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Icing on the Cake for Incredible PBX 16-15 and Raspberry Pi
In our last article, we introduced Incredible PBX® 16-15 featuring Asterisk® 16 and FreePBX® 15 on the new Raspberry Pi 4 with Raspbian 10. But we’re just getting started. Today we want to show off the real power of this $35 on-premise platform with the addition of IBM’s voice recognition software. Your first 500 minutes a month are free. In conjunction with Incredible PBX, you’ll get flawless transcription and email delivery of your voicemail messages plus a voice dialer that… Read More ›
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 07:00:42 +0000
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Back to School: Itís Incredible PBX 16-15 for the Raspberry Pi
It’s Back to School Time in the U.S.A., and we have a terrific new August project for you and your shiny new Raspberry Pi 4. It features Asterisk® 16 with all the latest FreePBX® 15 GPL modules plus the feature sets of Incredible PBX® and RasPBX and RonR’s latest build. And it’s all rolled into one terrific (free) bundle. It’s literally the best of all worlds. Finally, a word of caution. This is a work in progress. If you’re looking… Read More ›
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:00:44 +0000
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Migrating Painlessly from Incredible PBX 13-13 to 16-15
Asterisk® 13 will be 6 years old this October. That’s like three lifetimes in VoIP years. So let’s face it. It’s time to start making plans to move on up. The latest LTS version is Asterisk 16 which gets you another 4+ years with security fixes. We won’t dwell on the shortcomings of PJsip in Asterisk 13 and the fact that chanSIP is getting long in the tooth. So the sooner you migrate the better off you will be. Thanks… Read More ›
Mon, 29 Jul 2019 21:00:25 +0000
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Deploying an Incredible PBX 16-15 Public Server with Skyetel
Safely deploying a public-facing Asterisk® server with full FreePBX® functionality has become the Holy Grail for Nerd Vittles in 2019. Today we tackle it on our new Incredible PBX® 16-15 platform featuring the latest releases of Asterisk 16 and FreePBX 15. The icing on today’s cake is a terrific new offer from Skyetel that supplements the current Nerd Vittles BOGO offer of up to $500 in half-priced VoIP services. Beginning today, Skyetel also will start you off with a $10… Read More ›
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:00:05 +0000
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Enchilada Amore: Itís Incredible PBX 16-15 for CentOS 7
Just when you thought the VoIP community was running out of open source offerings, along comes last week’s Incredible PBX 16® LITE and today’s Incredible PBX 16-15 for CentOS® 7 featuring the same great feature set as the LITE version including Asterisk 16®. And now you also get the entire FreePBX® 15 GPL module collection including their new User Control Panel (UCP) and a much enhanced web GUI plus the entire Incredible PBX feature set. As with Incredible PBX LITE,… Read More ›
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:00:14 +0000
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Introducing Incredible PBX 16 LITE for CentOS 7
We had a banner week with the introduction of Incredible PBX® LITE for Raspbian 10. What we heard privately from many users was that they’d always wanted a turnkey PBX that was preconfigured to make and receive calls. The irony of offering this platform without the FreePBX® GUI to celebrate Independence Day was not lost on many of our savvy supporters. And, while the bells and whistles were icing on the cake, many simply wanted a flexible VoIP platform that… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 07:00:07 +0000
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Introducing Incredible PBX LITE featuring Raspbian 10
As you may know, the Raspberry Pi Foundation introduced the $35 Raspberry Pi 4 last week. In addition to jaw-dropping hardware enhancements, the introduction also included the new Raspbian 10 (Buster) platform which was surprising since Debian 10 isn’t scheduled for official release until the end of this week. As with prior releases, Raspbian 10 brought with it some major headaches for the VoIP community not the least of which is FreePBX® cannot (yet) be installed. But sometimes there’s a… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:00:32 +0000
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Lessons Learned: Circling Back for a Second Look at OpenSIPS
Whenever we tackle a new VoIP platform especially for deployment on the open Internet, we think it’s prudent to circle back after a few weeks to review lessons learned and tie up all the loose ends. Today we’ll introduce a number of new KVM cloud providers around the globe at rock-bottom prices plus some new additions to enhance our OpenSIPS firewall design. If you’re just getting started with OpenSIPS, check out the new KVM offerings below and then hop over… Read More ›
Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:00:02 +0000
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Virtual Paradise: Itís Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for VMware
