AsteriskNOW uses version 2.10 of FreePBX which looks a little different to the previous guides that I’ve written. This is the first part in a new series of guides for someone getting started with AsteriskNOW or FreePBX 2.10.
In this guide we’re going to look at setting up a new extension. While the guide is quite long because of the screenshots and pictures, the actual time to set up a new extension is around 10 minutes.
This guide uses an Aastra 55i SIP handset, which is a great phone. However, you can use any SIP compatible handset with Asterisk/FreePBX.
Log in to AsteriskNOW. After logging in you will see the main status page –
Click on Applications. The only application installed by default is the Extension module, so you will be taken straight to that page. Click Submit to create a new SIP extension –
Enter the Extension Number and Display Name. The extension number is what we’ll enter in to the handset as the username. Display name is just a text field –
Next scroll down and enter the extension password (use a complex password!) and also change NAT to yes if you are behind a NAT router (nearly always the case if you’re using ADSL or cable broadband) –
Now scroll down to the bottom and click Submit –
and now at the top of the page click on Apply to apply the new settings –
That’s the extension created in AsteriskNOW. Next we need to point the extension at the server. Exactly how you do this will depend on the hand set, but you will need the following details –
Find the SIP settings configuration page for the handset –
Enter the IP address of the AsxteriskNOW server in to the boxes for Proxy server and Registrar server. Ensure the port is set to 5060 –
Enter the extension number you created in AsteriskNOW –
Enter the password for the extension we created –
And that’s it! Make sure the handset is connected to the network (and that it will get a DHCP address from the router) and reboot it.
We can now make a test call to “*43”. This is an echo test number and should give us a recorded message and the repeat everything we say in to the handset. This is a really good way to test the connection between you and the AsteriskNOW server –