Asterisk server dropped in my lap: need to add new phone

Soooooooo long story short, the Head of IT at the company I work for quit in a huff a while back, leaving us with a pet project Asterisk box (on RHEL) running the phones for one of our secondary offices.

Everything has been fine until now when they had a new hire at that location and, lo and behold, she would like a working phone!

The project has been dropped in my lap and now I am coming to y’all for advice. I am not a programmer but am pretty proficient with hardware software tweaking, etc.

Looks like he did not install any GUI, so I am just wading through config files attempting to figure out what needs to be edited.

Pertinent system info:

The Fedora version is Release 5 (2.6.18-1.2200.fc 5smp)

And the version of Asterisk that is running is 1.2.12

We are using Linksys/Cisco SPA941 IP VoIP Phones for all 5 existing lines.

Thanks for any help you can give!


The files you are most likely to have to change are /etc/asterisk/sip.conf and /etc/asterisk/extensions.conf. Hopefully you can see a pattern from the other phones. Asterisk is very flexible, so we can’t predict the details of what has been done before. Asterisk 1.2 is rather old and the number of people who know how it differs from current versions may be quite small.

Thanks david55!

I’m thinking I can copy the format for the users created in sip.conf, like you said and same for extensions.conf

hope that’s all that needs to be edited. Kinda worried about there being a mystery file somewhere that needs to be edited to accept the new phone.

any idea where the recording for the mailbox might be located? We will need to re-record a new greeting.

voicemails are configured in voicemail.conf

When a user calls to voicemailMain and logs in he can change the announcment (Press 0 for options…)

The file is probably located under /var/spool/asterisk/voicemail/default/extenionsnumber/unavail.wav