We’ve spent the last two months introducing a half dozen new flavors of Incredible PBX™ featuring the new GPL-compliant Incredible PBX GUI. We hope you’re enjoying the new builds. But it’s Back-to-School Time in the United States so today we’re shifting gears and providing a refresher course on the three dozen or so applications for Asterisk® that accompany every Incredible PBX install.
For those just beginning your Incredible PBX adventure, start here and choose your favorite platform. There are plenty of choices featuring Asterisk 11 or 13, FreePBX® GPL-compatible modules for versions 2.11 and 12, plus your favorite operating system: CentOS 6.7 and 7.0, Ubuntu 14, and Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi 2. There’s even an installer for the AsteriskNOW and FreePBX Distro proprietary platforms.
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for AsteriskNOW and FreePBX Distro
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for Asterisk 13 and CentOS/Scientific Linux
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for Asterisk 13 and the Ubuntu 14 Platform
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for Asterisk 11 and the Raspberry Pi 2
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for Asterisk 11 and the Ubuntu 14 Platform
- Introducing Incredible PBX GUI for Asterisk 11 and CentOS/Scientific Linux
Once your system is up and running, you’ll be ready to kick the tires and discover all of the hidden goodies that await. Today we’ll cover all of the applications for Asterisk® that are included in the new Incredible PBX GUI platforms. After reading this tutorial, if you have specific questions, by all means post them on the PIAF Forum for some quick and friendly help.
Table of Contents to the Incredible PBX Applications
- Checking System Status
- Enabling Speech Recognition
- Wolfram Alpha for Siri-like queries by phone*
- Automatic Update Utility
- Asterisk Upgrade Utility
- Apache Authentication for Apps
- IPtables Firewall WhiteList
- PortKnocker Remote Access
- Travelin’ Man 4 Remote Access by Phone
- Conference Bridge
- CallerID Name (CNAM) Lookups
- Faxing with Incredible PBX
- Voicemail 101 with Incredible PBX
- Email Delivery of MP3 Voicemails
- Reconfiguring SendMail for SmartHosts
- SMS Blasting with Google Voice
- SMS Voice Messaging with Google Voice*
- SMS Messaging with VoIP.ms
- SIP URI Calling with Speed Dials
- IVR Demo of Incredible PBX Applications*
- Backup and Restore Options
- AsteriDex – The Poor Man’s Rolodex®
- Voice Dialing with AsteriDex*
- Speed Dialing with AsteriDex
- Scheduling Reminders by Phone or Web
- DISA Access with Incredible PBX
- Yahoo! News Headlines
- Weather Forecasts with Incredible PBX*
- ODBC Application Support
- Today in History
- Time of Day
- WebMin: The Linux Swiss Army Knife
- phpMyAdmin: The MySQL Swiss Army Knife
- SIP Gateways for Secure (and Free) Google Voice Calling
- User Control Panel for Extension Management
* Requires Voice Recognition implementation. See #2 above.
1. Checking Current Status of Incredible PBX
There are several ways to check the status of your server. First, log into your server as root and type:
The second option is to use a browser to access your server. Choose the Admin menu. Then click Incredible PBX Administration. Log in as admin with the password you set in the Linux CLI:
/root/admin-pw-change. Once you log in with your Incredible GUI admin password, the System Status menu will be displayed.
Once you roam through the GUI options, you can redisplay the System Status screen by clicking Reports -> System Status.
2. Adding Speech Recognition to Incredible PBX
Google changed the licensing of their speech recognition engine last year and now restricts use to “personal and development use.” Assuming you qualify, the very first order of business is to enable speech recognition for your new PBX. Once enabled, the Incredible PBX feature set grows exponentially. You’ll have access to the Voice Dialer for AsteriDex, Worldwide Weather Reports where you can say the name of a city and state or province to get a weather forecast for almost anywhere, Wolfram Alpha for a Siri-like encyclopedia for your PBX, and Lefteris Zafiris’ speech recognition software to build additional Asterisk apps limited only by your imagination.
