AsteriskNow questions from a newbie

Perhaps someone can answer these questions for me:

  1. It seems to me that the Asterisknow GUI has only basic functionality and can’t make a proper SIP configuration eg. under ‘Service Providers’ there are only entries for protocol, host, username and password. What about Outbound proxy, RTP port etc.? Is it the case that the Linux conf files must eb edited for the initial config and the GUI can only be used for general admin eg. user account creation?

  2. I do not now how to get into the Linux shell. I have seen some people on these board try and answer that by saying to enter ‘sudo passwd’ but where should I enter it. Basically I need an Idiots Guide to getting into the Linux shell.

  3. How can I make a SIP configuration in which people can connect to my Asterisk server via. SIP and the server will supply a different SIP username and password for each user? This is so each users phone usage can be tracked at the SIP provider end.

Any help would be much appreciated.


I think you’re going to have to edit a few text files to get things started. It’s a nice gui, it’s just not finished.


Sorry for my English, but i have one question:
Why not open 5060 port when i start asterisk?

[] => (Session Initiation Protocol (SIP))
== Parsing ‘/etc/asterisk/sip.conf’: Found
== SIP Listening on
== Using TOS bits 0
== Parsing ‘/etc/asterisk/sip_notify.conf’: Found
== Registered channel type ‘SIP’ (Session Initiation Protocol (SIP))
== Registered application ‘SIPDtmfMode’
== Registered application ‘SIPAddHeader’
== Registered application ‘SIPGetHeader’
== Registered custom function SIP_HEADER
== Registered custom function SIPPEER
== Registered custom function SIPCHANINFO
== Registered custom function CHECKSIPDOMAIN
== Manager registered action SIPpeers
== Manager registered action SIPshowpeer
[] => (A-law Coder/Decoder)


nmap -p5060 localhost

Starting Nmap 4.11 ( ) at 2006-12-08 14:47 EET
Interesting ports on localhost.localdomain (
5060/tcp closed sip

Thanks in advance