Cisco phones will work with Asterisk, however they need to have the microcode replaced first. Easy to do but it has been almost four years and I don't quite remember the steps, just that it was easy to do.

Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On 12/5/2011 2:29 PM, Mike Wills wrote:
IIRC, the Cisco phone system at it's core is Asterisk.

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Mike Wills
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On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 2:18 PM, Peter Dow<petercdow@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Luke,
>
> I got involved in choosing a new phone system for my daughters' school.
> The system they got is called PBXact, and is based on Asterisk. There
> are other systems out there also based on Asterisk -- TrixBox, and
> others whose names I've forgotten.
>
> One thing to be aware of is that the phones that work with these digital
> PBXs are actually computers. When a phone is powered up, it will
> download customization "scripts" for its programmable keys from
> Aasterisk. PBX vendors do not support all phones out there. The school
> got Aastra phones which are relatively cheap, but now that they want to
> switch PBX vendors, we've found that the phones don't play well with
> other systems.
>
> I downloaded the free version of Trixbox (from trixbox.org) and
> installed it on a spare PC, but haven't had time to play with it yet.
>
> --
> *Peter Dow* /
> Dow Software Services, Inc.
> 909 793-9050
> pdow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pdow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> /
>
> On 12/5/2011 9:56 AM, Harman, Roger wrote:
> > They were my first stop also. Just wondering if anyone on the list has
> actually built something out of it.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pctech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Luke Gerhardt
> > Sent: Saturday, December 03, 2011 10:53 AM
> > To:pctech@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: Re: [PCTECH] Voice Mail - DIY anyone?
> >
> > Asterisk usually seems to come up in conversations about
> > rolling-your-own phone systems. I have no experience using it, but that
> > would be the first place I'd look...
> >
> > http://www.asterisk.org/
> >
> > On 12/3/2011 1:00 PM,pctech-request@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >> message: 3
> >> date: Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:57:51 +0000
> >> from: "Harman, Roger"<Roger.Harman@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >> subject: [PCTECH] Voice Mail - DIY anyone?
> >>
> >> Just curious if anyone has dabbled in building IVR or voice mail
> systems using TAPI cards. One of our smaller locations lost their voice
> mail and I'm looking for an inexpensive, but decent, 8-port system.
> >>
> >> Hardware or software recommendations?
> >>
> >> Thanks.
> --

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