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VoIP Planet: VoIPowering Your Office with Asterisk: SOHO VoIP, Part 7

Aug 31, 2006, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"In the previous installments in this series we learned how to connect legacy phone lines to an Asterisk server, how to record custom sound files and voicemail prompts, a couple of Linux soundcard troubleshooting tips, and how to set up a simple custom digital receptionist. Today we'll set up a more complex digital receptionist that answers incoming calls according to holiday and off-time schedules, and as a special bonus create a telemarketer tarpit that diverts unwanted calls into special contexts of their very own.

"The nice thing about computers is they are champions at doing boring, repetitive tasks, and Asterisk is no exception. You're probably familiar with PBX systems that require someone to manually turn on the after-hours or holiday greetings. Well now, in this here 21st century that's just silly. We're going to make the computer do the work..."

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