We need a step by step switch for Railpage. Fight me.Wonderful! Brilliant find, you've made my day.
Thanks so much for posting this.
Most welcome and to think @Michelle12 worked on this stuff for Telstra.
You can call it in +44 1843 808393
Thanks S3 - an informative youtube video.Perhaps an Idiots Guide ?.....................I'd like to explain it to you - I would - but AT&T did a better job than I ever could:
Actually, I had seen one of these 'mechanical' telephone exchanges as a kid about 100 years ago and, more recently (about 50 years ago) a similar (?) Ericsson PABX that we had at the office which seemed to make similar noises anyway.PABX devices tended to use relays rather than step-by-step switches, as far as I am aware. They would have made similar sounds.
The bit that I didn't get was the reference to connecting the thing 'to the internet' and I am still not sure about this? Perhaps you or others will have further thoughts/advice on this aspect that might help.Ah, thanks for clarifying.
Is it, perhaps, merely a means of making the mechanical switchgear work for demonstration purposes or have I missed the point entirely? If so, it would not be the first time!Yeah so, this equipment is in a museum in the UK, from what I have been able to glean (and Brian has provided a +44 number, a UK number). I'd love to have the Telstra Museum do the same sort of thing. Having been to the one in Bankstown a total of once, I garnered an affinity for hearing the clacking of these step by step switches. It's a good thing they're still around. Problem is, as the way that phone technologies has moved away from copper, these have fallen out of favour; and while yes, you can use it in a museum setting, sometimes it's more fun to call to and from your mobile phone.
Basically, the equipment in the video is no longer capable of communicating with the 'new' UK (or most other places in the world) phone system.The bit that I didn't get was the reference to connecting the thing 'to the internet' and I am still not sure about this? Perhaps you or others will have further thoughts/advice on this aspect that might help.Ah, thanks for clarifying.
Ok, so consider the NBN landline service you've got now. Unlike the old Telstra Copper lines, your phone now requires power and - critically - an internet connection, as it is a technology known as VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol.