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Installing Asterisk NOW and Configuring Soft Phones - Setup a simple VOIP system at home or office

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WIth the new AsteriskNOW its very simply to setup an Asterisk PBX (Private Branch Exchange) and make calls over your network for free. You can also link up Asterisk server to make calls over the PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network).

Its really a great way to communicate across a large network using the best way of communication:P using your voice. Best of all Asterisk is 100% free and very well documented making custom installations on all platforms and hardware equipment a lot smoother.

This hub is made up of two main sections

1. Installing Asterisk NOW

2. Creating User Accounts

3. Setting up sip softphone (using x-lite) registering user with the server

Installing AsteriskNOW

The installation of AsteriskNOW is very simply as it comes in ISO format which means you can simply burn the image to a cd and install it to a free partition. The AsteriskNOW image comes with all PBX software and a default copy of windows. It also comes with a nice graphical interface to esaily restart or shutdown your Asterisk server.

You can create new parition's on Linux using Gparted or any other common partitioning software.

Once you have burnt the AsteriskNOW image to a CD. Simply insert the CD into your cd/dvd drive and reboot your computer , and ensure that you boot up options are setup with the cd/dvd rom drive as first priority.

As your computer boots up it will try to boot off the CD and the asterisknow installation screen will appear

Now follow the instructions, and use suggested settings

Now follow the instructions, and use suggested settings


Once you have completed your installation Asterisk will load the console screen as shown below.

Here you can check the ip address of your Asterisk server, in this case

and as you can see you can access the Asterisk gui by typing that ip address into a web browser, I recommend using Mozilla firefox (version 2) as version 3 is currently unsupported.

Don't forget your password you setup from the installation as you will need that to log on to your Asterisk server and add registered users, voicemail and all that other stuff

AsteriskNOW console window

AsteriskNOW console window

Registering a User on Asterisk

Its simple to add users on AsteriskNOW simply log on through your browser e.g

you can also setup users manually using the sip.conf & extensions.conf files, but I will go through them later on in another hub or may update this one at a later stage.

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Once logged into AsteriskNOW follow the steps

- Click Users on the left hand side

- Now click New

- Add your new user's extension ( here i added 2000)

- You can also add a password, voicemail password, caller ID and a few other things but the main thing you need is the extension (4 digits)

Once you have done click SAVE

Now click the Activate Changes in the right hand corner to easily apply your settings, otherwise you can go into the asterisk CLI, and type dialplan reload or just reload the entire asterisk server


Setting up Sip Softphone

Nows it time to setup your sip softphone (not a real hardware phone same settings apply) with the registered user details setup previously.

For this task I used a popular sip softphone (x-lite FREE) available at

Now with an asterisk user ready to be used, install and then open up x-lite

In X-lite

- Right click on the x-lite screen and click settings

- Now enter the Display name

- Username & Authorization name

- and point the Domain and proxy to the address of your server in this case

Apply the changes


Making the calls

Now once you pressed ok on X-lite it should initialize with the server and your user should be registered and ready to make calls to every other registered user on the network.

If you want to find out who else is logged on to the server and you are able to make calls to

type " show sip peers"

Now make calls to networked users to your hearts content, In the next hub i will go through adding hardware phones and putting in PSTN connectivity so you can call landlines and mobile phones. Also how to edit sip.conf and extensions.conf when your using a regular version of Asterisk and not AsteriskNOW.

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vivalaser from usa on August 08, 2019:

Good article

janhavi on May 21, 2013:

I installed Asterisknow3.0 and using jitsi softphone. I am creatind two exxtensions as well and now i want to make call to those extensions , whenever i tried to call these extensions from softphone i get failed to establish call error.. Please help in this

mrudula on March 25, 2013:


i am doing a project which will do real time transmission of video .can i use asterisknow??

Adelo on September 23, 2012:


Very simple and clear

Looking for vpn connection between server and client side...

vijeth on July 03, 2012:

i ve installed asterisk n ekiga clients on 2 different machines....ekiga has successfully registered with asterisk....but when i call i m not able to hear any headphones works perfectly fine!!!! plz help me

anupam on March 27, 2012:

hi expectus...i have earlier used asterisk 1.8 on a fedora14 machine and it worked well, there we configured everything manually i mean all the configuration files. It worked perfectly.

now i have installed AsteriskNOW 2.01 beta(centOS 5.7+ asterisk1.8), everything got installed correctly. Now am trying to configure the extensions and configurations from the freePBX GUI and nothing seems to be working...I can't see the *.conf files over-written with the changes i make in the GUI.

can you please tell me whether i missed out something to install after installing asteriskNOW or i am going wrong somewhere else....

