The only active part of the splitter is goign to your telephones. Essentially the "DSL" side of your splitter is just passing the line straight through. The filtering is only needed when you add non-DSL items to the same loop.
The service you are looking for may also be known as "dry loop" DSL...
Option 1: Assuming you use MoCA (coax WAN port) Turn on RFC Bridging mode on the VZ router and plug your personal router into the VZ router.
Option 2: Ask VZ to switch your WAN to the ethernet port in the ONT and then plug your router's WAN straight into this ethernet port.
Brocade (Foundry really) -- good big switches. I used them at my old job and never had any issues
Nortel/Avaya - All the Avaya routers and switches are really just Nortels products. People seem to like them a lot more than I do, but I never had to manage them day to day in an office
Currently I do install VoIP for a living -- it may not be REQUIRED to make things work, but no vendor will talk to you until its implemented. It's the most obvious "Best Practice" in VoIP.... especially if there is ever a question of call quality or fax/modem connection issues over the IP link.
It's needed on both.
It's not about having a giant back plane on your switch, or having 10/100/1000 at every port. It's about prioritization.
I can run a phone system with many active calls on a single 10 meg link, and I can run a phone system with the same amount of calls on a gigabit...
VoIP traffic needs QoS in most situations (all?). I'd recommend replacing this all with a managed switch, even if its a little "Cisco Small Business" managed switch. Get QoS turned on and setup a voice VLAN separate of the data.
Is the old system analog or digital? It sounds more like digital sets by your descriptions. Analog only PBX would be kind of interesting (modern 1A2?)
I'd look at hosted solutions and then make sure there is some survivability. If the business is okay with losing phones because the ISP went...
As others mentioned, Avaya bought Nortel's data and voice product lines and still sells some of the stuff under Avaya.
The Nortel ERS switches are decent, or at least I haven't seen anyone complain about the performance of the devices across at least 20+ VoIP installs.
Yeah, I'm glad OP walked away from this one in the beginning. Not using protected entrances to the building is asking for some major problems. I install PBX's and this would have been an instant red flag. Dangerous to work on too.
Where I work at we typically make two or three contacts to customers and then close the ticket. They also get an update each time with "Contact attempt made, attempting again XX/XX/2013 RC" then eventually we just close the ticket with No resolution/couldn't contact customer.
Once the ticket...
As a user of Ubiquity gear, get a pair and try it out! Don't forget about horizon/earth curvature. I'd love to see you try this out.
There used to be a site out there where you could get decent estimates between two addresses about line of sight with elevations considered.
I will definitely be maxing the RAM out within a month or so. I'm 'building on a budget', or at least a slow rate.
That PSU was chosen for no particular reason. The last computers that I built were probably circa 2004/2005 so I figured I'd just find a heavy PSU and be done with it.
I pulled the trigger and ordered it all. I also picked up two 1tb HDD for data storage and two SSDs to hold my OS files and ESXi.
SanDisk Extreme 120GB SDSSDX-120G-G25 x2
WD 1TB WD10EZEX
I'm going to put each of the drive pairs in a RAID 1 to get going. Down the road I'll figure out more...
I have a Zalman Z9 sitting in a box here ready to be used. It appears to have plenty of storage bays. I'll probably stick with that mobo, or at least if I change it it won't be to add more SATA.
Thanks for the input.
I will be taking the VCP soon and have also needed to build a home lab for a few years. I have been out of the hardware scene for a few years and only have left over knowledge. I've looked around here quiet a bit and ended up with the following system:
PSU: Corsair TX650 $79.99...
Want to get started without too much training? See if you can purchase a used Avaya IP Office 500 box with a few digital phones. That will give you more 'traditional' PBX functionality, at least in terminology and usage. It also doubles as a key system (which your Meridian is probably configured...
Just throwing this in there... make sure everyone knows whats up, or check with your local state laws. Adding audio to the mix changes things up (wiretap laws etc). It may or may not be an issue where you are, but keep it in mind.
They may have the capacity at the port, but the next question is: Can the router process it fast enough, and will it choke under the pressure of high bandwidth?
I'm going to recommend pfSense and a decent old computer.
False -- DSL most commonly runs on the exact same copper pair as your dial tone service. DSL can also be ran by itself on a dry loop (no dialtone, pure DSL), but no phone company is going to sell them both separately to the same service address on different pairs unless you can sweet talk them...
What kind of work do your branches do? Are they just IP phones and a few thin clients heading back to HQ?
If so, then you could just get a 3 meg MPLS back to HQ and call it a day. Ensure you have QoS configured on both sides of the network (Your equipment) and in between (read: Tell your MPLS...
It's also a terrible practice to do this -- too much traffic on one broadcast domain. I'd try and find a cheap Layer 2 switch, then use a home built router (because its fun that way) to connect them up.
Lots of fun basics to learn in a task like that.