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One of the most valuable and available resources in setting up systems has been peer communities.Both local and online resources will assist in working the kinks out of your system. A large number of Asterisk / Cisco configuration issues are identified and often fixed here.
Now, with the introduction out of the way, let’s begin.The first component of the system will obviously be the Asterisk IP PBX server.For the sake of this guide I’m going to assume that this has been installed on a server with default settings.If assistance is required in getting an Asterisk server setup or configured with defaults, please consult one of the several sites on Asterisk assistance.With Vo IP technology growing so rapidly, the marketplace so too has an ever growing selection of hardware options available for system implementations.The Cisco IP Phone series has solidified its position in the community as the leader of high quality and reliable hardware with feature rich firmware and a good range of supported protocols.
Superb call quality, a large easy-to-read display screen and user-friendly button layouts/designs make the Cisco phone models of old and late some of the best hardware available for IP-based phone systems.
However, for all their outstanding advantages, configuring these phones to work with a non-Cisco managed Vo IP network can be a bit of a chore.
To further complicate this task, the information available on configuring the newer and more user-preferred devices (touch screens, color backlit display, etc.) is extremely sparse and largely unconfirmed.
After heading up the deployment of 3 small Asterisk based PBX deployments, all of which were to make use of various different Cisco IP Phone models; a great deal of information about these phones has been collected.
From that information, the steps to configure the following phone models has been confirmed: 7940, 7960, 7945, 7965, 7970, and Communicator (softphone).
A Cisco 7975 was not available for testing, however, the 79X5 models have standardized configuration templates and the information for these units should apply (We are still trying to acquire one to confirm this).