You help will be highly appreciated....

Gautham on March 16, 2012:

How to get the SIP address??? am really confused.. where can i find it?? If i would have to create one please let me know the ways to create one. I have a centos 1.3 asterisk installed in my computer and able to make outbound calls and calls inside the LAN. pls help m with it.

Gautham on March 16, 2012:


Hi i have installed centOS 1.3 in my network. I have setup the eyebeam soft phones and is working good. I purchased a toll free number from "" and am not able to setup my asterisk server to receive inbound calls. My toll free provider asks me to provide the SIP account info(like: user@domain address) but am really confused about what is this "user@domain address". Please help me with it. It would really be a timely help for me... I have setup a public static ip for my asterisk server, it has two NIC so it can also communicate in the LAN and it can be accessed from WAN using the public ip.

HASAN on February 25, 2012:

So i have added 2 Extension 1001 and 1002 Sip Device in the FreePBX admin. Then i installed the X-lite on the 2 computer which the same network as the AsteriskNOw. I set the user name,Authentication user name, I use the proxy setting and set the address to The 2 X-lite status is ready but i cannot make call to each other? (saying the person you are calling is unavailable please try again) where i type the command "show sip peers" at the console and found peers are Connected. Please help me soon....

janvi on February 15, 2012:

plz assist me for this..i need help for my projectwork..plz reply asap

janvi on February 15, 2012:

i m newbie to asterisk.i have installed asterisk and i m able to log into freepbx and web interface...i m facing problem in i suppose to install softphone on same asterisk now or on other operating system?

carlos on December 09, 2011:

i have done the installation assigned the extensions to the soft phones. but it is not registering them it says, registration error 408 time out, can you help with this.

microspecs on December 05, 2011:

Hi. My sincere appreciation Expectus, for the wonderful job u r doing with ur blog.

however, my name is microspecs and an MSC student intending to benchmark VoIP in the cloud with a case study of hosted VoIP. I have done all the necessary installations according to the guidelines on your blog. But I am unable to configure the asterisknow via the gui using the firefox 2.0. After entering the details, the save button doesn't seem to work and hence the changes i made arent registered.

Please kindly assist me as this the initial step to the main project.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on November 08, 2011:

Sorieba - have you got all the audio codecs installed? which codec are you currently using?

sstuck! - can you edit any of the .conf files manually using root user on the server?

anupam - it depends on which version of card you have , does it support multiple callouts? what happens when you get two users calling out with the pri card?

anupam on October 30, 2011:

Hi...Hi, I have installed AsteriskNow 1.8 with a Sangoma pri card. Is it possible for multiple users to work at the same time, like accessing the extensions.conf.

Stuck! on October 30, 2011:

Hi, I have installed AsteriskNow 1.7 with a Sangoma analogue FXO card. The installation appears to be successful, after downloading some extra rehat and Yum code. When I go to the GUI to add users or extensions. It does not allow me to create either Users or extensions, because I have to create dial plan first. There are some default dial plans, but I can not apply them to any of the trunks I have created. Neither will it allow me to create new dial plan not even internal.

I am logged in as admin on the GUI and root on the server shell. I seem to keep going around in circles.

Help please, I am desperate

Sorieba on October 14, 2011:

Expectus: I have been able to setup my asterisk server using asteriskNOW and 2 PCs with X-lite phones. The two PCs are all connected now, but after dialing the next PC it will ring and answer but will hear no sound.

Please help me on how to enable sound and messaging system.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soonest.

VoIPnewbee on September 25, 2011:

@expectus : u r post is really goood, have got skype with asterisk figured out

Joost Soontiens on September 13, 2011:


Installed asteriskNow without any problem.

I can login the system with ssh but my username and/or password is not accepted in the browser.

Where do I go wrong,

Pls help

Regards Joost

Tukae on July 14, 2011:

@expectus: Thanks for this good tutorials on how to install and use AsteriskNOW.

I am also interested on connecting skype with AsteriskNow, have you figure it out on how to do it?