Here’s how to activate speech recognition on Incredible PBX. Don’t skip any steps!
1. Using an existing Google/Gmail account, you first must join the Chrome-Dev Group.
2. Using the same account, create a new Speech Recognition Project.
3. Click on your newly created project and choose APIs & auth.
4. Turn ON the Speech API by clicking on its Status button in the far right margin. HINT: If you forgot to complete Step #1, the Speech API option will be missing!
5. Click on Credentials in APIs & auth and choose Create New Key -> Server key. Leave the IP address restriction blank!
6. Write down your new API key or copy it to the clipboard.
7. Log into your server as root and issue the following command:
nano -w /var/lib/asterisk/agi-bin/speech-recog.agi
8. When the nano editor opens, go to line 70 or so of speech-recog.agi:
my $key = "". Insert your API key from Step #6 above between the quotation marks and save the file: Ctrl-X, Y, then Enter.
Congratulations! Speech recognition is now available with Incredible PBX applications.
3. Using Wolfram Alpha with Incredible PBX
Ever wished your Asterisk server could harness the power of a 10,000 CPU Supercomputer to answer virtually any question you can dream up about the world we live in? Well, so long as it’s for non-commercial use, today’s your lucky day. Apple demonstrated with Siri™ just how amazing this technology can be by coupling Wolfram Alpha® to a speech-to-text engine on the iPhone. Now you can do much the same thing using voice recognition with Incredible PBX.
Before using Wolfram Alpha from any phone connected to your PBX, you first must configure it by obtaining and adding a Wolfram Alpha application ID to Incredible PBX. Here are the simple steps:
2. Log into your server as root and issue the following command:
nano -w /var/lib/asterisk/agi-bin/4747
3. When the nano editor opens, the top line of the file will look like this:
4. Replace the text between the quotes with your APP_ID key from Step #1 above. Then save the file: Ctrl-X, Y, then Enter.
To use Wolfram Alpha, dial 4747 (that’s S-I-R-I backwards) from any extension.
Here are some sample queries to get you started:
Weather in Charleston South Carolina
Weather forecast for Washington D.C.
Next solar eclipse
Who won the 1969 Superbowl? (Broadway Joe)
What planes are overhead? (flying over your server’s location)
Ham and cheese sandwich (nutritional information)
Holidays 2015 (summary of all holidays for 2015 with dates and DOW)
Medical University of South Carolina (history of MUSC)
Star Trek (show history, air dates, number of episodes, and more)
Apollo 11 (everything you ever wanted to know)
Cheapest Toaster (brand and price)
Battle of Gettysburg (sad day )
Daylight Savings Time 2015 (date ranges and how to set your clocks)
Tablets by Samsung (pricing, models, and specs)
Doughnut (you don’t wanna know)
Snickers bar (ditto)
Weather (local weather at your server’s location)
4. Automatic Update Utility for Incredible PBX
A key security component of Incredible PBX is its Automatic Update Utility. Each time you log into your server as root, the Automatic Update Utility is run. It installs the latest fixes and security patches for your server. Don’t disable it! In fact, don’t delete anything from the /root folder. You’ll need all of it sooner or later.
We recommend you log into your server as root at least once a week to keep your server current. Ditto for the web interface to Incredible PBX. Insofar as security is concerned, we make a best effort to keep the components of Incredible PBX up to date. The Linux operating system was installed by you before the Incredible PBX install began. That’s a nice way of saying Linux security is primarily your responsibility. When an egregious Linux vulnerability comes along that we know about, we will try to notify you of the issue on the PIAF Forum and on the RSS Feed that is part of the Incredible PBX Main Menu shown at the top of this article. Check the RSS Feed with a browser at least once a week. As a condition of use of the free Incredible PBX, you accepted ultimate responsibility for the security and reliability of your server. None of this discussion changes any of that.
