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A VPN for All Seasons: Introducing NeoRouter v2

A VPN for All Seasons: Introducing NeoRouter v2

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Today, we want to revisit our favorite client-server VPN, NeoRouter. It’s included with all versions of Incredible PBX® and eases the pain of setting up air-tight firewalls as well as High Availability (HA) redundant servers with VoIP. NeoRouter relies upon a central server and uses a star topology to connect remote nodes. The major difference between NeoRouter and PPTP VPNs is that only registered devices participate in the virtual private network so there is no direct access to other machines… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: $1.50 Cloud Bargains for VoIP Deployments

Twofer Tuesday: $1.50 Cloud Bargains for VoIP Deployments

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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We’ve been big fans of $5/month VPS offerings of Digital Ocean and Vultr for many years. When Vultr reduced their lowest tier to $2.50/month, we were ecstatic. These weren’t ideal VoIP platforms because of their 512MB memory constraint, but they were perfectly suitable as a sandbox for experimentation. And then along came OVH with a 2GB VPS that was nearly perfect for VoIP at $3.49/month. As we all know, the Earth does not stand still, and WootHosting now has once… Read More ›

Choosing the Best (free) PBX for SOHO Deployments

Choosing the Best (free) PBX for SOHO Deployments

Monday, May 8, 2017

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When it comes to choices in free PBXs, times have indeed changed. A decade ago your options went something like this. There was Asterisk@Home or Asterisk@Home. Then along came trixbox® and Elastix® and PBX in a Flash™ and AsteriskNOW®. What remained constant throughout this evolution was the underlying Asterisk® platform. With the exception of Digium’s offering, the remaining products all included the FreePBX® GUI. Then came a whole new way of looking at things with FreeSWITCH®. Another morphing occurred when… Read More ›

Keep On Trunkin’: Free International VoIP Calling Returns

Keep On Trunkin’: Free International VoIP Calling Returns

Monday, April 24, 2017

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We’re kicking off a new series on VoIP trunks today. One of the main reasons is that Google has (again) warned that Google Talk (aka GChat), XMPP, and SMS messaging are going away on June 26. If true, that would mean that Google Voice (as we know it today) will no longer function on Asterisk®-based PBXs. If you’re smart and care about uninterrupted telephone and messaging services, you’ve got two months for contingency planning. Today we’ll be taking a fresh… Read More ›

IBM’s Speech Recognition Engine Comes to Asterisk

IBM’s Speech Recognition Engine Comes to Asterisk

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Eight years ago, we introduced transcription for Asterisk® voicemail messages. When the messages were delivered by email, you got both a recording and the transcribed text courtesy of Google. As with most things Google, the licensing terms changed regularly and voicemail transcription became more convoluted until it became next to worthless. Today we begin our new exploration of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud. It offers a rich collection of services at unbelievably low price points. We’re kicking things off by introducing… Read More ›

VoIPtopia 2017: Choosing the Best, Free VoIP Platform

VoIPtopia 2017: Choosing the Best, Free VoIP Platform

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Once a year we like to step back and survey the latest and greatest VoIP developments for the coming year. And 2016 was certainly filled with surprises including the release of free versions of 3CX sporting the PIAF5 and Elastix 5.0 monikers. That, in turn, produced a wave of FUD from our friends at Sangoma® urging users to return to their open source roots. But guess what? Sangoma was pitching their FreePBX Distro®, another closed source product just like 3CX.… Read More ›

Taking a Fresh Look at the Asterisk, FreePBX, and Incredible PBX Security Models

Taking a Fresh Look at the Asterisk, FreePBX, and Incredible PBX Security Models

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Embed from Getty Images About once a year, we try to shine the spotlight on Asterisk® security in hopes of saving lots of organizations and individuals a little bit (or a lot) of money. In light of last week’s major security lapse in the Asterisk® dialplan of those using FreePBX® since the Asterisk@Home days, now seemed like a good time for a review. As we’ve noted before, the problem with open source phone systems is they’re open source phone systems.… Read More ›

Chasing the Asterisk Rainbow: An Incredible PBX for Everyman… and Woman

Chasing the Asterisk Rainbow: An Incredible PBX for Everyman… and Woman

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Embed from Getty Images The one thing we’ve learned over the past decade is that everyone’s telecommunications needs are different. We began the Incredible PBX™ project by offering a script for PBX in a Flash™ that enhanced its functionality by adding three dozen applications for Asterisk® plus a rock-solid, preconfigured firewall. We expanded on that initial design by offering installers to support both Elastix® 4.0 and even the FreePBX® Distro and AsteriskNOW. But many asked for something more. Some wanted… Read More ›