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Using Asterisk for Fun and Profit

We enjoy the benefits of using Open Source tools and technologies for home and work. But for many of us telephony services like Voice over IP remain a dark unconquered space.

In this tutorial, I will take you through the installation of one of the more popular Asterisk distributions (Elastix), including the configuration of various types of telephony hardware including PSTN and ISDN adapters. We will also configure and provision various IP telephones (models to be determined later) as well as configuring softphones on the major desktop operating systems. As most ISPs now include IP telephony services in many of their deals, we will look at setting up a connection between Asterisk and your ISP's VOIP system.

I will also discuss dialplans and configuring what used to be expensive telephony solutions, such as Interactive Voice Responses (IVRs), queues, voicemail (including locator services) and other features of Asterisk.

Preperation details on the wiki:

Avi Miller

Avi is currently a Linux Architect for Oracle Corporation and as such, has absolutely nothing to do with Asterisk during office hours. However, in a previous incarnation, Avi installed and configured the national Asterisk network for Australia's largest Open Source development company, Squiz Pty Ltd.