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ISBN-13: 978-0321525666 ISBN-10: 0321525663 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321525663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321525666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefan Wintermeyer is founder and director of AMOOMA GmbH, a leading provider of Asterisk telephony solutions in Europe. He was Germany’s first Digium-Certified Asterisk Professional and continues to share his knowledge through conferences, seminars, and workshops. Stephen Bosch is an Asterisk consultant and writer who divides his time between Calgary, Canada, and Aschaffenburg, Germany.


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Customer Reviews

This book is really great to get started with Asterisk.
Stephan Richter
It was the most current book I could find on the subject and did a great job of introducing a great variety of subjects within the realm of Asterisk.
Steven C. Schoeneman
The concepts are well defined and easy to understand it reads very easily and covers a lot of topics.
K. Binder

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. Schoeneman on May 18, 2011
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I purchased this book when I became responsible for the Asterisk PBX at my last job. It was the most current book I could find on the subject and did a great job of introducing a great variety of subjects within the realm of Asterisk. The examples were thorough and relative to tasks many Asterisk administrators face.

I would have liked to seen better coverage of hardware, specifically FXO, FXS, T1/PRI and DAHDI drivers. The information presented was not sufficient to get past some of the hurdles that I encountered in getting my Digium hardware to work. The best source I found for that was Digium's Advanced Asterisk class.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to wade through all the outdated information that's available on the web. The information is out there, but it takes some time to separate the relevant from the rest. The information that was presented was clear in which versions it applied to and differences between versions was documented as well. All dialplan applications were documented for a handy reference in case you are not in front of a console as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Binder on January 10, 2010
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I am fairly new to asterisk and have tried to find my way around the asterisk product with web searches and howto's.

This book is like a real user manual. The concepts are well defined and easy to understand it reads very easily and covers a lot of topics. I have not completed this book yet but after 3 chapters It is already worth it.
I got many of the "now I get it" moments while reading so far. I was doing some changes in asterisks not always knowing exactly what they did mean or how they fit in the broader picture.

The examples are very clear and cover the very basic asterisk without a front-end like freepbx, ... even if you never plan to work with the base packaged it is helpful by explaining the underlying architecture.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Ligas on January 11, 2010
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I received this book a week ago and have slowly been going through it but have not made it all of the way so I cannot give a full review of the book but to this point I am impressed. I am fairly new to the world of Asterisk only using it for the last year or so and I was looking for a book that could easily explains some of Asterisks functions along with giving clear examples. This book does both.

I feel like the authors really went all out in trying to make you feel like they wrote the book for people. Not just throwing all of their information in to one place and letting you sort it out. The chapters and well placed and when I am in the need of finding something quickly the index fully lists where everything can be found at with ease.

Out of my IT books that I've accumulated over the many years this book is in my top 10 right now and would recommend this book to anyone just beginning with Asterisk or someone needing a desktop reference guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Paul on March 25, 2010
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This is a well written book for beginners.

Pros:
Simple to follow
Author prepared the book in such a way that it builds the foundation first.
Learn by practice approach [means , while reading you build the system]

Cons:
Does not cover Asterisk installation[but voip-info org has step by step instructions]

I HIGHLY recommend this book

Make sure
you have a spare system to tryout.[I made my laptop dual boot with centos]
Another system w/some soft phone installed [I tried to use the same system and ran into some audio issue]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 17, 2010
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Practical Asterisk 1.4 and 1.6 from Beginning to Expert offers a fine guide to networking and telephony operations for Asterisk, a program notorious for its poor internal documentation. This volume is thus a 'must' for any Asterisk user, going beyond 'supporting documentation' to BE the documentation key to getting Asterisk to work well. From configuring the initial system to using its powerful features, Asterisk programmers will find this a 'must'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harris Jay Chasen on January 30, 2013
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It's a good book for older versions of Asterisk, but take my word for it; you REALLY WANT to be on Asterisk 1.8. There are security and stability issues with 1.4 and 1.6 that 1.8 fixes. There are a lot of changes in 1.8. So the book is handy, but not worth full price, and you'll need another book anyway...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexey Ch on November 23, 2011
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Written by a high professional. Author explains every concept with simple and clear example.
While reading, you find tricks and tips from author that allows you to get more than just information from this book, but a knowledge of using Asterisk.
As to me, it should be read right after "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guides)" ([...]) because it's more practical book and requires some understanding, experience with Asterisk.
I reccomend this book for those, who took Asterisk seriously.
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