Asterisk Essentials

This video course is designed to rapidly guide a new user through the installation and basic configuration of Asterisk.

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  • Online, on-demand Asterisk training
  • Over 6 hours of web videos
  • Free sample videos on Digium.com


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  • $299 (introductory pricing)


Asterisk Essentials is an online, self-paced, video course. 14 chapters include a total of approximately 60 videos, averaging between 5 and 6 minutes each. The course does not have a formal lab component, but does have numerous detailed examples that students should be able to implement themselves if they have access to a Linux system where they can install Asterisk. Digium does not provide a Linux system or Linux training, but students with even basic Linux skills should be able to follow along with the examples.

This course will teach you the most important things you need to know to install and administer an Asterisk system. It will also start you on the path of deeper Asterisk knowledge. The course includes several references to outside resources for additional information and further learning.

Buying this product will grant you access to all of the course videos for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase.

It's easy to get started with Asterisk Essentials! All you'll need to begin is a flash-enabled browser and speakers or headphones. You can learn a lot just by watching and listening to the videos, but we think you'll get the most from the class if you try out the examples yourself. We recommend that before you start, you get access to a Linux system where you can run Asterisk. You'll eventually want to connect a softphone to Asterisk, so it would be ideal if your system were on the same network as your Asterisk system. But don't worry if you can't manage that - we give some guidance for firewall configuration in the course. And even if you can't connect for all the examples, you'll still learn the basic concepts by following along with our examples.

In the Asterisk Essentials course, we cover a lot of information very rapidly. We don't recommend that you try to go through the whole course in just a single session. You're likely to learn the most if you watch 1-2 chapters at a time, over a period of about two weeks. Of course, you're able to watch each chapter more than once, so don't hesitate to review content that is confusing or that lays the foundation for more advanced topics. You may also find it beneficial to review earlier chapters once you have finished later chapters and have a better understanding of the concepts covered.

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Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999 by Mark Spencer, Digium has become the open source alternative to proprietary communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less. Digium offers Asterisk software free to the open source community and offers Switchvox, Digium's Unified Communications solution to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company's product line includes a wide range of telephony hardware and software to enable resellers and customers to implement turnkey VoIP systems or to design their own custom communications solutions. At Digium, we're changing the way businesses communicate.


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