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Guys I'd like to buy a PBX for the ship I'm on. Probably only going to connect 5 or 6 stations. I'm assuming just voip phones. We only have sound power currently. I'm going to try and keep IT out of it so hopefully something that doesn't require any in depth programming or networking.

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You are about five years too late.

But there is plenty of used/refurbished out there. And you are only looking for an intercom for which anything will do. Unfortunately, anything IP is going to cause you grief if you want to use an existing network. So, forget that and go with a plane old analog system. I'm partial to the Avaya Partner. Any release will do. Just install 2 pair wiring and actually little to no programming required. You can actually use regular single line phones too.

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The Avaya Partner as @hbiss suggested would be perfect, it works with plain phones or Partner phones, but at this point they've been discontinued a long long time, over ten years. You can find stuff that will still work on eBay but at this point IMO it's just too old. In 2021 I took out the last few I had remaining.

If you want to implement a VOIP system, I would not worry too much about your network for small systems. Unless your network is an absolute **** show a small VOIP system will be fine just running on your regular office network. However be prepared for a bit of a learning curve to get something operational. You can get free Linux based PBX software and use a PC as a PBX / server. I think FreePBX is probably the best one but even that's a significant amount to learn. It can even run on a Raspberry Pi, and there are all kinds of ready-made appliances out there that have the linux and the FreePBX or other software in a convenient wall mountable / rack mountable chassis. But I'd recommend you just use a regular plain vanilla-as-possible PC.

I would love to try this industrial VOIP PBX, but I haven't so I couldn't say, and it looks expensive:

Voip Virtual PBX Solution Gigabit Ethernet Switch integrates Voice & Data - TC3848 - TC Communications
 

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but at this point they've been discontinued a long long time, over ten years. You can find stuff that will still work on eBay but at this point IMO it's just too old.
That is true. My only point in suggesting it is because it was the most popular small system and from a major manufacturer so there will be plenty of it available for a long time. I would never suggest it to a customer for a new installation, however for what you are doing (and doing it yourself) it could be a good economical fit.

-Hal
 
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