In my little art studio I’ve been working on a project of showing my old telephone equipment. After receiving the unexpected Mitel system, I decided to cutover from the Definity for my business operations. (I’ll leave the details at a minimum.) The ongoing project is to get the Definity to be a functioning museum where guests can come to see my art and my gear. (Museums would be in envy – however Definity or any type of legacy PBX is dropping like crude oil, and if you have the smarts, you could make your own museum interactive. If a museum would use such systems, more than likely they would need more 2/500 boards than digital unless they have ISDN sets or enough proprietary sets to work.)
I have open slots, I’ve struggled to get the IP card to work so I could remotely access the Definity over IP (ongoing investigation), announcements have to be done by dialing in and other things. My goal is to get a couple more analog lines (extensions) and a CO board that supports caller ID; and also link this to the Cisco via a T1 link. (Yes, the Cisco is still in production for every other room in the house.)
Not every set is shown, like any museum, some sets will be swapped out.
This entire project rough costs was about $80, with Closetmaid equipment found at your local hardware or contractor store like The Home Depot or Lowes. I also got a bunch of Melamine boards , I can have up to 6, with the 2 48″ tall pieces that hold the brackets.
When I have the time I’ll be posting the timelapse video of this project as well as showing you how it will be set up.