Charlotte_r on February 05, 2011:


Very good tutorial.

I am thinking about setting up the following config:

Windows Server 2003: with Astericks PBX

(Would this run OK on W2K3? Or would I have to use AsteriskWin32, would the config be the same?

Then on separate windows machines within the same domain have X lite installed and configured.

Does anyone have any advice about the above config?

Thanks in advanced!!

no2y01 on January 31, 2011:

I installed asterisknow and it works fine.

I set up 2 laptop and 1 pc with x-lite, configure 3 ATA box (telco system) and create user extension (6000-6005)in asterisknow web gui. All unit works as expected! Our inter office telephone system are now via asterisknow!

Just asking if what open source billing software is compatible with asterisknow? and if posible, a guide (like this- simple&straight forward ^_^ ) on how to install it?

Thanks for this guide! More power!

Yousuf on January 29, 2011:

Installed Asterisk now ISO 1.7 using VM I got the IP using ifconfig command.I have only CLI interface how to open webbrowser

ran on January 20, 2011:


how calm when we try to install AsteriskNOW on freespace, we keep receiving a message that the driver doesn't have enough space, but we have a lot. is there anyway to deal with this?


expectus (author) from Land Downunder on January 05, 2011:

gren - it should be straight forward now that you have asterisk installed on vmware, setup the sip phone to use the asterisk server, assign it a extension number and pass

Rahul - what's the error?

Rajeev - have you saved settings and restarted asterisk?

Rajeev Srivastava on December 06, 2010:

I am getting error: Failed to establish call. I have successfully installed extensions.

pls help

gren on October 29, 2010:


I've read this entire thread hoping for some knowledge to what I'm trying to do but couldn't find any. I've been asked to install asterisknow onto Vmware (which I've already done) and my next step is to get this soundpoint 650 sip phone working with the software. I've been told it won't be fully functional due to the company network, and getting voicemail is just fine.My problem is I have NO idea where to start.


littlesandy on October 21, 2010:

i am trying to set up at asterisk-gui, but when I get the subversion and use the ./configure...command it does nt work and gives the following error

I used this :

Error: bash: ./configure: No such file or directory

pls help

enthusiast on October 12, 2010:

Hi I installed asterisknow on my computer , but i can only see the command line, I want to use the GUI, i am guessing the GUI did not come up because it said that it was missing startx, can u please walk me through

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on October 10, 2010:

if they don't register it sounds like you haven't saved and restarted the server after adding the users or the x-lite softphones can't communicate with the server

George on September 28, 2010:


what should be the network settings on Virtualbox? I installed AsteriskNOW (centos) as guest system on Host system XP.

I tried NAT network settings and I was able to ping out, but was not able to ping in. Also I got IP instead of as the host computer. I tried bridiging network settings but not able to ping out or do DNS lookup either.

Any idea how to configure Asterisknow on Virtualbox?

Wassim on September 24, 2010:

@ expectus i solved the problem by bridging the vm's interface to the laptops interface, because it makes it NAT by default.

Now i want to make internal calls so i create extensions and i configure X-lite like the created extensions but they don't register, any clue?

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on September 19, 2010:

fady - i'm not totally sure I will look into it for you, something to do with incompatible codecs perhaps?

Wassim - if I can recall I think it was because of the networking type he chose, is this on a stand alone machine or virtual machine? , are you accessing from same pc that has asterisk installed or over network

Wassim on September 15, 2010:

Hi expectus, i am having the exact same problem as reaz mahmood, i get the same IP as he got and when i put it in firefox, its did u solve it for him, if u did...thanks

fady on September 03, 2010:

Dear expectus ;

i have little problem with softphone XLite with asterisk trixbox, that when i call outside i can hear them but they can't hear me. if you can help i appreciate you .

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on August 06, 2010:

ctrevino - it sounds like a problem with your network settings, can you ping the address from the network?

