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Setting up a server to host ISDN..?


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Hello all,

A few months back the gov't passed legislation making all phone lines public property (as opposed to being owned by the phone co. themselves); so, theoretically, it's now possible to host your own phone/cell/ISDN, etc. servers.

I've been searching Google for the last few weeks, when I could, to try and find information about configuring an ISDN server, but it's been to no avail. I live out in the boonies on The Big Island, Hawai'i and there are several locations where Cable/DSL is unavailable so I'm trying to figure out what I could do to turn my Linux box into a dedicated ISDN server (for my own use, atleast, and if possible to set it up so I can provide service to my neighbors (3-5 ppl) who are also stuck on dialup).

Basically, my Linux box is a 486 with less than a 1 ghz board, and 512 ram running the latest distribution of Debian (which I'm probably gonna switch to FreeBSD or another flavor since the Debian dist. wasn't a full package and is missing the necessary files to config the GUI and Internet connection, among other things.....) and I have a dedicated phone line to utilize. That's all I have so far. lol... No modem, software, nadda. Like I said, I'm having a hard time figuring out if it's even possible... Which, obviously, I know it is possible but there's not crap as far as info online that I've found.

Also, since the end-user online needs a phone line and the ISDN modem to connect, will I need a specific kind of phone line to host this or will a regular, dedicated, phone line work if there are multiple nodes to be connected to (like a BBS...?)

So, yeah, any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Sincerely,


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Hi DroBuddy,
ISDN requires a dedicated high quality phone line,ISDN alternately known as 2BIQ (2x 64k B channels 1x2k clock Q channel)or microlinks to1Meg and Macrolinks to 2Meg .
Your greater concern living out in the boondocks is that 4kilometres of copper cable from telephone exchange is maximum distance.A macrolink can host up to 30 phone lines(channels)
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Hey Harald,

Okay, so do they need to run a new line for that, or would they be able to use the existing phonelines? I'm not sure where the CO is, but I can find out easy enough.

'Sides, if I'm not within 4km of it, I know people who have property closer to the High-way where I would be able to setup the servers and be able to provide service to atleast my 'subdivision' (and therefore me). I just need a 128k bonded line for business use since I can't get broadband...

Anyone got some good links for setting up your own ISP? I'm gonna start off with that, but I'm gonna try and set something up so I can provide LAN service also. I used to work for Sprint, and I know the basics, so I know if there is a way to use their system, it shouldn't be that hard (just gotta code your own apps, I think).

The FCC made it so all phone lines, COs, and other communication equipment currently in place is now public property; therefore, I should be able to set all of this up without contacting any phone service provider (theoretically). I just need to find some Phreaks who are more familiar with the phone systems, I guess. I know there's people out there who are doing similar things to get free cell phone service (w/o hacking the carriers, anymore). So, there's gotta be a way to setup your own LAN / ISDN provider.

Any links to sites re: setting up an ISDN ISP, gen. ISP, phone service provider, phreak kine BBS's, or [bleep] even IRC rooms would be greatly appreciated. I've been out of the scene for years, so I'm trying to get my bearings straight again. :whistling:

Mahalo for your time and aid,


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ISDN would use the existing phone cable but is seperate from existing phone line.
Contact your phone company,they should be able to tell you if you are OK
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Alright... I'll start there. Thanks again.
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