Let’s face it. Virtual Machines are the future of server administration. Whether you prefer your own dedicated hardware or cloud-based resources managed by you or someone else, virtual platforms are the way to go. You get more bang for the buck out of your hardware by pooling resources for multiple tasks. VMware® and VirtualBox® make it easy. Today we’re pleased to introduce our latest build for VMware. It provides the latest Asterisk® 13 and FreePBX® 13 GPL components from source… Read More ›
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:00:56 +0000
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The One-Minute Installer: Deploying Asterisk on the Internet
Last week we introduced a new methodology for deploying Incredible PBX® and Asterisk® on the wide open Internet. And this week we’ve put all the pieces together in a One-Minute Installer that will transform any Incredible PBX 13-13.10 server into a public-facing server platform in under a minute. Today you not only get the cupcake, but also some of the sprinkles in the form of tips or scripts to whitelist providers and users, to adjust countries on the blacklists, to… Read More ›
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 07:00:40 +0000
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Safely Deploying Incredible PBX on the Wide Open Internet
We’ve previously documented the benefits of SIP URI calling. Because the calls are free from and to anywhere in the world, the use case is compelling. The drawbacks, particularly with Asterisk® servers, have primarily centered around the security implications of exposing SIP on a publicly-accessible server. Today we want to take another look at an open Internet SIP implementation for Asterisk based upon the pioneering work of Dr. Lin Song back in the PBX in a Flash heyday. We’ve embellished… Read More ›
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 07:00:59 +0000
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Skyetel Introduces a Spring Boatload of New VoIP Features
Spring is sprung and what better time for our Platinum Sponsor, Skyetel, to introduce a boatload of new features for their already outstanding, triple-redundant VoIP platform. Better yet, you still can take advantage of their half-price VoIP offer on up to $500 of communications services. Whether your wish list included SMS and MMS messaging , or faxing, or SPAM call filtering, or endpoint monitoring, or call recording and transcription, today’s your lucky day. You get all of them in the… Read More ›
Tue, 28 May 2019 07:00:54 +0000
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Best of Both Worlds: Safely Marrying Asterisk to OpenSIPS
Last week we introduced OpenSIPS, the multi-functional, multi-purpose signaling SIP server which can fulfill almost any communications function one can dream up except the unified communications tasks typically performed with a PBX such as Asterisk®. Today we want to marry the two platforms to give you the best of both worlds. For Incredible PBX® users, the primary advantage of adding an OpenSIPS front end is the elimination of the complexities associated with interacting with your PBX from remote sites with… Read More ›
Mon, 20 May 2019 07:00:42 +0000
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The 5-Minute Wonder: OpenSIPS Server Takes the Cake
We covered Kamailio in our Part I article. And we’ve skipped writing about SIP server contestants two, three, and four because they each had a healthy dose of insurmountable problems… at least for us. So today we’re pleased to present Part V in our SIP server series. And, as the headline exclaims, with OpenSIPS we’ve found a platform that finally is worthy of your attention. Our requirements were fairly straightforward. We wanted an open source SIP server to which we… Read More ›
Mon, 13 May 2019 13:00:35 +0000
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The Very Best Cellphone Plans and Smartphones for 2019
You can read reviews of the best cellphone plans and smartphones until your eyes glaze over and still end up scratching your head when it comes to making a decision. Our approach is a little different. It’s about making smart choices based upon the specific requirements for you and your family. Let’s get the obvious criteria out of the way first. The cellphone provider that you choose has to work in your home, on your way to work, at your… Read More ›
Mon, 06 May 2019 07:00:13 +0000
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Meet Linphone: Free Worldwide Calling to Anybody with SIP
Earlier this year we demonstrated how to set up a publicly-accessible Asterisk® server to enable free worldwide calling using SIP URIs which are email-like addresses for VoIP and video calls. But not everyone has an Asterisk server so today’s tutorial extends free calling to everyone with a Windows or Linux PC, a Mac, or any smartphone or tablet. All you need is a desktop computer with wired or wireless Internet access or, on a smartphone or tablet, a cell data… Read More ›
Mon, 29 Apr 2019 07:00:26 +0000
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F-O-R-K? A Few Thoughts on the Sangoma Employee Exodus