Arend - its probably best to access the web gui from another computer connected to the same network. otherwise you can do everything through the command line

Arend on July 19, 2010:


Also i don't get the console screen after rebooting. Just the login. I can go to root@localhost with my password. (if i type asterisk -vvvgci then it does seem to run Asterisk and i get CLI command line)

Also i only have installed Asterisknow 1.4 with GUI. So, no other OS with web browser to access that IP address How do i go about?

ctrevino on July 11, 2010:

It is set up on a standalone machine. I do get a private ip address ( I even tried setting a static I still can not access it from another machine on the network. I thought maybe I missed something during the install and reinstalled everything again but still no luck.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on July 11, 2010:

if you have setup your asterisk box on a virtual machine you will need to have it setup to share network connections so you can reach it, if its stand alone it should already be reachable unless trying to reach outside the private network. are you getting a private ip address for it or public?

ctrevino on July 10, 2010:

Hello expectus, i was following this thread and u seem to be the power that be when it comes to AsteriskNow. I am a newbie to viop and I have chosen Aserisk to be my first subject and I have come to a roadblock.

I installed the latest AsteriskNow version ona standalone machine. I have logged in and pulled th ip address however whn I try and login on another machine on my network i get an unreachable error. Does the browser I am using make a difference? I am using IE8. Other than that, anything else I can try?

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on June 09, 2010:

Samer - so you want to have a publicly available asterisk server? you should be able to assign to specific sip id's in extensions e.g john@ or you can create your own domain name so people can call or something like that.

sooraj - you have to setup a voice menu for that to work, you can simply record wave files and have them play when people press a certain number on there keypad

sooraj on June 04, 2010: was very helpful...but could u please explain a bit on how i can place a call from some pc connected to my lan to the server and hear any set of pre recorded options??

Samer on May 26, 2010:

Hi sir,

I installed AsteriskNow 1.5 version and now i'm trying to add two extension to call each other ( the two PC and the PBX are working under a private network 10.1.3.X . as i read in the websites to create a number i need to create sip user then create an extension for this user,but when i logged to the system i found different menus (trunks, extension..etc) and it's different from other versions and i couldn't create any user so can you help me please.

Note:- i want both numbers sip type.

thnx for your time and support

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on May 13, 2010:

yea first step go into your server and get into the asterisk console asterisk -r, and type sip show peers and see if both phones are actually connected.

and another common way to check connectivity is go onto an xlite phone and see if you can dial your own extension, if you can't even call your own extension you definitely aren't connected.

if both phones are connected to the server ,then your problem lies with your dialing patterns, have you set what extensions force a sip call and what extensions go over a trunk etc?

john - yes well it responds automatically with a call cannot be connected msg. did you check sip show peers?

john on May 13, 2010:

Yes, i got the same issue. but if i diale to 7000 the wireshark will display that asterisk did response and play audio.

Asterisk on May 12, 2010:

Have have Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) loaded

any idea

Asterisk on May 12, 2010:

So i have added 2 Extension 8611 and 8628 by submitting Generic Sip Device in the FreePBX admin. Then i installed the X-lite on the 2 computer which the same network as the AsteriskNOw. I set the user name:8611, Authentication user name 8611 but different display name, i use the proxy setting and set the address to The 2 X-lite status is ready but i cannot make call to each other y? (saying the person you are calling is unavailable please try again) where i type the command "show sip peers" at the console?

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on May 12, 2010:

Its pretty straight forward just install x-lite on your two pc's, and make sure they are on the same network as your asterisk server, set them up with the extensions you have created through freepbx admin and a call should work between them no problems.

yes it does support IAX softphones, just create all your users/extensions with freepbx administration and don't worry about the sip.conf manual files

Asterisk on May 12, 2010:

Thanks for the Info, i thought i did something wrong not to get the screen. So i want to install 2 X-lite on 2 different pc and make then call each other. I you instruct me how to do it please? i am not a linux guru so how to configure my users manually by going through the server and find sip.conf and extensions.conf for me it was installed in /etc/asterisk/sip.conf. Also does it support IAX softphones like Idefisk IAX

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on May 11, 2010:

the above page shows an older version of asterisknow and all the new versions use freepbx administrations to edit users, trunks etc.

so just use the freepbx administration to do everything, just click extensions on the left to create them, and make sure to reload the server to save changes, if you feel like configuring your users manually you can go through your server and find sip.conf and extensions.conf for me it was installed in /etc/asterisk/sip.conf

Asterisk on May 11, 2010:

Hi Expectus

I have installed asteriskNOW. It is the same from the 2 video

My installation was same as in the 2 video:



Through out the installation i didn't get the Asterisk Now Console menu.

I got the ip address and enter it in the broswer. This log me to the FreePBX administration only.

How can i log me to the AsteriskNOW to click on user etc as mentionned above ????

