Re: Home PBX

Has anyone heard or have any experience with a company called SOHO-PBX?

> They are selling small PBX on ebay and have a website,
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I am looking for exactly what they have, but hate to just jump into > buying one (at around $80) without any information. It appears that > they are centered in Hong Kong. It doesn't look like they are selling > a bunch of their products on ebay, possibly due to the low cost and > high shipping (ex. $10 for the pbx, $70 -- depending on model -- to > get it shipped to USA) Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. > [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: If you are seeking a _small_ PBX with a > lot of programmable features (it defaults to 2 external lines and 6 > extensions; is intended _not_ for heavy traffic but rather for covering > a large amount of space with the ability to call between 'extensions' > and 'forward' the same extensions around in a flexible way and is > totally modular, then you might want to consider 'Totalcom', a small, > relatively light-weight unit which can hang on a wall in a closet > somewhere distributed by Mike Sandman
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in his latest catalog. Mike is out of Roselle, IL and he does give > very good customer service. It is not the least expensive either, but > does a very good job. Totally non-blocking, and you can program many, > many features. The one I have from him has a thirty-page manual with > programming instructions, which are all done from a touch-tone phone > which serves as an 'operators console'. He gets around $350 for his > unit, but, as noted, is totally modular, take it out of the box, plug > it in, and use it with no programming at all if you wish. As defaulted, > either of the two incoming lines ring through on the 'operator' > station, which is extension 100, also aliased to '0' from internal > use. As defaulted, the extensions are 100 through 105, with > extensions 106 and 107 also aliased to 'dial 9' and/or 'dial 8' for > outgoing calls. With no programming at all, 'dial 9' simply toggles > between whatever line is plugged into port 106 and 107 (or if you have > two outgoing calls at one time)to each of them. One small programming > change allows '9' to force calls out on one line, and '8' to force > calls out on the other line. (I do it that way, with my 'local' > Prairie Stream line going out on '9' and my Vonage line going out on > '8'.) Incoming calls on either Vonage or Prairie Stream ring through > a common audible to extension 100, but can be picked up from any > extension by dialing '*70'. It is not, strictly speaking a PBX; it is > more correctly, a 'line sharing device', and I have a bunch of modems > sharing 'extension 105' with my fax machine on extension 104. I use > extensions 100, 101, 102, and 103 around my house. For my needs, it is > ideal, or maybe even a little bit overkill. With me, it is not a > question of massive amounts of phone traffic, but my own inability to > move quickly as needed to get to a ringing phone and also to have my > Vonage long distance line and my local line both in easy reach from > any phone in the system. PAT]
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