Asterisk at Home


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Quick Links (Project Pages at SourceForge)

  • trixbox - Official Asterisk@Home/trixbox Home Page
  • The Asterisk@Home Handbook Wiki - A MUST read! Please read the handbook before posting any questions to the forums
  • Asterisk@Home Forums (Please be sure to do a search for your problem at this forum first. Chances are, someone else has already had the exact same problem and the solution already exists in the forum. Once you decide to post, it would be better to post it at the sourceforge forum instead of the wiki forum so we can keep the knowledgebase in one place).


Asterisk is a trademark of Digium Inc., and is used by permission. The Asterisk@Home project is not sponsored, endorsed, or supported by Digium, and its authors and maintainers are not affiliated with Digium. Digium does not provide free Technical Support for Asterisk@Home


The Asterisk@Home project enables the home (or small office) user to quickly set up a full featured Asterisk PBX with a web based interface in about an hour on a dedicated PC. Even if you are new to Linux, Asterisk@home handles that by handling the complete Linux install for you. In order to get up and running all you need to do is download the Asterisk@Home .iso and burn it to a CD. Boot that CD and you will get a very complete Asterisk and Linux install.

Asterisk@Home provides a nicely integrated install of some of the best software from the Asterisk community, such as the Asterisk Management Portal, which provides an intuitive Web GUI for configuring asterisk, and the Flash Operators Panel, which lets you see and control your Asterisk PBX in realtime, and FAX support through span-dsp.

Asterisk@Home also provides an xPL (home automation) interface for easy interaction with other devices in the home.

The quickest and easiest way to get Asterisk up and running at home is to download the asteriskathome .ISO file and burn it to a CD, while reading the Asterisk@Home Handbook Wiki!

Installation Requirements


  • any old pc with:
    • Minimum CPU of 500mhz PIII or equivalent.
    • 256Mb of RAM minimum.
    • At least a 4gb hard disk drive that you don't mind overwriting with the Asterisk@Home install
    • A cdrom and a network card.
    • Internet Access for downloading updates.

You can have a functional Asterisk installation with no additional telephony hardware, using a VoIP provider and some soft phones.
Optionally if you want to be able to use Analog / POTS lines or analog telephones, you will need either PCI cards or network based Analog Telephone Adapters. See Asterisk Hardware for more information.


  • Asterisk@Home CD (it has everything you need or will download it)

The software that is currently installed as of Asterisk@Home version 2.8 (04/13/06) is:

  • Asterisk ( - An open source software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX). A PBX connects one or more telephones on one side to one or more telephone lines on the other side. A good example of this is a small company with 100 internal telephones sharing 20 outgoing/incoming telephone lines. A PBX can be more cost effective then having 100 direct telephone lines.
  • AMP (1.10.010) - - Asterisk Management Panel is a web based GUI that allows you to easily manage Asterisk without having to edit sometimes complicated text configuration files. This package can really make a difference in learning and configuring asterisk easily.
  • Flash Operator Panel (023.001) - - Flash Operator Panel is a switchboard type application for the Asterisk PBX. It runs on a web browser with the flash plugin. It is able to display information about your PBX activity in real time. You can see what all of your extensions, trunks, and conferences are doing. You can also hang up, transfer, initiate a call or create a conference call.
  • MPG123 Music On Hold (0.59r) - Asterisk@Home now uses native music on hold so the MP3 music on hold interface in AMP will not work. The old mpg123 is still running. If you change the config files to use MP3s you can upload with AMP.
  • SugarCRM (4.0.1a)with Cisco XML Services interface + Click to Dial - - SugarCRM is designed to be a complete customer/contact manager. Using SugarCRM we can manage all types of communications (faxes, text messages, phone calls, emails, and even tasks and scheduling) within one single system. Otherwise all these systems are separate and isolated from each other. One way it is integrated with A@H is once you enter all your contacts all you need to do to dial them is use the "click to dial" feature without having to dial the numbers manually. Your phone rings and when you pick up, A@H calls the contact you've requested.
  • Festival Speech Engine version (1.96) - - Festival is a speech synthesis system. It allows you to enter text that the Asterisk@Home server "reads out loud" to anyone calling the server. Using this, you can be sure the same voice is used across the whole asterisk server.
  • Asterisk Span DSP (0.0.2pre25) (Fax Support) - Optional Software based FAX. Automatically detects and receives incoming fax (on zaptel hardware). It sends the fax as e-mail with a MIME .PDF attachment.
  • Open A2Billing () - A2Billing with Asterisk is trying to meet the needs of large to medium-sized companies and start-ups engaged in the Calling Card business. A2Billing allows you to craft a calling card management system for your Asterisk Server. With A2Billing & Asterisk, prepaid/postpaid calling card services are easy to implement via a user-friendly but powerful web interface. Automated install script for A2Billing can be found at:

