Sorry, confused. My main concern is voicemail. I know Asterisk will handle it with their very expensive modems. But I didn't see a hardware compatibility list on their website or yours regarding regular modems. Are these SIP devices mentioned MCE/Asterisk compatible for incoming phone calls as well as outgoing? Hey, I'm not asking for MCE to answer skype calls (yet). Thanks.
PS. Just looked at grandstream... I am not a business... I am doing "home" automation on a budget... the ISY99i I just bought was like $50... if I buy a modem for voicemail it will be like $20... only reason I am looking at MCE is it is free... if it requires a staff to look after it I guess I should move on... is it unreasonable to expect MCE to have a simple phone interface? it certainly has a lot of fancier interfaces (which I will never use)... almost everybody has a phone (I don't know what the percentage of MCE users have broadband through cable instead of landline)... so basically, is there a cheap modem that works with Asterisk? if so, why not put it in compatibility list? And, of course, you could advertise those expensive wildcard modems there too. Thanks.
PPS. I also researched a lot of mgetty solutions which are all too complicated to install... I don't like the command line really at all (needs to be deprecated)