Gigaset VoIP phones are delivered to the end-user requiring minimal user interaction for set-up and keeping up to date. The end-user experiences the same “plug & play” behaviour as for analogue phones. Unlike classic phones using a PSTN connection, VoIP phones require a variety of configuration parameters which have to be loaded automatically when the device is connected to the IP Network.
Provisioning is the process for uploading the necessary configuration and account data to the phone. This is achieved with profiles. A profile is a configuration file that contains Gigaset VoIP phone-specific settings, VoIP provider data as well as user-specific content. The file is hosted on an HTTP provisioning server which is accessible by the phone in the public (Internet) or local network. A profile is loaded onto the phone via its Ethernet interface.
Auto provisioning is defined as the mode of operation by which the Gigaset VoIP phone connects automatically to a server and downloads both provider-specific parameters (such as the URL of the SIP server) and user-specific parameters (such as the user name and password) and stores this in its non-volatile memory.
Auto provisioning is not necessarily limited to the parameters required for VoIP telephony. Auto provisioning can also be used to configure other parameters, e.g. the eMail settings, if the Gigaset VoIP phones support these features. However, for technical reasons auto-provisioning is not possible for all of the configuration parameters of the phone. As a general rule, all parameters concerned with IP services can be modified by auto-provisioning.
Please see the Gigaset pro Provisioning Guide in which you can find all necessary information and prerequisites for testing your own provisioning server.