They even have virtual
> box VM's available.
> See http://wable-repo.wardmundy.net/incrediblepbx/ for a list of all of the
> choices.

I´m not sure what you´re trying to say; I neither have a facebook account, nor
a cell phone, and I don´t understand why cell phones aren´t VOIP clients that
can simply be used with asterisk.