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Migrating from Linksys LVS 9000 to Asterisk PBX PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nick   
Friday, 03 July 2009

 When I first began learning VOIP the LVS series was one of the first products I was introduced to. At the time this seemed like a great product at a great price. It was a great starting point for learning VOIP and Telephony because until this point I had zero knowledge of either. Unfortunately what may be a great learning tool isn't always a great product for deploying to customer sites.


Without mentioning any company names here we ended up deploying three LVS 9000 and supporting a fourth system. Due to a number of problems we really did not pursue any further LVS 9000 installs.

One of the main problems was the constant communications failure between the LVS9000 and SPA400. A simple reboot of the devices in the correct order would solve this problem but it becomes unacceptable as a Telephony solution if you have to do this several times a week. Mind you in the SMB space many clients do not have a problem with low end routers freezing up on them and the idea of power cycling a router doesn't seem all that strange.

Another problem was the stacking of the LVS9000 and SPA400. Even though the LVS9000 came with a nice little stand it wasn't used when the purchaser also bought an SPA400. The LVS9000 was just stacked on top of the SPA400. This caused the LVS9000 in certain scenarios to overheat and stop working. As with any hardware they should be properly mounted in a proper temperature environment. Without any documents saying not to stack these devices its hard for the client to believe that this is what is causing the problem.

The third major problem with the LVS was the software configuration wizard. Each new version relied on specific firmware versions for the phones, SPA400, and LVS. The wizard never looked like a true polished serious application for configuring a phone system. If you tried configuring the LVS9000 manually it didn't take very before some setting change would cause everything to break and you were back to using the Wizard to at least have a semi working system.

Along the same time we discovered Asterisk and all the great things it had to offer. At some point we were able to migrate one customer away from the LVS9000. We were able to do this because the SPA942 phones could be used with Asterisk without any major problems. We were also able to use the SPA400 minimizing he amount of new hardware required.

As my knowledge of Asterisk improved I was able to integrate more hardware with Asterisk with various levels of success. What has surprised me over this 3 year period is that my early installation of Asterisk + SPA942 + SPA400 are still working great.

One of the issues I was expecting in the early stages was maybe the problem device in the LVS installations was the SPA400. It turned out that the SPA400 works better with Asterisk than it does with the LVS9000.

If you are an LVS9000 user it may be time to migrate to Asterisk. You can keep most of your hardware and gain so many new features with Asterisk. Things like CDR's, Voicemail to email, more flexible music on hold options, and much more powerful IVR. These are just some of the items you will see as an instant benefit. Asterisk has too many features to list here that are beyond the capabilities of the LVS.

If you are located in the Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, or just anywhere near the GTA and need any kind of assistance in migrating to an Asterisk system from an LVS please get in touch with me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


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