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on May 05, 2010:

Landon - its strange your not using splitter , usually you need one on any line you have on the same phone line as your regular telephone otherwise it will just cut you off or cause static.

which port numbers did you open up?

Landon on April 30, 2010:

I am using AT&T 1.5 MB DSL. I use AT&T for phone service also, but there is no phone shared with that phone jack- just the DSL Modem.

I have successfully called another SIP on the same LAN, but I haven't subscribed to a trunk/DID service yet. Everything is internal.

The problem started when I configured voice mail. Whenever I make a call and get VM, it immediately disconnects and the wireless router has to be rebooted. It loses Internet connectivity as well as LAN connectivity.

I contacted Netgear and they told me "to open the ports for the VOIP in the router" via "Port Forwarding". I did that, but it didn't help.

I was wondering if I needed to update the firmware, but probably not necessary since Skype works fine.

Thanks again.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 30, 2010:

reaz mahmood - hmm sounds like it did not install correctly, you should be able to reach it from a web browser on same network as virtual machine, tell me one thing what network setting is your virtual machine on , NAT, Private or something else? and if you setup a vpn or remote connection , let me know of the details by going to contact expectus on the top right and I will check it out sometime.

Landon - what sort of internet connection do you have at the moment, is it running on the current telephone line with a splitter or something else, and what's your bandwidth like voice takes up very little bandwidth so it shouldn't disconnect you like that.

You shouldn't really need to make any real changes to your router when you use asterisk , its just like using any other voip application even skype. depending on who you sign up with for voip they will give you specific settings to enter into your asterisk server so that you can call to landlines and mobiles

Landon on April 29, 2010:

Thanks for the feedback expectus. I'm in Memphis and haven't found anything for 25 cents for local, but wish I could.

I also have a problem with my router (I think). Whenever I call and get voicemail, not only does it disconnect, it knocks my router off the network. I got some feedback from Netgear, but still having problems. Are there any instructions on how to configure your router with Asterisk?

Thanks again.

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

can you use any remote login session to see my problem?

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

when i put the ifconfig command i get the inet address when i put this address on the firefox of my vista host it says unreacable

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 28, 2010:

on the host os, so say you have windows xp running the virtual machine centos os , run your browser from windows xp as you wont be able to reach it from other computers.

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

sorry i am disturbing you a lot . but i am in a very bad situation

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

do you mean on the guest os or in the host os?

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 28, 2010:

so in command line just type ifconfig to get the ip address, then goto a webbrowser on the same pc , and type that into the address bar and that should be it

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

i can log into the centos.but in command line mode.

i an installing it in a virtual machine. when i enter the command 'asterisk -r' it says asterisk server is running. but how do i get the web console?

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 28, 2010:

centos os is the correct os it comes with asterisknow, all you do is startup your server , and login using root and the password you chose, then from there you can start the server or see the ip address of your server. Or you can start it manually by finding the asterisk directory.

answer these questions

- can you log in the centos os?

- are you installing this on a partition or virtual machine?

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

why my 'the asterisknow installation screen' doesn't appear when i boot from the iso image that has been downloaded from the asterisknow website?

or i am using a wrong one, which only installs cent os opearting system?

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

can u please do remote log in to my machine to sort things out. please this is my final year project, i really need it running. please....

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

can u please do remote log in to my machine to sort things out. please this is my final year project, i really need it running. please....

reaz mahmood on April 28, 2010:

how do i get the ip address of the asterisk server?

through ifconfig command? then should i need to go the server from web browser of my host os? please help

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 27, 2010:

what happens when you goto the ip address of your asterisknow server in your web browser??

once you have started the virtual machine with asterisknow on it and turned on the server if not already on

reaz mahmood on April 27, 2010:

i have installed asterisknow on a virtual machine from the iso file. but after installing i get the command line mode, not the asterisk console mode as shown in this post. please help me

reaz mahmood on April 27, 2010:


reaz mahmood on April 27, 2010:

i have installed asterisknow on a virtual machine, but it doesn'u give me the asterisk gui? please help me

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 16, 2010:

one - can you be more specific about your requirements, do you want to leave voice mail messages? or text messages and you want to setup conference calls up between multiple users?

