Drone for VoIP and Dragon Headset

With the Drone bluetooth adapter and the Dragon headset, you no longer have to sit in front of your laptop/computer to  complete your VoIP/Skype call or listen to your favorite music. With this pair you have up to 300ft to roam free before the sound drops out on you. (the supposed exact range is 100 meters or 328ft)

This is wonderful because you can now use your soft phone without your laptop being attached to your hip. Just plug in the adapter and sync up your headset and off you go.

Asterisk and Mitel 5340 myth Demystified

We have our pbx in a flash server (Asterisk) running with a bunch of softphones (because they’re free), and it works great but what is a sip based pbx if you can’t use it with a real sip based hard phone?

With that said all we had available to us were a bunch of Mitel dual mode 5340 phones sitting on our desk running the Minet protocol. We figured why not take advantage of the fact that we had some really cool sip based phones at our disposal. And that’s just what we did, we got the 5340 phone working with our asterisk server. (really cool stuff)

Now your probably wondering how we did it? Well in searching for answers across the internet we found very little information, but lucky for you we figured it out. We know knowledge transfer is one of our civic duties, so sit back and let us show you how to get your mitel phones working on your Asterisk system.

Disclaimer: Unfortunantely we were only able to test this on the Mitel 5340 model phone running firmware version R7.0.01.02.01.08 but we believe this will run for most of the newer model phones running version 7.0 and up.

Step 1.

Setup your dhcp server (we used a microsoft dhcp server but you can use whatever you like) with the following options

Typical DHCP Options

Option 003 Router – IP address of your default gateway

Option 006 DNS Servers – IP address of your dns servers

Mitel Dependent Options

Option 042 NTP Servers – ip address of your ntp servers

Option 066 Boot Server Host name – ip address of your asterisk server

Option 128 Asterisk Tftp server – ip address of your asterisk server or wherever your hosting tftp files.

Option 138 Mitel Sip ID – 200

After you’ve completed your dhcp settings its on to learning a bit about configuring the mitel 5340 phones.

For those of you that aren’t using dhcp and want to set static values for your phone all you have to do is hold down on the super key (the blue key on the Mitel 5340) while your phone is powering up. Make sure you follow the onscreen prompts and don’t forget to add your proxy (asterisk) server and the tftp server. Without these your phone will never register.

Step 2.

In order to change the Mitel 5340 to use sip you have to hold down the * 7 (that would be the star and number 7 keys at the same time) while the phone is powering on. Hold down on those two keys until the change is confirmed.

Now reboot it to confirm that it is in sip mode. You can either do this by holding down the *7 keys and wait for the message that says “already in sip mode” or wait until the phone boots and says “Starting Sip…”

Once you’ve confirmed its running in sip mode all you technically need is a user that is setup on your asterisk server. Just enter your user id when the phone prompts you to login. Here’s the not so nice part about it, because Mitel doesn’t allow you to enter the password for the extension or user that you have setup your phone will never register properly. Lucky for you there is an easy fix, all you need to do is log into the web admin interface of the phone. Type in the ip address of the phone in any standard browser and enter “admin” as the username and “5340” as the password. (This can be changed at anytime through the browser or your config file) Click on “Users and Passcodes” and change the passcode there. Now click on “Registration” and hit Re-register. You should now see your phone registered to the asterisk server and be able to make and receive calls on it.

Simple right!!

Now on to the even cooler stuff. Its up to you at this point if you want to go any further. The next section will tell you how to setup config files and firmware so you can deploy multiple phones all at the same time.

Unfortunately we cannot download firmware from Mitel’s site because we are not a partner so unless you are a Mitel partner you’ll have to use the existing firmware on your phone.

If you plan on upgrading phones and applying configurations to individual phones you’ll need to upload the firmware and create the individual config files for your phones to use.

Mitel config files are pretty cool in that they are easy to use and understand because of the xml based structure.

Step 3.

Here are the files that you will need create or just download from here:

Download “MC_(Mac_Address).cfg.zip” MN_Mac_Address.cfg_.zip – Downloaded 1037 times – 508 B

Download “MN_(User).cfg.zip” MN_User.cfg_.zip – Downloaded 816 times – 494 B

Download “MN_Generic.cfg.zip” MN_Generic.cfg_.zip – Downloaded 988 times – 483 B

Complete xml config file example: 

Download “Sample_Complete_MN_Generic.cfg.zip” Sample_Complete_MN_Generic.cfg_.zip – Downloaded 975 times – 3 KB

Note: The phone will boot and look for those configuration files in that exact order.

We found that a good base to start with is configure a complete NM_Generic.cfg file that will allow to setup and configure all of the buttons, and all the necessary options to get the phone up and running. Then create a MN_<Mac Address>.cfg file for each individual phone that will contain all display name and line information.

And thats all there is to it. You should be on your way to rolling out hundreds of mitel phones on your asterisk system in no time.

Have you heard of AsteriskNow

We’ve watched Asterisk grow over the past couple of years and we have to say we are really impressed with how far they’ve come. We downloaded “PBX In A Flash” in the past week, set it up in about 20 minutes and had a full phone system up and running with a sip trunk in no time what so ever, we’re still trying to figure out why we waited so long.

Anyway we just discovered AsteriskNow which we guess is the equivalent to PBX In A Flash. If we have some time we’ll perform this install and let you know how it goes. In the interim here is some info from the Asterisk site.

AsteriskNOW™ is a Software Appliance; a customized Linux distribution that includes Asterisk®, the AsteriskGUI™, and all other software needed for an Asterisk system. The world’s leading open source telephony engine and tool kit, Asterisk, can now be easily configured with a graphical interface. AsteriskNOW™ includes all the Linux components necessary to run, debug and build Asterisk, and only those components, so installation is easy. You no longer have to worry about kernel versions and package dependencies. Unlike other Linux distributions used to deploy Asterisk, no unnecessary components that might compromise security or performance are included.

Asterisk®

Asterisk is the world’s leading open source telephony engine and tool kit. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary communications, Asterisk empowers developers and integrators to create advanced communication solutions…for free.

Asterisk is released as open source under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and it is available for download free of charge. Asterisk is the most popular open source software available, with the Asterisk Community being the top influencer in VoIP.

Asterisk was created by Mark Spencer of Digium, Inc in 1999. Code has been contributed from open source coders around the world, and testing and bug-patches from the community have provided invaluable aid to the development of this software.

Learn more about Asterisk and what it can do.