[Freeswitch-users] Hello, and stuff.

Christensen Tom paveraware at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 28 11:14:57 PDT 2009

As a background, I ran an asterisk consulting company for about 3 years that I gave up on 2 years ago after repeatedly failing to achieve any sort of stability on any sort install over about 30 phones, I gave up.

Maybe that was wrong, I am open to the possibility that I just didn't know enough and I was building things wrong, but I worked inside the asterisk code (which I feel is a hopeless mess), I implemented a few small custom features, anyway... 

I'm coming back into the VoIP space now, and I'm wondering what sort of issues can I expect in trying to pick up and learn freeswitch?  From what I've read on the website, it appears to have a much more sane architecture.  I've used Cisco, Broadsoft, and asterisk in the past.  By far the least stable and worst general call quality was asterisk.  I constantly contended with strange call quality issues in asterisk, lots of echo (even with hardware echo cancellation cards), lots of jitter, lots of call break up (even on small systems with 10-20 users, using QoS on the network, and in general doing everything I could to prioritize voice over anything else).

When I used Cisco call manager and broadsoft, the voice quality issues were basically non-existant, as long as the network was running QoS echo, stutter, calls breaking up, just didn't happen.  So, I guess my question is, does freeswitch show a marked improvement over asterisk in this department?  As long as you configure QoS and have hardware echo cancellation does it actually work reliably?

Thanks for any additional information about freeswitch you can provide as well.  I am a software developer primarily by trade, but I do lots of consulting type work in the SME space and I've had a couple projects thrown to me that require some integration with a phone system, and I just can't in good conscience recommend asterisk anymore.

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