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Where to connect E&M interface card from router to PBX?

I'm new and trying to learn Cisco IP Telephony. I would like to have our Cisco 37xx with E&M card connect to our Panasonic PBX to enjoy the benefits of VoIP.

I'm a bit confused where should I connect E&M port from my router to our PBX:

1. Should it connect from our router to the trunk port of our PBX or station/extension port of our PBX?

2. If in case I miss-configure our router to use two-wire operation instead of four-wire operation, will it damage the router or PBX?

Another question is up to how many IP phones can I use in a single site deployment before separation for voice and data will be required?

I would like to thank you guys in advance for your replies and patience in reading my post. I know that my questions are very basic but I find it hard to find the answers. Please help. Thanks!

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Re: Where to connect E&M interface card from router to PBX?

An Ear and Mouth (E&M) interface supports tie-line facilities or signals between telephone switches. You can use the E&M voice interface card (VIC) to integrate VoIP with the legacy voice solution. The E&M VIC connects the Cisco router to a PBX.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/voice_ip_comm/cucme/pbx/interop/notes/36nanem.pdf

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk652/tk653/technologies_tech_note09186a0080094ab9.shtml

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Re: Where to connect E&M interface card from router to PBX?

Hi sadbulali,

I would like to thank you for your help. The links you provided gives a clear explanation of the E&M interface card.

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