I got an Asterisk Appliance from VoiceIP Solutions for the purpose of writing up some labs. I just got my hands on the unit and the first thing we are a going to do is upgrade the firmware. I’m going to start by plugging my laptop’s ethernet into the LAN port on the Asterisk Appliance.
The unit I’m working with is AA50. You can only get the firmware by registering with Digium. Which is inconvenient. Not a very open policy for an open source product. In any case you must obtain the current AA50 uImage-126.96.36.199 image for browser upload. Which I won’t lie… it is not easy. There is a clearly marked drop down for documentation on the Digium support page. I easily found the PDF, but there was no link to the firmware. I ended up using their built-in search bar to find a page with a link to the AA50 firmware. I then accidentally downloaded the CD ISO image first. I did eventually find and download the firmware. I logged into the appliance and chose the update tab.
Digium made this so easy I decided against calling this post a “tutorial”. After I found the firmware everything went very smooth. The Asterisk appliance PBX rebooted with the new firmware update in about 3 minutes.
My configs were in place and my Asterisk Appliance is running like a champ! I’ll make another post about the AA50 later in the week. I’ll probably run through some basics like adding a Polycom phone and connecting to a VoIP provider. Stay tuned. Thank you VoiceIP Solutions for lending me the unit!