About this book

Abilis CPX is a device which integrates many data-exchange and telephone services. The main built-in components are:

See www.abilis.net for details.

This book is an introduction to Abilis CPX installation, programming and usage. How to get diagnostic information and how to solve problems, too, are described but all details are not provided (this book is not a “technical reference”).

Expected readers

This book is intended for people who want to train themselves as Abilis systems planners and integrators. The underlying requisite is a general knowledge of telecommunication networks and protocols, especially IP and ISDN.

Book structure

This book is composed of five parts.

Typographic conventions

Communication with Abilis CPX is illustrated in this way:

[18:06:39] ABILIS_CPX: d t
Current Local Time     : Saturday 11/08/2007 18:06:41 (GMT+2.00)
Local Time Zone        : CET - Central Europe (Rome, Paris, Berlin, Prague...
Currently Observing    : Daylight Savings Time (DST)

The communication starts with a prompt, issued by the Abilis, in the above example called “ABILIS_CPX”. User commands follow on the same line (d t is a command to display date and time information). The text after the d t command is information output by the “ABILIS_CPX”.

If commands are present in normal text, they look like this: d d telnet. Names of configuration paremeters, diagnostic fields or statistic counters look like this: KEEPALIVE (uppercase configuration parameters can be modified in run time, that is, while ABILIS is running, while lowercase parameters require a reboot). Named values for configuration parameters look like this: YES.

Additional information can be marked as a “Note”:


Reasonable typographic conventions facilitate reading.

Good practices or easy-ways to results are marked as a “Tip”:


Reading the Abilis tutorial is the most reliable way to learn the Abilis features.

Actions which may produce unwished effects are marked with “Caution”:


Before entering IPACL instructions, double check not to make yourself filtered out!

Information about actions that can potentially lead to data loss or hardware damage are marked as “Warning”:


Don't pour water into Abilis CPX, its behaviour cannot be guaranteed in this case.


This tutorial is the result of a collaborative effort of the following contributors (in alphabetical order):

  • Luigi Demuro

  • Tomáš Klinkovský

  • Leo Mantovani

  • Angelo Pignoli

  • Marco Bellesia

  • Nicola Trevisani

Any suggestions or comments can be sent to Abilis technical support ().