Khan - Yes you can but its usually not recommended as it doesn't work so well as you scale it up , always take a careful look at hardware requirements and analyze how much load your server can handle as in my experience it starts getting slow with around 3-4 callers at a time

Khan on April 15, 2010:

Can I use it for hosted IP PBX for commercial purposes?

one on April 14, 2010:

can i know how to configure for the conference and msg...i want the manual way config...can u help me???

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 10, 2010:

reinstall asterisk not x-lite, what do you mean connect two pc's you mean make a call between two sip users?

you can just login into the linux os, and find where asterisk is installed, /etc/asterisk/sip.conf , something like that edit it with vim sip.conf and add users

one on April 07, 2010:

i just want to to config sip at the asterisknow 1.4.6 because if i refer for asterisknow 1.4.9 guide line it have configuretion sip at the the asterisk 1.4.6 did't have the advance menu at the how to config sip at the v1.4.6??

one on April 06, 2010:

reinstall asterisk or reinstall x-lite???

i try open the config panel with google i can fix up the users..tq...

but i can't connect the 2 pc...T_T

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 05, 2010:

sounds like the installation did not complete successfully, try reinstalling it

one on April 04, 2010:

i have using firefox v3.0...=) i also think,i not setup all the config properly...

1 thing,at the firstime when i login admin username,the asterisk GUI setup wizard is not appear but it straight go through the asterisk config normal setup or i have a mistake???

then after 1day i config the panel...the asterisk GUI setup wizard appear but i can't access it...when i click next after 3second it appear again the first page at asterisk GUI...why??or i must format and install again the asterisk???

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on April 03, 2010:

You have not setup the users properly, reason it selects them all is to do with what browser your using try using firefox version 2.0 or 3.0 it should work fine, then you can fix up the users.

Did u check the sip.conf and extensions.conf files?

one on April 01, 2010:


i'm a final year student and create the VOIP as my final project..i have install asterisk via asteriskNOW and have install and config X-Lite on two PCs like the simple step like this:-

install asteriskNOW

1. Installation Type: Express Installation

2. Automatic Partitioning: Remove all Linux partitions on this system

3. Network configuration: DHCP (default)

4. Administrator Password: remember this password

Initial setup

1.After reboot the screen will show the IP address of the new AsteriskNOW box.

Browse to that address ( by making use of your web browser and

login using the user credentials that you set before. The username is “admin”

and password is what you chose during installation.

2.Once logged in, click on the “Users”button in the left side bar so that we

create a new user extension.Then click on the “Save” button at the bottom

of the page and “Activate Changes” at the top.

Setting up IP Phone

1.It is time to try out our new extension. Install X-Lite and configure

it by right clicking on the application (X-Lite) and selecting “SIP Account

Settings”. Then click on the “add” button and set the following options in the

“Account” tab like:

• Display Name: Joe Doe (does not really matter)

• User name: 6000

• Password: 6000

• Authorization user name: 6000

• Domain: IP address of the PBX)

2.X-lite should show up as “Ready, your name is 6000”. Make sure that the

extension works by calling 7000 which by default is the “Voice Menu”system.

You should hear an automated voice asking you to dial an extension.

3.PBX configuration

•Set up a few more accounts like before.

Setting up toll free calling

1. Select the user that you created before and select a dialplan “DialPlan1”.

Remember to save and activate the changes

2. From the AsteriskNOW configuration click on the “Service Providers” and

then “Add Service Provider”.

3. Select “Custom VoIP” and the fill in the following fields:

•Comment: anything

•Protocol: SIP


•Username: anything

•Activate changes

4. Finally create a call rule by clicking on the call rules button on the left bar

and “add a calling rule” button. Use the following details:

•Rule name: free calls

•Place this call through: choose the provider that we just added

•If the number begins with: 1800

•Followed by 3 digits

•Select the “or more” option

5. Activate the changes

6. From X-Lite call the listing directory on 18005551212 - you should hear an

automated voice.

after finish all the configuration i connect that 2 pc and server with cisco switch,i make call for the 2 PCs.then it appear at both user are not online...but i can hear the voicemail went i dial 7000.plz help me!!!now i have no idea to troubleshoot.i have one week before my demo...

*one thing,when i click on the “Users” at the left side bar.when i want to select one user it select all.why i can't select one user???

one on April 01, 2010:


i'm a final year student and create the VOIP as my final project..i have install asterisk via asteriskNOW and have install and config X-Lite on two PCs like the step...when i connect that 2 pc and server with switch,i make call for the 2 PCs.then appear at both user not online...plz help me!!!i must demo this project next week...