  • Linux CentOS (4.3) - - CentOS is 100% compatible rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), in full compliance with Red Hat's redistribution requirements. CentOS 2, 3, and 4 are built from publicly available open source SRPMS provided by Red Hat. CentOS conforms fully to the upstream vendor's redistribution policies and aims to be 100% binary compatible. CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork. CentOS is for people who need an enterprise level operating system with stability to match without the associated cost and support.
  • Apache Web Server (2.0.52-22.ent.centos4) - - The Apache HTTP Server Project is a collaborative software development effort aimed at creating a robust, commercial-grade, feature rich, and freely-available source code implementation of an HTTP (Web) server. The project is jointly managed by a group of volunteers located around the world, using the Internet and the Web to communicate, plan, and develop the server and its related documentation.
  • PHP (4.3.9) - PHP is an open-source, reflective programming language used mainly for developing server-side applications and dynamic web content, and more recently, other software.
  • PHPMyAdmin (2.7.0-pl2) - phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the Internet. Currently it can create and drop databases, create/drop/alter tables, delete/edit/add fields, execute any SQL statement, and manage keys on fields.
  • MySQL Database (4.1.12-3.RHEL4.1) - MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user, SQL (Structured Query Language) Database Management System (DBMS) with an estimated six million installations. MySQL AB makes MySQL available as free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL), but they also sell it under traditional commercial licensing arrangements for cases where the intended use is incompatible with use of the GPL. It is used in A@H Call Detail Reports and optional configuration information.
  • VSFTPD (2.0.1-5.EL4.3) - Very Secure FTPD is a GPL licensed FTP server for UNIX systems, including Linux. It is very secure, stable and extremely fast.
  • sendmail (8.13.1-2) - - Sendmail is an open source mail transfer agent. A mail transfer agent or MTA (also called a mail server, or a mail exchange server in the context of the Domain Name System) is a computer program or software agent that transfers electronic mail messages from one computer to another.
  • Nwebmail ( 0.1.80 ) - Nwebmail is a webmail client written in ANSI C. It allows users to check and send email from any web-browser. It accesses the mail spools directly for fast and efficient mail processing. It supports MIME attachments and can import/export address books.
  • OpenSSH (_3.9p1) - - OpenSSH (Open Secure Shell) is a set of computer programs providing encrypted communication sessions over a computer network using the SSH protocol. It was created as an open alternative to the proprietary Secure Shell software.

  • xPL () - We have a built in xPL connector that sends out information on Voicemail and CallerID.
  • Integrated WebMeetMe GUI (A@H 2.7) - WebMeetMe is a front end to the MeetMe add-on. It gives users full control and the ability to monitor telephone conferences over on a web browser.
  • Digium card auto-config (A@H 2.7) -
  • Weather agi scripts (A@H 2.7) - Weather agi scripts Fetch the weather from At is the weather stored in a text file that this script downloads and converts to a sound that is sent to the phone call. Default is Andrew's home city New York;-) This covers only US locations.
  • Wakeup calls (1.11) - Wakeup calls This is a wake up call feature. By dialing a phone number you can set the wakeup time when you would like to get a wakeup call.
  • Cisco SIP phone support () - We have a web interface and TFTP server that can configure Cisco SIP phones like the 7960
  • uLaw Sound Files
  • Java based SSH client
  • Samba Auto-Setup Script
  • VMware support -


  • trixbox/FreePBX training video Covers download, installation and configuration to give you a working pbx. Now includes installation of Asterisk Guru Queue statisitcs

Created by: agillis, Last modification: Thu 27 of Dec, 2012 (00:24 UTC) by disperato
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