Asterisk: The Future of Telephony: The Future of Telephony [NOOK Book]

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This bestselling book is now the standard guide to building phone systems with Asterisk, the open source IP PBX that has traditional telephony providers running scared! Revised for the 1.4 release of the software, the new edition of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony reveals how you can save money on equipment and support, and finally be in control of your telephone system.
If you've worked with telephony in the past, you're familiar with the problem: expensive and inflexible ...
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Overview

This bestselling book is now the standard guide to building phone systems with Asterisk, the open source IP PBX that has traditional telephony providers running scared! Revised for the 1.4 release of the software, the new edition of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony reveals how you can save money on equipment and support, and finally be in control of your telephone system.
If you've worked with telephony in the past, you're familiar with the problem: expensive and inflexible systems that are tuned to the vendor's needs, not yours. Asterisk isn't just a candle in the darkness, it's a whole fireworks show. Because Asterisk is so powerful, configuring it can seem tricky and difficult. This book steps you through the process of installing, configuring, and integrating Asterisk with your existing phone system.
You'll learn how to write dialplans, set up applications including speech synthesis and voice recognition, how to script Asterisk, and much more -- everything you need to design a simple but complete system with little or no Asterisk experience, and no more than rudimentary telecommunications knowledge. The book includes:
A new chapter on managing/administering your Asterisk system
A new chapter on using Asterisk with databases
Coverage of features in Asterisk 1.4
A new appendix on dialplan functions
A simplified installation chapter
New simplified SIP configuration, including examples for several popular SIP clients (soft phones and IP telephones)
Revised chapters and appendicies reviewed and updated for the latest in features, applications, trends and best-practices
Asterisk is revolutionizing the telecom industry, due in large part to the way it gets along with other network applications. While other PBXs are fighting their inevitable absorption into the network, Asterisk embraces it. If you need to take control of your telephony systems, move to Asterisk and see what the future of telecommunications looks like.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596551629
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Are you new to Asterisk? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Jim Van Meggelen, Jared Smith and Leif Madsen, have written an outstanding book that is for those who are familiar with basic Linux administration, networking, and other IT disciplines. Van Meggelen, Smith and Madsen, begin by providing some background about how Asterisk is going to change the world of telecom. Then, they cover some of the engineering considerations you should have in mind when designing a telecommunications system. The authors continue by covering the obtaining, compiling and installation of Asterisk. In addition, they describe the initial configuration of Asterisk. The authors also introduce the heart of Asterisk--the dialplan. Then, the authors discuss some of the more important technologies in use in the Public Telephone Network. Next, they discuss Voice over IP. Next, the authors introduce one of the more amazing components, the Asterisk Gateway Interface. Then, they briefly cover the features and functions of Asterisk. Finally, they predict a future where open source telephony completely transforms and industry desperately in need of a revolution. This excellent book is the realization of a desire from the authors to deliver documentation which introduces the most fundamental elements of Asterisk--the things someone new to Asterisk needs to know. In other words, this book was written for, and by, the Asterisk community alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Good introduction to Asterisk

    Having no previous experience with Asterisk, I found this to be a very interesting and well-written book. Asterisk is an open-source telephony solution, allowing you great flexibility over your communication needs. This book is written for Asterisk newbies, it is not written for experienced Asterisk users. According to the preface, the authors believe that the major stumbling block for getting people to use Asterisk is the documentation. This book is designed to increase the documentation and make it easier to begin using Asterisk. I think the authors succeed admirably in this respect. This book assumes you have a basic knowledge of Linux administration, but does not assume any Asterisk experience and does a good job reviewing basic telephony concepts (e.g. you don¿t need to know what a PBX is to use this book). The authors take the reader through a simple Asterisk installation, including compilation, loading of directories, and dealing with updates. The authors continue this discussion by proceeding through an Asterisk configuration (including tips on debugging the application). Finally, there is a discussion on various Dialplan issues (which include voicemail). If that¿s all you¿re interested in reading, you¿ll have enough information to have Asterisk set up and configured. If you¿re interested in a little more information, the authors include some excellent material on telephony and VoIP. For the geek, the book includes a lot of very good documentation on the Asterisk Gateway Interface (AGI), which allows external programs to communicate with or control your Asterisk dialplan. I found this to be a very interesting book, well written, and easy to read. I would highly recommend this book if you¿re new to Asterisk.

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