Updated 6/8/2020 Our criteria for selecting the two best on-premise Asterisk based IP-PBX systems included factors such as the initial expense, as well as the total cost of ownership. An easy to use GUI with built-in how-to help and user friendly configuration were equally important considerations.
NOTE: Both the Grandstream UCM6200 series and Sangoma's PBXact and FreePBX appliances remain today two top expandable on premise IP-PBX solutions. Both manufacturers continue delivering outstanding systems for users who demand robust solutions without extra license fees.
We focused on features, reliability, ease of installation and the ability for self-management and administration. Important factors comprised the ability to expand the system without any license fees and available support from online communities and the manufacturer. Gaining the ability to have capable IT personnel manage the voice side of the LAN, as well as the rest of the network reduces costs.
The ability to utilize many of the available SIP phones on the market and not be married to any particular phone was another significant condition. Although the first choice with a new installation is to include phones from the same manufacturer. Using tested hardware makes for easy installation, a more reliable feature set without hiccups and importantly reliable and straightforward support from the manufacturer. However, many companies may want the options to use other SIP based phones like Polycom, Yealink, or other popular open standard SIP-based IP phones that use open standards.
Lastly, too many times an effective affordable system comes along from a PBX company only to be discontinued. With many changes occurring in the telecom industry, both of our top PBX manufacturers are recognized in the industry for an impressive product line and financial stability.
Recent events have required many companies to initiate changes in work
conditions for social distancing. As managers wade through all the
complexities of establishing operations managing remote employees, it
quickly becomes apparent for the need of the right phone system. The most
effective IP-PBX system is one that is both capable and can be rapidly
expanded without license fees. Both of our top two PBX solutions are
outstanding systems for utilizing remote workers.
Our initial article has been updated with a recent look at both the Grandstream UCM6200 series and Sangoma's PBXact and FreePBX on premise PBX appliances. Since our original recommendations these systems remain top choices for companies who demand a robust in house manageable solution. Keeping with our initial criteria they continue to deliver effective affordable solutions.
Proven to have staying power, Grandstream and Sangoma both have established business models. Offering a line of networking products including their own SIP compliant IP telephones.
Asterisk based UCM6200 IP-PBX series is unquestionably carefully designed to be a
centralized communications solution. Many businesses require communication voice, video, data, or mobility
under one on-premise server. Employing one common network for multiple
endpoints, including video conferencing, video surveillance and facility
access management makes life easier for admin and reduces overall costs and
From the very beginning incorporating a straight forward installation process all the way through to management of the system, Grandstream offers not only a very intuitive GUI, but endpoint products that take the guess work out of compatibility. Zero Config provisioning of Grandstream SIP endpoints. Users have access to direct support from Grandstream, including a large number of how-to videos and documentation and an active online support community.
The 6200 series appliances offer a feature set that is as robust and stable as any IP-PBX on the market. Using a flavor Asterisk on Linux reduces development costs and allows for lower pricing. The systems have been hardened by Grandstream's design team using thorough testing for stability across a multitude of conditions. The UCM62xx series IP-PBX appliances deliver enterprise-grade features without any licensing fees, costs-per-feature or recurring fees. For those that want a robust VoIP only appliance the UCM6200 series offers easy SIP trunk configuration for connecting up to SIP providers and Peer to Peer connectivity. For more about the advantages and cost savings of SIP Trunks. Sip Trunks Explained
Affordability comes without sacrificing quality or advanced solutions. Grandstream offers an award winning array of video conferencing solutions, video surveillance, as well as facility management and a Hotel Management application.
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