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on March 25, 2010:

Yes you do need a provider to get to the outside world, not sure where abouts you live but there are many voip services in my area, i simply put the settings into my asterisk and put in some dialing rules and i can make very cheap calls. A permanent DID number will cost you a bit more than just a random number every time you make a call for my area i get calls for 25 cents local unlimited time.

Landon on March 23, 2010:

I have installed Asterisk via AsteriskNow and have installed and configured X-Lite on two PCs inside my LAN. Everything is working fine, but now I need to figure out how to make calls to the outside world. Do I need a DID provider? Can someone help me determine the next step along with the least expensive recommendation? I am not trying to start a phone business...just trying to save money on phone service. Thanks.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on March 21, 2010:

Hi jack, it wasn't a beta version but you should still be able to access the web gui using your web browser once you have the server running

Jack on March 19, 2010:

Is it AsteriskNow 1.4 beta?

Jon on March 19, 2010:

Hi Jack, in this post, he is using AsteriskNow 1.4. The version you probably have is AsteriskNow 1.5 which has a different interface and the most updated version as of now March-2010.

Jack on March 19, 2010:

Hello, I have installed AsteriskNow; but when I try to access the web GUI I do not get the same as the screenshot above. I can only access FreePBX. I cannot see any option for adding a user...

Also, when it first installs I do not get the Asterisk Console screen that you get. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Jack on March 19, 2010:

Hello, I have installed AsteriskNow; but when I try to access the web GUI I do not get the same as the screenshot above. I can only access FreePBX. I cannot see any option for adding a user...

Also, when it first installs I do not get the Asterisk Console screen that you get. Any help would be greatly appreciated

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 27, 2010:

hehe yea its a common mistake , goodluck using asterisk:)

Malik on February 27, 2010:

dah! (I'm a 'windows dummy' and now feel like a 'linux Idiot' lol), ifconfig = ipconfig, every thing works now and I thank you so much for your help..

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 27, 2010:

I can see your problem:P ipconfig is the command for a windows system not a linux one, use the ip command for a linux system , i'll let you figure it out its very similar to ipconfig goodluck :)

Malik on February 26, 2010:

Hi Expectus, Thanks for replying but I am still lost.

I've followed these 2 YouTube instructions:


[first video tells you installation from a to z.]


[second video tells you how to obtain server ip address]

but when I type "[root@localhost `]# ipconfig" I get 'command not found'.

if I type "[root@localhost `]# setup" then it takes me to the option where you can do

>network configuration

>run tool

>edit a device params>(press enter & you get first device to select)

> 'eth0-AMD790970 pcnet32 lane' >(enter & you get)

> 'Devernet configuration'

here all of my static ip/netmask/gatway ip are blank which shouldn't be per the video 1,

can you please help me to see what I'm doing wrong and how to obtain server ip address. (please note I've tried installation with linux text and graphical mode but no luck) plus no where near to the 'AsteriskNow console Menu' said in your page above. many thanks in advance for your asistance.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 25, 2010:

now that its installed note down the ip address of the server and simply login to the web interface with your browser, and use your username and password

Malik on February 25, 2010:

Hi Expectus, great knowledgebase!

I'm installing 'AsteriskNow' first time on a VM. Every thing worked ok upto 'Localhost Login',entered 'root' as user name & the password. After this I get this line: [root@localhost `]# and I am kinda stuck what to do from here... can't find further instructions, can you please help or point somewhere. Best regards.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 24, 2010:

asterisk the future of telephony , free pdf from download from the official asterisk webpage is a great resource step by step useful guide, but when it comes to specifics you really have to test and try it out

Mustafa on February 24, 2010:

is there any full details documents available to learn using Asterisk step by step?

please help me if you know any good source

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 20, 2010:

well if you want a line out you would have to buy that service unless the uni supplies this you would just have to get the settings for it

OJ on February 19, 2010:


I am new to Asterisks, infact i am just installing the asterisknow. I will like to know how to integrate it with google Gizmo5 in order for user to reach out beyond our campus.

expectus (author) from Land Downunder on February 15, 2010:

Hi azizzii , yea the Eikga soft phone should work fine, I've tested lots of soft phones on asterisk they are all pretty much the same to setup

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