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Asterisk for Banana Pi R1 (FreePBX Image included)

After doing the FreePBX Asterisk Image for Banana Pi, I was asked by SINOVOIP (Banana Pi Manufacturer) to do an Asterisk Image for their router board, i.e. the Banana Pi R1. SINOVOIP has been very kind to send me a complimentary BPi-R1 for testing and developing.

It took me some time to get this done, but the image is finally ready. This image differs from my earlier Banana Pi Asterisk image in that, the earlier image was created by simply replacing the rootfs of a Raspbian based BPi Image, with RasPBX Image’s rootfs. However, this time I have actually been able to compile Asterisk on the latest Bananian Image for R1. This means that you can now have a powerful, complete and rather flexible Asterisk 11 (upgradable to 12!) desktop system with FreePBX, running on the BPi-R1. Further, Bananian offers lightening fast boot and load times with remarkable performance. (You can compare the speed with my earlier RasPBX based Image to see for yourself.)

The image comes preloaded with Asterisk 11, along with most of the standard FreePBX modules. Upgrading to Asterisk 12 should be pretty easy.


  • Login: root
  • Password: root
  • FreePBX Username: asteriskuser
  • FreePBX Password: pi

Note: I have tested this image (before and after upgrading to Asterisk 12) successfully with a BPi-R1 for SIP (using Android devices running Zoiper), along with video calling. Please be aware that 2 extensions (made during testing) already exist in the image and can be removed (I somehow forgot to delete them ;)). Also note that video calling is disabled by default and needs to be enabled from the pbx settings.


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Download both files and then un-rar using WinRar or any other appropriate program


Asterix for Banana Pi (FreePBX img file for Banana Pi included)

What is Asterix?

Asterisk is a software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX); it was created in 1999 by Mark Spencer of Digium. Like any PBX, it allows attached telephones to make calls to one another, and to connect to other telephone services, such as the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Its name comes from the asterisk symbol, *. [Source: Wikipedia]

Asterisk is like a box of Legos for people who want to create communications applications. It includes all the building blocks needed to create a PBX, an IVR system, a conference bridge and virtually any other communications app you can imagine. [Source: Official Asterix Website]

What is Banana Pi?

Banana Pi is a single-board computer built with ARM Cortex-A7 Dual-core (Allwinner A20 based) CPU and Mali400MP2 GPU, and open source software, Banana Pi can serve as a platform to make lots of applications for different purposes.

The RasPBX Project

This is a project dedicated to Asterisk and FreePBX running on the Raspberry Pi. Later, the Beaglebone folks ported RasPBX for the BeagleBone Black (BBB).

Asterix for Banana Pi

Sadly, the RasPBX project doesn’t support the Banana Pi yet. I looked everywhere on the net for an Asterix based PBX image for Banana Pi, but looks like no one has done this yet or they did but didn’t share . So, I decided to make one myself.

I simply replaced the rootfs on the Banana Pi’s Raspbian based image with RasPBX’s rootfs. The image should work on any Banana Pi variant with the Allwinner A20 processor (including Banana Pi, Banana Pro and Sinovoip’s Banana Pi M1).

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The image file is 3.7GB, I am uploading a winrar compressed version that is approximately 437MB . Use a suitable application to un-compress it after download.
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  • FreePBX Username: asteriskuser
  • FreePBX Password: pi


FreePBX UIFreePBX_admin_screen

Further  Resources:

Directions to write the image to SD card

Read Documentation from RasPBX’s official website


PS: I have tested the image and it’s working fine. If you are facing any problems with it, feel free to post a comment and I’ll be happy to help. 🙂