Project:InterhackerspacePBX/Telephony Glossary

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Telephony Glossary

Telephony is rife with acronyms and opaque product names, so here's a short list of the ones we have used in the initial discussion of the project:

Asterisk
Open source software for building PBX's. [1]
ERT
Emergency Roadside Telephone
FXO
Port for a POTS phone to plug into
IVR
Interactive Voice Response (voice menus... "press 1 for insults; press 2 for an argument")
PABX
Private automatic branch exchange
PBX
Private branch exchange, aka internal telephone network with extensions
PCI
Slot in PCs for installing peripherals like modems, graphics cards, FXO cards
POTS
Plain Old Telephone Service (analog)
PSTN
Public Switched Telephone Network
RPi
Raspberry Pi SOC
SOC
System-on-a-chip (small computer)
VoIP
Voice over Internet Protocol: digital phone calls over the net