Asterisk Open-Source VoIP Tutorials and Features

If your business is like most businesses, your phone system is a vital resource. But, as with most businesses, the chances are it’s an area in which you’re always looking to save money.

One alternative is Asterisk, a free, open-source IP PBX product Not only is Asterisk free, it’s fully featured enough to compete with commercial offerings for SMBs. And there’s a large community of resources that’s grown up around the basic software package, making it safe and simple to adopt and customize.

Thousands of businesses are running Asterisk PBXs today. We examine why and how to get started.

 

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk – Part 1: Introduction
Like the idea of a feature-filled, up-to-date IP phone system but concerned about the expense of implementation? Go first class and do it yourself.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk – Part 2: Introduction continued
Step one in setting up your own office PBX is dimensioning the system and figuring out how much it will cost.

VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk – Building a Test Lab, Part 1
Setting up a testing network is step one on the road to your free PBX. This shouldn’t take more than an hour of your life.

VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk—Building a Test Lab, Part 3
Finally, we swap in your company logo, configure firewall settings, and connect to the PSTN.

VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk—Building a Test Lab, Part 2
By the end of this episode, your test system will be up and running and you’ll be making calls.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Securing Your Server
Before it becomes your working phone system, you need to take steps to make sure that only authorized personnel (you) can access the inner workings your Asterisk server.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Securing Your Server, Part 2
To complete the protection of your server from external attacks, you’ll want to disable root logins. Here’s how.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Giving VoIP Traffic the Green Light
For voice to travel over IP networks with good quality requires something akin to the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane on your local highway.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Giving VoIP Traffic the Green Light, Part 2
The otherwise complex craft of traffic shaping is made simple by the use of the wonderful utility Wondershaper.

VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: Giving VoIP Traffic the Green Light, Part 3
To get maximum VoIP performance our of your network, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and grapple with some serious Linux code and concepts. We’ll help.

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