TrixBox Made Easy

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  • Plan and configure your own VoIP and telephony systems
  • Setup voicemail, conferencing, and call recording
  • Clear and practical tutorial with case study format

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 168 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2006
ISBN : 1904811930
ISBN 13 : 9781904811930
Author(s) : Barrie Dempster, Kerry Garrison
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Networking and Servers, Networking & Telephony, Open Source
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Barrie Dempster

Barrie Dempster is currently employed as a Senior Security Consultant for NGS Software Ltd a world-renowned security consultancy well known for their focus in enterprise-level application vulnerability research and database security. He has a background in Infrastructure and Information Security in a number of specialised environments such as financial services institutions, telecommunications companies, call centres, and other organisations across multiple continents. Barrie has experience in the integration of network infrastructure and telecommunications systems requiring high calibre secure design, testing and management. He has been involved in a variety of projects from the design and implementation of Internet banking systems to large-scale conferencing and telephony infrastructure, as well as penetration testing and other security assessments of business critical infrastructure.

Kerry Garrison

Kerry Garrison has been in the IT industry for over 20 years with positions ranging from IT Director of a large multi-site distribution company to developing a large hosted web server platform for a major ISP, to finally running his own IT consulting business in Southern California. Kerry was introduced to the world of Asterisk by a friend and began running his own business on it. After about a year of working with it and writing some articles that became extremely popular on the net, he felt it was time to start putting clients onto Asterisk-based systems. Today, Asterisk PBX systems represent a significant portion of his business revenue. Kerry has spoken at Astricon and does a regular seminar series in California. He is also the publisher of both and He is very active with the Asterisk and FreePBX community and has even contributed modules to the FreePBX project.

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What you will learn from this book

Chapter 1 introduces the essential telephony and IP telephony concepts to give the reader the necessary background.

Chapter 2 gives an overview of Asterisk the PBX software at the core of TrixBox and gives the reader a feel for the features of a powerful VoIP telephone system.

Chapter 3 explains the relationship between Asterisk and TrixBox and introduces the enhancements and power the combination of these tools provides.

Chapter 4 walks the user through planning a telephone system with accompanying spreadsheets to fill in, in order to properly plan for the installation and configuration of the system.

Chapter 5 gives the reader details on how to install TrixBox and how the basic administration components are used.

Chapter 6 applies the previous planning to the configuration of TrixBox to provide the features the reader requires from their telephone system.

Chapter 7 covers the telephone system from the point of view of the telephone handset and how the user of the telephone system can interact with it.

Chapter 8 looks at more advanced configuration options and differing types of telephone line that can be managed with TrixBox.

Chapter 9 briefly introduces the SugarCRM customer relationship management tool, integrated with TrixBox.

Chapter 10 shows the reader how to secure and backup TrixBox to ensure reliability of their system.

Appendix A has some acronyms and terms used throughout this book, which are also common terms in Telephony. This can be used as a quick reference to the terms when reading the book or configuring the TrixBox system

In Detail

TrixBox is a telephone system based on the popular open source Asterisk PBX (Private Branch eXchange) Software. TrixBox allows an individual or organization to setup a telephone system with traditional telephone networks as well as Internet based telephony or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). SugarCRM can be integrated with Asterisk, and is bundled with Trixbox offering real power and  flexibility.

The book begins by introducing telephony concepts before detailing how to plan a telephone system and moving on to the installation, configuration, and management of a feature packed PBX.

This book is rich with practical examples and tools. It provides examples of well laid out telephone systems with accompanying spreadsheets to aid the reader in building stable telephony infrastructure.


Learn how to set up and use TrixBox (formally known as Asterisk@Home) as a traditional and Internet telephone system. The book is written in an easy to follow walk-through style, building up concepts step by step, before guiding you carefully through the planning, deployment, and management of your telephone system.


The book is incremental and structured in its approach. It starts by clearly describing the basics of PBX systems and of Asterisk itself, on which Trixbox is based. Then the book explains how TrixBox links to, and controls Asterisk. Once the core concepts are understood, the book carefully takes you through each stage of setting up and managing your VoIP system  with an abundance of screenshots for easy implementation.

Who this book is for

Because the book covers the concepts and practices of both telephony and Asterisk, it is suitable for  both professional and home users with no prior telecom experience. It’s ideal for any user wishing to set up a telephony system for individual or small business usage. No previous knowledge of Trixbox or networking is required, although some basic knowledge of PBX and Linux would be an advantage.

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