I have been running Asterisk for several years now combining our old POTS line and three VOIP numbers into an easy to use way that is more or less invisible to the phone users. My darling spouse however has been complaining that the Cisco 7940 screen is hard to read when the light is low so I looked around and got her a Digium D40 that seems to have good reviews but I have some woes with it that I hope some kind soul can give me guidance about
how do I get the voicemail key to work with Asterisk. I would like it to just enter “*98” but it wants a numeric extension or a sip: address to an extension and sip:*98@ doesn’t seem to work.
the D40 uses the same headset connector as the 7940 but the headset that was used on the Cisco does not work with the D40. I presume this is a wiring problem so if there is a pointer to an interposer or cable wiring to make it work that would be appreciated.
how do I set up the phone to let me pick up the handset and dial the complete number before it tries to connect. At the moment I pick it up and dial the area code (905 for example) and it tries to connect. The only way to dial a 905 number is to dial the number then pick up the handset.
For those that may be interested I find the D40 OK but not superlative. The Cisco’s, though very old now, feel more solid and the buttons all still work (one of the D40 buttons below the screen is wonky feeling right out of the box). I have turned off the feature that auto-selects some random number for the unused line key. One last thought, though the web interface is very nice the limited browsers that it works with is odd. A less glitzy plain html interface might be less beautiful but it would be better and would likely work with Firefox 17 on Win.
Thanks for any thoughts or assistance, M
PS: the phone is running the 1_1_2_0_51236 firmware that fixes some problems in the shipped 1_0_5 version but has an odd replication of the page 2 or 3 times, weird.