[asterisk-users] University dumps CISCO VoIP for Asterisk

Eric "ManxPower" Wieling eric at fnords.org
Wed Sep 20 06:26:24 MST 2006

joea, j4computers wrote:
> Ferguson, Michael<ferguson at BRVMLAW.COM> Wrote on: 9/20/2006 8:03 AM:
>> G'Day List,
>> Interesting article. Enjoy
>> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/091206-von-sam-houston.html?t5 
>> Mike
> The text states that asterisk cannot do "secretarial" functions, meaning one person, or admin, cannot answer multiple lines.  
> This relates a bit to my recent post, asking about servicing multiple lines.  
> Implication is that asterisk can do that, but I am now concerned that there is no "uber function" that can allow a single person answer any line, for reasons of convenience or design.  Problem is, this was understood, rightly or wrongly, to exist, in preliminary inquiries (not here) and is a part of a potential clients desire.
> Can someone enlighten me?

The problem with a BLF (Busy Lamp Field) is that it's hard to find a box 
with 6,000 buttons on it, as would be required by above university.

Asterisk has several methods of picking up remote lines.  Group Call 
Pickup, Directed Call Pickup, and the standard way Asterisk rings 
multiple extensions at the same time via & in the Dial() Line, and BLF

If you want the "traditional" Key System style of BLF, then you need a 
phone that supports it.  The Polycom 601 Sidecar supports it in a 
limited way, and I've heard that SNOM supports it as well.

What SPECIFICALLY are you trying to do that you are unable to do?

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