How to Add Custom Ring Tones to a Cisco IP Phone
Your business is one-of-a-kind, and custom ring tones on your Cisco IP phones can reflect that. Custom ring tones consist of a pulse code modulation file and an XML file. The XML file lists all the PCM files that you have created. These reside in the TFTP directory on each Cisco Unified Communications Manager server. To create a custom ring tone, you need to create a PCM file, modify the XML file, upload both to the TFTP directory on your server, and restart the TFTP service.
Create PCM Files
Each ring tone needs its own PCM file. You can use an audio-editing program, such as Acoustic Labs Audio Editor, Expstudio Audio Editor Free or DarkWave Studio, to create a PCM file. Make sure the PCM file does not contain a header. The file should contain 8 bits per sample and 8,000 samples per second. Keep the ring tone size between 240 and 16080 samples, and the number of samples should be a multiple of 240. The ring tone's sound wave should begin and end at 0 decibels. Use uLaw compression when saving the file.
Upload PCM Files
Upload the PCM files to the Cisco TFTP server. If you have multiple Cisco Unified Communications Managers, upload the PCM files to each server. To start, open the Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration window. Click "Software Upgrades," "TFTP" and "File Management." In the TFTP File Management window that opens, click "Upload File." Click "Browse" in the box, and browse to and select the PCM files. Click "Upload File."
Edit the Ringlist.xml File
Download the Ringlist.xml file from the TFTP server. Open it in Notepad or another text editor. Format the file like this:
Cache the Ringlist.xml File
To refresh the Ringlist.xml file, you need to start and stop the TFTP service. To begin this process, open the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Administration console, click "Navigation" and then click "Cisco Unified Serviceability." Click "Tools," then "Network Services." Click the "Server" drop-down list and choose your server. Click "Go." Next to the TFTP service listing, click "Restart." A message tells you that it may take some time; click "OK." You can now use your custom ring tones on your Cisco IP phones.
This article applies to all Cisco IP phones running Cisco Unified Communications Manager 10.0. The steps might vary for other versions of the Unified Communications Manager.
References & Resources
- Cisco: Cisco IP Phone 7821, 7841, and 7861 Administration Guide for Cisco Unified Communications Manager 10.0 (SIP)
- Cisco: Cisco Unified Communications Operating System Administration Guide, Release 10.0(1)
- Cisco: Cisco Unified Serviceability Administration Guide, Release 10.0(1) -- Services
- Softonic: Acoustic Labs Audio Editor
- Download.com: Expstudio Audio Editor Free
- Software.Informer: DarkWave Studio