Endpoint Configuration Manager for FreePBX

Ed Macri (mac) and I introducing a FreePBX module that creates phone config files at the Atlanta Asterisk User’s group meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. You can attend on the conference bridge if you like. Instructions are here.


Here is a copy of the press release.


Endpoint Configuration Manager Released for FreePBX
EPWORTH, GEORGIA and PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN (May 25, 2009)-Ed Macri and John Mullinix, with help from Tony Shiffer and Joe Roper, have developed an Endpoint Configuration Manager Module for FreePBX that will automatically generate configuration files for many brands of SIP phones.

Bulk configuration of SIP phones required manual manipulation of several, not too easy to understand, text files, until now. This module presents the user with a simple, web-based user interface. The user selects the phone’s manufacturer from a drop-down list, selects its extension number from a drop-down list, enters its hardware mac address and clicks the add button. The software then generates the required configuration files and places them in the boot folder of the tftp server on the system. This software, with a properly configured DHCP server, will allow you to take a phone out of the box, plug it in and it will configure itself.

Release 1.0.0 of the module provides support for Snom, Polycom, Linksys, Aastra and Grandstream phones. More models and manufacturers will be added to future versions. The software is designed to work with a bar-code scanner by either bulk scanning all of the mac addresses into the software for extension assignment later, or by scan and assign each extension. Ease of use and simplicity was built into this module by its developers helping the end user streamline large installations.

Ed and John are integrators of FreePBX/Asterisk based phone systems. They have developed several smaller dial plan applications such as PBX time clock and the delayed paging script. The Endpoint Configuration Manager will expedite both large and small installations allowing endpoint management from the phone server itself. The module will be officially introduced at the Atlanta Asterisk User’s Group meeting Tuesday, May 26, 2009 (http://www.atlaug.com) and will be available for download at that time from the ColSolGrp’s website (http://projects.colsolgrp.net/projects/list_files/endpointman).

John Mullinix, Ed Macri