I am doing an evaluation for our company between more expensive IP phone systems (ShoreTel, Cisco) against an Asterisk based system.
The only major feature that seems to be lacking from the Asterisk setup is some way to automatically populate the desk phones with the master company directory. All the phones we’ve looking at have various flavors of the directory/contacts list function, but all of them appear to require the end user to enter all the extension info by hand. The closed systems all seem to do this automatically.
Of the phones we’ve tried I am most interested in solving this for the Polycom 501 phone, that is the front-runner for us.
Lacking an automatic server->phone path, is there any way to enter all the data on one phone and copy that to all the other / all new extensions?