Building an Asterisk@Home Test Lab

by Carla Schroder

Learn how to build an Asterisk@Home test lab.This series is also a good howto for setting up a small production Asterisk iPBX on the cheap. This three-part series is aimed at both telephony and Linux noobs. If you understand computer networking basics, this is just the Asterisk howto you need to get up and running. Not only for a test lab, but also a small production system. The series covers installation, what hardware to use, how to set up local extensions and automatic call routing, how to connect to the outside world, and how to replace the Asterisk@Home logo with your own custom logo.

VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk - Building a Test Lab, Part 1
VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk-Building a Test Lab, Part 2
VoIPowering your Office with Asterisk-Building a Test Lab, Part 3


Ole Hansen
2006-04-17 18:43:41
You switched the links, so the part 1 link points to part 3 and the part 3 link points to part 1.
Carla Schroder
2006-04-18 09:33:27
all fixed!
2006-04-26 21:21:22
All three links appear to be dead links. Has teh content moved elsewhere?
Carla Schroder
2006-04-27 09:01:25
They all work now- maybe a temporary glitch?
2006-04-28 18:52:46
Thanks for the info. I'm a long-time developer and up on many of the latest cutting edge technologies, but I just haven't had time to look into Asterisk in detail, so I'm a complete noob here.

For getting started it seems like I could try running * in a Virtual PC (or vmWare) with softphones, no? If I want an ATA I can move to a dedicated box.

I see there is a download to install * into a server running IPCOP.
Any comments on this? That would allow me to get two apps onto one box. I don't care much about performance at this point, just getting it to work would be very cool and a good learning experience, and then I can do it right later. I also understand that's not Asterisk@Home. I don't suppose anyone knows how to run Asterisk@Home and IPCOP together?

BTW, there's no page 2 of part 1, though there is a link to indicate there might be.


Carla Schroder
2006-04-28 19:28:31
aiee Starbuck, hard questions :)

Somewheres I saw a howto on running Asterisk on VMWare. Don't remember where, sorry. The short story is Asterisk is so flexible it's being adapted in all kinds of amazing ways. That's why the series on VoIP Planet is sternly limited to Asterisk@Home- I think AAH is a great Asterisk implementation, and sticking to a single implementation saves my sanity.

Combining Asterisk and IPcop on the same box would pretty difficult, since IPCop is designed to run standalone, and takes over the whole hard drive. If you are an ace Linux guru you could install Asterisk onto an IPCop box, since IPCop runs on top of a plain-vanilla Linux.

Part 1 has no page 2, that's probably template debris.

Carla Schroder
2006-04-28 19:47:55
Well now, we have a lesson in the wisdom of posting first, then having beer, not the other way around. I misread the question. Combining Asterisk and IPCop looks interesting, because eventually you'll want to do some traffic control anyway, so why not all on the same box. I haven't tried it, but it sure looks like something worth testing.
2006-05-09 08:22:51
Thanks for this wonderful HowTo, I managed to get the setting up successful. I can log in with my soft phone to my SIP account. Now i dial an extention or *43 or *98 and i hear female voice mentioning my extension number then tells me you're currently not avaiable, then it hungs up. Please how do i make myself avaiable because the thing keep telling i'm currently not available which i don't seem to get.
2006-08-11 09:46:37
Hi, Thanks your all efforts. but Part 3 link to Empty htm page. Any advise please.
Bruce Calder
2006-10-12 16:32:59
Thanks Carla for a concise howto! The addition of the logo change script is fantastic as well. Keep up the good work!!
Massimo Lico
2007-12-01 10:58:54
Dear Carla,
I'm developing a VoIP architecture based on the must famouse IP PBX in the world, Asterisk. Because, I would ultimate the project by the end of the year, I want to ask you a litte question. Well, in your article "Building an Asterisk@Home Test Lab" you explained how is possible execute a test on an Asterisk@Home distro, but my question is, can I do the same test, as you show us, with a traditional Asterisk distro? I've got an Asterisk 1.4.x version installed on my pc.

Thank you very much for you attention.
Best Regards
Massimo Lico