With VOIP starting to hit the big time in homes around the world, its use in commercial areas is starting to become more widespread too. VIA has announced a new partnership with the guys at ArenaTalk to provide the hardware for their new PBX system.
The EPIA motherboard is housed in a Tranquil chassis, and runs the Asterisk software platform, an open source PBX solution. The basic package runs an ML6000 motherboard, which has a 600MHz VIA Eden CPU inside, running with just a heatsink, keeping noise to a minimum.
What does all this mean? Well, it means that anyone can have a VOIP-based multiple phone line system in their home for next to nothing - well, comparatively. The basic package starts at just over £400 and allows you to have 8 separate phone lines, as well as lovely extras like music for when people are on hold. Haven't you always wanted to blast out some System of a Down at callers?
If you're running a small business, the cost of a normal, commercial phone system can be astronomical. A VOIP solution - providing you have a fast net connection, of course - can be a simple answer to your telephone blues.
Check out the ArenaTalk
page, the VIA
homepage, and while you're at it, why not check out some of the funky case mods at Mini-ITX.com
Got a neat application for VOIP? Fancy having your own switchboard? Love the fanless neatness of the EPIA? Let us know your thoughts!