Rockbochs Review

By Editorial StaffLast Modified: January 5, 2018

The RockBochs PhoneBochs RBBM-00 Mini Telephony Appliance is a small VoIP PBX system for small businesses. The RBBM-00 is the base model of a trio of PhoneBochs PBX equipment that also includes the standard and premium models.

The PBX system has a heavy-duty cold-rolled steel chassis covered in black wet-look paint with texture coat. It has a blue front panel with two USB 2.0 ports. There are four other USB 2.0 ports at the back of the PBX equipment as well as two PS2 ports, one VGA port, one LAN port and three audio jacks. The RBBM-00 also has a Realtek 10/100/1000 NIC card and a half-length PCI slot. The Gigabit NIC card allows the RBBM-00 to integrate with any data network. However, the PCI slot only accepts Sangoma digital telephony cards. The RBBM-00 may look small, but it can take up to eight FXO and FXS analog lines and up to two T1 lines.

Inside the chassis, there is an Intel motherboard, a dual-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB DDR2 RAM, and an 80GB, 3.5-inch SATA hard drive. RockBochs offers hard drive upgrades to equip the RBBM-00 with your choice of 160GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB hard drives. In addition, you can double the size of the RBBM-00's memory. Hardware is not the only part of this PBX system that you can customize. RockBochs preloads it with your choice of Asterisk-based PBX operating system. The choices are Elastix, FreePBX, FreeSWITCH, Trixbox CE and PBX in a Flash.

All of these programs are free open-source software for running PBX applications on dedicated hardware such as the RBBM-00. They allow small businesses to add the basic and advanced features in order to build bespoke PBX phone systems. However, to build a robust PBX solution with these open-source software programs, you must be familiar with them enough to install, run and troubleshoot your PBX network with no help from the manufacturer. RockBochs does provide support, but it charges for this support by the hour. Furthermore, the PhoneBochs RBBM-00 ships with free software, but you still have to pay for third-party applications to get the best out of it.

The RockBochs PhoneBochs RBBM-00 is a miniature telephony hardware for small businesses that need VoIP PBX solutions. However, it cannot support more than 50 employees, and even though it runs free open-source software, any advanced features and support may end up being costly.

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