I recently bought an 8841 for my home use just because I liked the handset (ebay 40 bucks). I have freepbx, a vvx500, and a cisco spa303. The 303 is trash (because of the lack of backlit screen, can’t even see the damn thing, outdated, etc.). I thought I would just configure it like all the rest but apparently, that was stupid of me. I have googled up and down, seen tons of threads talking about it and how cisco doesn’t play nice, and this phone line is different than the others, you’re supposed to use CUCM but it can still be done, maybe, etc. etc.
Compared to configuring most other phones, the 8841 seems like you need an advanced degree to get working on freepbx. I have seen talks of using a tftp server to upgrade/change the firmware, talks of BLF issues, different versions of the phone, people saying you have to use CUCM, people saying you DON’T have to use CUCM, people saying it’s so easy you just add some files and it’s good, and on and on. Then I click the provided links and they are dead because the topic was from 2019. So with that long rambling preamble out of the way, let me ask my questions:
- Can I use this phone with my freepbx setup (latest version) for my basic/home use?
- What do I have (with regards to the different versions, etc)? The info is: PID VID: CP-8841-K9-01. TAN 68-5281-01 E0. MSIP-CMM-TNY-CP-8841. What do I need to know about this “version”, “type”, whatever. Explain it to me like I’m a golden retriever.
- If I can use this with my asterisk/freepbx setup, what is the EXACT process to make this happen? As previously noted, I’ve read about 10 different topics on this already, and they all gloss over important details, contain dead links, etc. For example, people will say vague things like “you need to add a SEPmacaddress.xml.cnf” file. Ok. And how do I do that?
I just need a complete, explicit guide of how to do it OR a “no you can’t do it” answer. A link to an existing guide is fine, as long as it contains ALL the information, including the proper files, etc. I did try to do this already by Frankensteining together 10 different threads, but after setting up my TFTP server and putting the files in there, I see the phone talking to the tftp server but I just get a error loop of “error 2 in system call CreateFile The system cannot find the file specified” so I’m not sure if I am missing files or I have the wrong files or if I need to change some text in the files and what text to change, etc.
Compared to the other phones, you just go to the web gui, input a couple things and boom you’re done, this one seems a nightmare. Thanks.