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I am trying to set up VoIP and I'm not sure where to start. We have a T1 with 6 hunt lines coming through it. They connect to our internal phone system, a Panasonic DBS 824. We also have three stand alone analog lines. I also have a Cisco ATA 186 Analog telephone adapter. How do I connect the phone system to the network so that I can get a dial tone on the Cisco ATA 186 Adapter?
The Panasonic DBS 824 is a traditional PBX system. It is not an IP PBX. You cannot connect a traditional PBX directly to the network. If you're looking to use VoIP inside your company, you should look into upgrading to an IP PBX such as the MX250 from
. If you're looking to keep the Panasonic system and use proprietary digital handsets within the company and just want to connect to a VoIP service provider to get better calling rates, you will likely want to see if you can obtain and connect a couple analog FXO lines from your DBS 824 into the FXS interfaces of the Cisco ATA 186. Some service providers support the ATA 186 using the SIP protocol.