The Raspberry Pi phone system – All you need to know! (Video review)

Posted on September 7th, 2020 by Amy Elliott, Head of Content

All computing enthusiasts and self-proclaimed IT nerds know about the Raspberry Pi and it’s incredible capabilities. But did you know you can install and run an entire phone system on this tiny device?

IT expert and YouTuber NetworkChuck grabbed himself a Pi and set to work installing 3CX. As he documented, it takes just minutes to get the phone system up and running! He also shows us how easy it is to create and provision new extensions on the smartphone apps and IP phones. Check out the video below to see how easy it really is and get Chuck’s thoughts on the system, and read on to find out more about 3CX on a Raspberry Pi.

What you’ll need for a 3CX installation on Raspberry Pi:

  • Raspberry Pi 3B+
  • 32+GB Class 10 Micro SDHC
  • Raspberry Pi compatible 2.5 Amp Micro USB power supply
  • Optional: Raspberry Pi compatible case preferably with heatsink(s) and cooling fan – this is recommended when using the Pi for sustained heavy network traffic

Why 3CX on Raspberry Pi?

It’s an easy to manage and cheap solution for small business set ups. You can pick up a Raspberry Pi for as little as $50, pair it with a 3CX Standard 8SC license for free, and get your SIP trunk for outbound calls. You don’t even need to purchase any additional devices, such as IP phones, as you can simply use the 3CX web app or smartphone apps for iOS and Android. What’s more, you’ll be doing your bit for the planet (and your wallet!) with a more energy efficient solution. The average server consumes 20.4kWH daily – the same amount that the Pi consumes in a whole year!

Will it work for my company?

The 3CX Raspberry Pi solution is ideal for small companies and organizations that only need a maximum of 8 simultaneous calls. It will get you 16+ extensions and 8 BLF settings for each one to boot. So if you’re:

  • An SME with limited resources
  • A small organization in need of a reliable, cheap and easy to use internal communications system
  • A business owner working out of a home office wanting a separate, private business line

Then 3CX on the Raspberry Pi would work for you.

Check out the Raspberry Pi configuration guide for more info and let us know all about your setups in the comments or on social media!

Sourced from: 3CX Blog. View the original article here.

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