Asterisk VoIP News

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Don't Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Use Asterisk

With apologies to Sidney Poitier, yes, even your doorbell can now be part of your Asterisk system. And it probably should. Kevin Flanagan and his wife run a ski lodge in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire. For baseball fans, you'll be interested in knowing that Babe Ruth spent a lot of time hanging out in Room #2 at the Cranmore Mountain Lodge primarily because his daughter owned it in the 1940's.

Anyway, Kevin wrote us about his DOORBELL several months ago, and we've been chomping at the bit to publish his article but were just waiting for a lull in the Asterisk updates. I hate to even say that for fear that Asterisk@Home 2.8 will hit the street in the morning. So, today, we're going to show you how to hook up your doorbell to Asterisk. And, we'll throw in an intercom as well. When someone rings your doorbell, they'll get music on hold or a prerecorded announcement while your phones go crazy!

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