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The 3CX IP PBX Tutorial

By : Robert Lloyd, Matthew M. Landis, Matthew M Landis
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The 3CX IP PBX Tutorial

By: Robert Lloyd, Matthew M. Landis, Matthew M Landis

Overview of this book

Traditional PBX systems have often been expensive and proprietary. With 3CX, you can now create an easy-to-use, complete, and cost-effective phone system on Microsoft Windows. This practical guide offers the insight that a reader needs to exploit the potential that 3CX has to offer.This practical hands-on book covers everything you need to know about designing, installing and customizing 3CX to create an all-inclusive phone system. It takes a real-world approach that walks you through all aspects of 3CX and its features. From installing the software, to backing things up, to understanding what hardware you need – this book covers it all.The 3CX IP PBX Tutorial will take you from knowing very little about VoIP to almost expert level with detailed how-tos on every aspect of 3CX. Starting with the basics, and covering the free version of 3CX as well as the more advanced features of the Enterprise version, you will learn it all.In other words, this book covers numerous topics such as installation and configuration of 3CX, choosing a VoIP Provider, integration of a trunk into 3CX, the commonly used 3CX hardware, and backing up your phone system.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
The 3CX IP PBX Tutorial
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Chapter 2. Downloading and Installing 3CX

Now we can get down to the business of actually getting 3CX installed. We'll take a look at what we will require in order to set up a 3CX Phone System, what computer or server we will need to use for our system, where and how to get 3CX and the keys to use it, and finally the 3CX installation. In this chapter, we will have a look at the following:

  • What you will need

  • 3CX server requirements

  • Choosing a Windows operating system

  • Downloading 3CX and getting a key

  • Installing the 3CX Phone System

  • Checking if 3CX is up and running

What you will need

There are just a few things that you will need in order to build a complete phone system using 3CX, which are:

  • A Windows desktop or server computer

  • Some DHCP server (a small router will do)

  • Three hardware handsets or softphones

  • Broadband Internet and a SIP trunk

  • A SIP PSTN Gateway device (if we want to connect to PSTN lines)

Why three phones? It is because three phones will let us test all the different call transfer and...