This article provides an overview of the Auto Attendant number.


Your Hosted PBX Automated (Auto) Attendant gives you the capability to help your callers reach the people or information they require quickly and easily, 24 hours per day. It greets your callers with a set of options that correspond to keys on the telephone keypad. Based on the options you present to your callers, Auto Attendant can route calls to specific people, groups of people in order or at the same time, provide outgoing information, and much more. Your Auto Attendant number can even become your fax number.

This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up your Auto Attendant to meet your specific business needs.

As you use this tutorial to learn about the various features of your Auto Attendant and how to configure them, you will need to develop an idea of how you want the system to answer your calls and which options you want to provide to callers.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when setting up your Auto Attendant:

  • How will your Auto Attendant route calls?
  • Which people within your company do you want to be reachable through this Auto Attendant?
  • What outgoing information do you want to provide to callers?
  • Do you want callers to be able to Dial by Name or Dial by Extension to reach employees?
  • Will you want different options played to callers after hours?
  • Will it be necessary to create a Weekly Schedule that automatically activates different Menus based on time of day and day of the week?


In order to set up and manage your Auto Attendant, you must log in. Once logged in, you will be able to set up and modify your Auto Attendant, listen to voicemail, view faxes, and manage other aspects of your service such as changing your PIN and viewing your billing and call history. Additionally, you may access several features of your Auto Attendant such as voicemail and faxes through any touch-tone phone.

Web Interface
Go to HostPilot> Services > SIP-T & PBX 2.0 > Numbers & Extensions > Auto Attendant.

Phone Interface

  1. Dial your Auto Attendant Phone number
  2. Enter your PIN over the initial ring or the greeting (either the temporary system-generated greeting or a greeting you have previously recorded).
  3. Once you have entered your PIN, you are in command mode where you may listen to voicemail, access Faxes and record greetings.


Your Auto Attendant can direct your callers to any phone number, the outgoing message, additional Menu, or group of phone numbers.

You set up a Menu of choices, and the caller selects the appropriate choice, for example:


Your Auto Attendant has the capability to provide your callers with outgoing information (Bulletins). You create and record these Bulletins, which are then played to callers in association with specific Menu choices that voice the recordings.

A Bulletin allows a pre-recorded message to be presented to the caller along with up to 3 options. It is typically used as a child of the main menu.

An example of a common use case for a Bulletin is hours and location for a business. A caller can be presented with the option to press 1 to hear our hours and location from the main Auto Attendant menu. Pressing 1 will route the caller to the appropriate Bulletin, and the Bulletin will play the pre-recorded greeting. The caller can then select from the options set within the Bulletin to perform another action. Such as press 0 to return to the main menu. Or, press * now to leave a voicemail.

Note: Remember while recording the Bulletin greeting to inform the customer of what their button press options are.

Hunt Group

Hunt Groups are ideal for delivering calls to a group of phone number either at the same time, or in a specific order.

In an Ordered Hunt Group, a caller is placed on hold with music while the system rings the numbers for phones that are in a list one at a time, in a specified order. The first person to answer a ringing phone is connected with the caller.

A simultaneous Hunt Group places the caller on hold with music and rings all the phones in a specified list of numbers at the same time. The first person to answer any of the phones is connected with the caller.

Note: Hunt group will be considered active as soon as it will be added to an active Menu/Bulletin/another Hunt Group. It can be added as one of the menu options or/and timeout setting for the menu.

Call Queue

Call Queues can be accessed at Hunting/Queuing Tab > Call Queue

A Call Queue has the following parameters that can be edited in the Auto Attendant:

  1. Name
  2. Members (the desk phones that are assigned to a Call Queue).
  3. Hunt Type
    • Simultaneous Ring
    • Ascending
    • Least Recently Used
    • Round Robin
  4. Wrap-Up Time - When hanging up a call, this member will stay unavailable until this timer expires. The minimum is 1, maximum 300, default 30 seconds.
  5. Unanswered Member Idle Time - If a call rings to an available member and is unanswered, that member will be made unavailable until this timer expires. Minimum 0, maximum 600, default is 120 seconds.
  6. Max No-Answer Ring Time - The minimum is 1, maximum 60, default 24 seconds.The length of time that members will ring according to their hunt type, before sending the caller to the queue holding pattern.
  7. Repeating Queue Interval - The minimum is 0, maximum 120, default 60 seconds. The length of time the system waits before playing the Repeating Queue Interval recording again.
  8. Queue Timeout - The minimum is 1, maximum 60, default 5 minutes. The maximum amount of time that a caller may hold in the queue. After the Queue Timeout expires, the caller will hear the Queue Timeout recording, and then will be directed to the queue’s timeout action.
  9. Max Callers - The maximum number of callers that may be holding in the queue at once.
  10. Call Connecting Recordings - All recordings may be set to No Recording, System Recording, or Custom Recording.
  11. Call Queue Keypad Options - Call queues can be programmed with options that the caller may press to perform different actions, essentially allowing them to leave the queue and be routed somewhere else.
  12. Timeout Settings - This determines where a call will be directed if the caller has already held the line for the defined Queue Timeout time.

Note: call queue members must be logged in to the queue in order to receive calls. There are two ways to login or log out:

  1. From Auto Attendant control panel, navigate to Queue Members and select Log In or Log Out for the appropriate agent.

  2. From a desk phone, dial *25 to log in or *26 to log out. Wait for the confirmation message to play.

Dial by Extension

Dial by Extension is ideal for helping callers reach specific people within your company, providing them the Extension of the person they wish to reach.

