How do I install?
You have downloaded a tarball of the Asterisk source code. To install you will need to un-tar and compile the code on a unix-based system. There are several resources to help you compile from source:
- Instructions for compiling Asterisk on the Asterisk wiki
- Chapter 3, Installing Asterisk in Asterisk the Definitive Guide
- Video tutorials on the Digium blog
If you are not familiar with compiling code and would like a graphic installer download FreePBX instead.
How do I add hardware?
What's Next? Do you need hardware for your Asterisk deployment? Digium, the developers of Asterisk, have developed solutions designed specifically for Asterisk with SIP phones, VoIP gateways, and telephony cards. These products provide best of breed hardware for your Asterisk implementation and are tested and certified within the same development team which maintains and enhances Asterisk. With Digium hardware added to Asterisk, you can be assured your solution will work seamlessly.