Full Disclosure: We’re not exactly big fans of Sangoma® and their stewardship of the Asterisk® and FreePBX® projects. So read our commentary with a grain of salt or two. As we predicted when Sangoma purchased Digium®, the employee exodus has begun. The biggest surprise is that a disturbing number of the departures are from the FreePBX SchmoozeCom operation including two of its founding partners: Tony Lewis, the soon-to-be former Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sangoma, and Brian Walters who has… Read More ›
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:00:06 +0000
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Interconnecting a Mobile PBX to the Asterisk Mothership
The Holy Grail for a mobile VoIP solution is a simple way to connect back to your primary Asterisk® PBX via Wi-Fi from anywhere in the world to make and receive calls as if you never left. Let’s tick off the potential problems. First, many home-based PBXs are sitting behind NAT-based routers. Second, almost all remote Wi-Fi connections are made through a NAT-based router. Third, chances are the remote hosting platform blocks outgoing email from downstream servers such as a… Read More ›
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:00:35 +0000
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A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk
This month marks our twentieth anniversary wrestling with virtual private networks. Here’s a quick walk down memory lane. Our adventure began with the Altiga 3000 series VPN concentrators which we introduced in the federal courts in 1999. It was a near perfect plug-and-play hardware solution for secure communications between remote sites using less than secure Windows PCs. Cisco quickly saw the potential, gobbled up the company, and promptly doubled the price of the rebranded concentrators. About 10 years ago, we… Read More ›
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:00:09 +0000
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Finding Utopia: In Search of the Perfect VoIP Server Platform
Over the past decade, there is no subject that we have devoted more resources to than searching for the best platform on which to run a VoIP server. While our experience primarily has focused on finding the perfect fit for Incredible PBX®, much of what follows applies equally to any other Linux-based VoIP server including Wazo, Issabel, VitalPBX, and 3CX. Today we’d like to share what we’ve learned. Incredible PBX is a complex application. With close to a thousand moving… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 07:00:57 +0000
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A Better Way to Deploy Incredible PBX in the Google Cloud
Last week we introduced you to Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for the Google Cloud. This week we’ll take off the training wheels and show you how to deploy Incredible PBX in the Google Cloud in exactly 3 minutes using Google Cloud’s Image repository. And you can repeat the drill to deploy as many PBXs as you like at 3 minutes a pop. If you’re still cruising along on your $300 credit from Google, then your PBX should be cost-free for the… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:59 +0000
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Spring Is Sprung: Taking Incredible PBX to the Google Cloud
Let’s chat about Google. We’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google for the past decade. For every good deed they do, they always manage to follow it up with a swift kick in the teeth… or lower. Business Insider recently catalogued all of the Google carnage over the years. And that ignores the train wreck that many VoIP users experienced with Google Voice. So we have mixed emotions about writing this column at all. But, suffice it to say, you… Read More ›
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:00:21 +0000
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Cell Phone Tips for Spring Break and International Travel
With Spring Break upon us and Summer Vacations just around the corner, we wanted to briefly review some of your cellphone and data options for those that might be planning a trip outside the United States. If you’re only going as far as Mexico, Canada, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, then your existing cellular provider in the U.S. may have you covered at no additional cost. If your provider is not AT&T, then check with your carrier. And speaking of… Read More ›
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:33 +0000
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A Golden Newbie: Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for Ubuntu 18.04.2
If you’re as big a fan of Ubuntu as we are, then you’ll be pleased to know that the month-old update to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is rock-solid. It takes a brave soul to name anything Bionic Beaver, but Ubuntu pulls it off and makes you want to meet one face-to-face, just not in a bar after midnight. Well, St. Paddy would be proud. Today’s new Incredible PBX® 13-13.10 release brings you everything you could want in a PBX, and the… Read More ›
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:10:58 +0000
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