There is another type of extension that can be created in your Auto Attendant - Virtual Extension.
Virtual Extensions can be utilized in the following ways (all of them are related to Auto Attendant): programming Menu, Bulletin, Hunt Group options, or timeout in the AA to point to a Virtual Extension through the use of the AA's built-in Dial By Extension feature.

Virtual Extensions cannot be utilized any other way, such as dialing a Virtual Extension directly from a desk phone, entering it as a forwarding destination on a desk phone or any other context in which the call is not being processed through the Auto Attendant.

To exit the Dial By Extension directory and go back to the previous menu, press # by itself.

To create new Virtual Extension:

  1. Specify a 3-digit number for the Virtual Extension. Valid options are 100-899, excluding 311, 411, 511, 611, 711, and 811.
  2. Choose the destination: you can send calls for this extension to either a phone number or to the Auto Attendant voicemail.
  3. Provide a first and last name for this extension (these fields are used for Dial By Name).

Dial by Name

Dial by Name is ideal for helping callers reach specific people within your company, providing the caller knows the last name of the person they wish to reach. To exit the Dial By Name directory and go back to the previous menu, press # by itself.

To record a name to be stated once chosen please do the following:

  1. Dial the Auto Attendant number, then put in the PIN code over the first ring. You will hear a menu options.
  2. Choose option 8 for User options. You will be greeted with another menu.
  3. Choose option 2 for Directory names.
  4. Type in the desired extension number to record the name for.
  5. Press 3 to record, press 2 to review the name and press # when finished.

Dial by Name/Extension Selection

Extensions that are available through the Dial by Name or Dial by Extension options can be adjusted by checking or unchecking the box found at the far right of the Extensions page. Unchecking this will prevent callers from being able to dial these specific extensions and names.

Weekly Schedule

The Weekly Schedule allows you to automatically activate specific Menus at predetermined times and days. You may want to present one Menu during business hours, and a different one after hours and on weekends. The Weekly Schedule will automatically activate the Menus you specify at the time and day of the week given for each Menu.

Note: all times in the Weekly Schedule are in your local time zone.

Recording Greetings

Once you have configured your Auto Attendant, you must record greetings for the various Menus and Bulletins you have set up as well as record names for the various extensions (if you intend to use Dial by Name). The following instructions provide you with the steps to record your greetings via the phone and the Web. If you need help with what to say in your greetings, click the Script button associated with each Menu or Bulletin.

You can find the instructions on how to record a greeting at Menu Tab > Menus > Script

The script contains not only the instructions but also the information about the options which your greeting should contain.

Phone Interface
To record a greeting via the phone:

  1. Dial your Auto Attendant phone number
  2. Enter your PIN code over the initial ring or the greeting
  3. Touch 8 for User Options
  4. Touch 1 to record Greetings
  5. Touch 1 to record a Menu Greeting or Touch 2 to record a Bulletin Greeting
  6. Enter the Menu or Bulletin number
  7. Follow the instructions to record the greeting
  8. Repeat these steps for each greeting you wish to record.

Note: If you need PIN code to be reset Read the Knowledge Base article on How do I set up my voicemail PIN for more information.

Web Interface

To upload Menu or Bulletin greetings from your computer:

  1. Record a Menu or Bulletin greeting using the microphone on your computer. The optimal format is:
    • 16-bit sampling
    • Constant bit rate 8 or 11 kHz
    • Mono
  2. Save the file as a .wav or .au file.
    Note: the maximum size of the greeting audio file is 100 MB. The maximum length is 300 secs.
  3. Go to the Menu or Bulletin you wish to upload this greeting for.

Repeat these steps for each Menu or Bulletin.


  • The file name must not contain spaces!
  • For the best results on 8-bit mono, the file must be SAVED with a Hz setting of 22,000
  • For the best results on 16-bit mono, the file must be SAVED with a Hz setting of 11,000 or 8,000

Call Recording

Two types of Call Recording are available:

  • On Demand
  • Automatic Call Recording

In order to enable/disable the Call recording login to HostPilot > Services > SIP-T & PBX 2.0 > Additional Settings.

Once logged in you will be able to :

  • Review and accept legal notices regarding the user of call recording.
  • Enable or disable On-Demand Call Recording globally for all phones.
  • Enable or disable Automatic call recording for all Attendant Hunt Groups and Call Queues.
  • Specify custom announcements for start/stop call recording.
  • Enable or disable Beep Tones for Automatic Call Recording.
  • Enable or disable to download and forward call recording.

Automatic Call Recordings are available under Call Recording tab in your Auto-Attendant. You can search for recordings using several criteria:

  • Number
  • Group Name
  • Time

You can delete, forward, and download the recordings.

Under the Hunting/Queuing Tab in your Auto Attendant you can check whether call recording is enabled for the Hunt Group/Call Queue:

And enable/disable it:

Setting Up Notifications

To save you time and increase your efficiency, your Auto Attendant has the ability to notify you of new voicemail and faxes. Notification is available via pager, email, or digital cell phone.

Once logged into the Auto Attendant, click the Personal Info tab > Notification > Enter the email address you want notifications sent to > Choose the format of the notification > Use the test button to send a test notification.


Your Auto Attendant has a capability of receiving faxes. If you would like to disable this feature please contact Customer Support.

Note: You wll be able to recive faxes only if Receptionist Routing is disabled.

You can also send faxes from the Auto Attendant number using Fax Upload Application.

Receptionist Routing

This service will ring all phones internally or can also be configured in such a way to send inbound calls to an external phone or just a single extension.

To turn on Receptionist Routing navigate to the Menu option under the Auto Attendant service of HostPilot, ensure you are on the current Menu per the Weekly Schedule.