Aastralink Pro 160 IP-PBX

AastraLink Pro 160 Review & Overview

The AstraLink Pro 160 was discontinued and is no longer manufactured. The announcement came from Mitel, who acquired Aastra in 2014.

Buisness phone salesman highlighting the AastraLink Pro 160.There's a lot to like about the AastraLink Pro 160 Asterisk PBX appliance, however unfortunately products can come and go, and in this case the Pro 160 is no longer being made. Having stated that, this was what we said when it was being manufactured: First, it has a great feature set, enough for ninety percent of small businesses, including an auto-attendant, extension dialing, name search, voicemail to email, and customizable call treatments, like ring groups. In addition the auto-attendant can be customized based on day, night, or holiday scheduling and the phones set to display SLA (Shared Line Appearances). These last two features ensure that for most small businesses it will handle most of their needs, including ones that are replacing an older key type phone system and want to know who is on what line.

Set up could not be easier using Aastra phones. (And you should use Aastra 4 or 5i IP phones to makes things as easy as possible. We would recommend 5i series, like the 57i for easy to read larger LED screens.) Once the Pro 160 gets its IP address and connects up to the network, then connect the first phone. This begins setup of the administration account. The phone will ask for initial information like extension number, password, user name and their email address, which you will input, after which the phone will reboot again and then display the IP address of the PBX, so you can log in directly from a browser and start to configure the system. One early suggestion at this time would be to upgrade the Pro 160's firmware, if not at the latest version.

The GUI is easy to navigate and has been developed by Aastra. Most users comfortable with router GUIs will be comfortable getting around this interface. From this point on, each additional phone connected to the network registers and will show right up in the PBX GUI. At this point, setup has already created a useable PBX system. From here forward setup focuses on an individual companies' requirements.

Pros
  • Easy to setup and configure, including shared line appearances on phones.
  • Excellent feature set, including time based scheduling.
  • Connects right up to existing CO phone lines and is easy to add SIP trunks to VoIP providers for call savings.
Cons
  • System configuration does not offer a custom outbound call routing plan which requires users to dial a 9 before the number using their traditional phone lines and an 8 plus the number for VoIP SIP trunks.
  • Limitations on configuring the auto-attendant.
Conclusion

The AastraLink Pro 160 using Aastra IP phones is an excellent business phone system for up to 25 users. It's well designed, well built, and affordable. The ease of setup saves time and money after the initial purchase and adding additional extensions later couldn't be easier, if needed.

After Mitel acquired Aastra changes were expected. The AastraLink Pro 160 became one of its unfortunate casualties. Decisions to stop manufacturing a device are usually based on sales volume, however they are also based on organizational profit. The AastraLink Pro 160 was well received by consumers, but its affordability placed a burden on Mitel's channel partners. The end result is that this good affordable Asterisk based IP-PBX is no longer being manufactured. That being the case, we suggest two other highly recommended Asterisk PBX systems, the Grandstream UCM6102 and 6104 and the Yeastar MyPBX SOHO. If however, you are familiar with the Pro160 and want to replace or expand with one, there are several still to be found.


AastraLink Pro 160 IP-PBX Overview