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Fun with Linux Telephony

Important note: The problems I was having with the web interface turned out to be because of some custom hacks I did to my machine. It would not be something that would happen to you under normal circumstances. (That’s what I get for living on the bleeding edge!)

Slide Presentation:

Links to products and websites

Useful Sites:
  • Asterisk.org – Main Asterisk site, documentation, forums, etc.
  • VoIP-Info – Good general VoIP information site. Also includes Asterisk/FreePBX configuration instructions.
  • AsteriskGuru – Asterisk documentation, user forums.
  • FreePBX – A complete Asterisk software distribution on an easy-to-install CD.
  • Google is your friend – a search for “Asterisk” + a brief description of whatever question/problem you are having, and you will come up with lots of useful stuff too.
VoIP Service Providers
  • IPKall – Free Washington State area dial-in only (DID) numbers, ideal for testing.
  • CallCentric – Reasonably priced dial-in (DID) and dial-out plans, for both individuals and businesses. Both local (all across the USA) and toll-free (1-800/877/866) numbers are available.
  • Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of these outfits, nor do I benefit in any way from referring you to them.
IP Phones and ATAs

Note that some of these products are different from what I showed in my slides. Between the time I created the slides and the time I posted this, some products became unavailable and/or some better deals came around.

Ethernet Bridges

Note that some of these products are different from what I showed in my slides. Between the time I created the slides and the time I posted this, some products became unavailable and/or some better deals came around.

Books
  • “Asterisk: The Definitive Guide”, by Jim Van Meggelen (Author), Leif Madsen (Author), Russell Bryant (Author), Published by O’Reilly (paperback, Kindle) – a great and very comprehensive coverage of Asterisk, useful as both a step by step walkthrough and as a reference.