How to register your phone using a .cfg file on the boot server

To perform this step, you must first have performed steps 2 and 3.

  • In Step 2, we set up the boot server and loaded the files onto it.
  • In Step 3, we configured the phone (or the DHCP server) to boot from the boot server.

The files of interest for this step are 000000000000.cfg and a0b0c0d0e0f0-phone1.cfg.

  1. Edit the 000000000000.cfg file on the boot server to load your local configuration files.

    1. Make a backup copy of 000000000000.cfg so you can restore it later if needed.
    2. Download this edited 000000000000.cfg, and copy it onto the boot server. It is identical to the one distributed in the standard Polycom load, except that we changed the entry:

      CONFIG_FILES=”phone1.cfg, sip.cfg”

      To read:

      CONFIG_FILES=”[PHONE_MAC_ADDRESS]-phone1.cfg, local-settings.cfg, phone1.cfg, sip.cfg”
  2. Download this copy of a0b0c0d0e0f0-phone1.cfg, and rename it with your phone’s MAC address. You can find the MAC address on the bottom of the phone or if the phone is functional by pressing the Menu key, then 2 (Status), 2 (Network), 2 (Ethernet…). The first line shows the MAC address.
  3. Edit the renamed a0b0c0d0e0f0-phone1.cfg to substitute the correct values from your service provider. This example file connects to Gizmo5. Here’s another example that connects to OnSIP and to a local ATA.
  4. Make sure the new 000000000000.cfg and the edited, renamed a0b0c0d0e0f0-phone1.cfg are saved on the boot server.
  5. Unplug the phone power cord and plug it in again. The screen says Welcome, 12 seconds to reboot.
  6. A couple of minutes later the phone screen says Welcome, then with any luck shows a line appearance icon at the top left of the screen. If the icon is an outline the phone failed to register correctly. If the icon is solid white on a black background, everything is working correctly. Make a call.

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