So - What is plugpbx anyways
PlugPBX was started to provide the world with an easy way of getting FreePBX and Asterisk working on the SheevaPlug. A newer iteration of the platform, known as the GuruPlug is now working thanks to the hard work of some of its newer users online. Both devices offer low cost, low power platforms with no moving parts, and systems that users can alter and modify at will, unlike conventional embedded platforms that are ‘compiled’ and flash in a read-only boot-able static image – much like conventional home broadband routers
Small, green, and smart. We’re talking a server class phone system on a 3 watt computer the size of a drinking box, the software is free, all you have to do is flash it onto a SD memory card, insert, and power on your SheevaPlug once setup properly!
PlugPBX is based entirely on free and on open source software and as such is itself entirely open and free in every sense. We welcome all collaboration and making it better in every sense. Community is everything!
The SheevaPlug is a low power (typically 3 watt) device with a small form factor, made by several manufacturers which is an ‘open’ platform to work on. Its typically available for around $99 USD online and considering its power savings verses a typical desktop computer for Asterisk Telephone systems, is a much greener and cheaper solution in the long term.
Not only is this system a capable phone system, but an out of box LAN network file server, web server, SQL server – and can be easily extended using Debian’s apt-get system to install additional features almost effortlessly.
Install Bluetooth via USB so your phone system can track who’s home and decide where to forward calls based on your Cell Phones Bluetooth presence, add a USB web cam to watch the kids, plug in a USB hard drive to provide file server services to your house. The SheevaPlug is not just for phone systems too
We waste too much space, and power with computers in our home. Turn your Desktop off, put it to sleep – Let your 3 watt computer(s) handle the server stuff.