5. Asterisk Upgrade Utility for Incredible PBX
We’ve developed a script to upgrade Asterisk to the latest version whenever you feel the urge. This brings you current in your existing release, e.g. Asterisk 11 or 13. It does NOT upgrade Asterisk 11 to 13! Before beginning the upgrade, log into your server as root using SSH and maximize the window. Otherwise, Asterisk may not compile properly. Then execute these commands:
tar zxvf upgrade-asterisk-to-current.tar.gz
rm -f upgrade-asterisk-to-current.tar.gz
6. Implementing Apache Authentication with Incredible PBX
With the exception of the Incredible GUI and WebMin, all web-based applications included in Incredible PBX require successful authentication with the Apache admin password to gain access. When you installed Incredible PBX, you should have created an Apache admin account. If not, issue the following command using a secure password after logging in as root:
htpasswd -b /etc/pbx/wwwpasswd admin newpassword
With the exception of AsteriDex and Reminders, you gain access to other Incredible PBX applications with the Apache admin account. For the remaining apps, you may wish to (but don’t have to) assign different account names and passwords to various departments in your organization. To set up these accounts, use the syntax above substituting the name of the department for “admin” and the department password for “newpassword.”
7. Managing the IPtables Linux Firewall and WhiteList
As installed, Incredible PBX includes a preconfigured, locked-down Linux firewall that restricts incoming IPv6 traffic to localhost and, via a WhiteList, limits incoming IPv4 traffic to your server’s public and private IP addresses, your desktop computer’s IP address (that was used for the install), private LAN and NeoRouter VPN traffic, and a collection of our favorite SIP providers. You can WhiteList additional IP addresses for additional providers or for SIP and IAX phones located outside your firewall. The following firewall management scripts are mostly installed in the /root directory:
- ./add-ip — WhiteList an additional IP address or IP address range (CIDR)
- ./add-fqdn — WhiteList a site using a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN)
- ./del-acct — Remove previously designated entry from the WhiteList
- ./ipchecker — Check whether specified FQDNs have changed & update IPtables
- iptables-restart — Used exclusively to restart IPtables and test for failed FQDNs
- iptables -nL — Check the current status of your IPtables firewall
IPtables can be manually configured (if you know what you’re doing) by editing iptables and ip6tables in /etc/sysconfig (CentOS) or rules.v4 and rules.v6 in /etc/iptables (Ubuntu/Debian/Raspbian). NEVER use traditional iptables commands such as service iptables save to update your IPtables configuration, or you will permanently delete all of your FQDN entries! Instead, edit the files directly and then restart IPtables using iptables-restart. This protects the FQDN entries in your setup while also checking for invalid FQDN entries and removing them temporarily so that IPtables will successfully restart. If you use service iptables restart to restart IPtables and there happens to be an FQDN entry for a host that is either down or has disappeared, IPtables will fail to restart and your server will be left with NO firewall protection! The reason for this is the IPtables design which converts all FQDN entries to fixed IP addresses when it starts up. It’s also the reason we have to periodically check for changed FQDN entries using the ipchecker script with cron. For this to work properly, you will need to manually add your FQDN setups to the top of /root/ipchecker by inserting the filenames of any add-fqdn entries you have created. For additional details, read our Travelin’ Man 3 tutorial.
8. PortKnocker Remote Access to Incredible PBX
IPtables is a powerful firewall that keeps the bad guys out. It also will keep legitimate users (including you) from gaining remote access to your server unless you had the forethought to WhiteList your remote IP address before you left on that family vacation. Unfortunately, you don’t always know your IP address in advance. And dynamic IP addresses assigned with hotel WiFi frequently change. To address this problem, Incredible PBX includes a preconfigured PortKnocker utility. This lets you send three secret “knocks” on random TCP ports to your server to tell it to let you in temporarily (until IPtables is again restarted or the access window time expires).
For PortKnocker to work, you obviously need to know the secret knocks. You’ll find them in /root/knock.FAQ. Record them in your wallet or inside your suitcase for that rainy day! There are PortKnocker apps for almost all smartphones as well as for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Install your favorite AND test access before you leave town.
Finally, be aware that PortKnocker does not need any special access to your server to work; however, if your server is behind a hardware-based firewall, then you must map the three PortKnocker TCP ports to the private IP address of your server, or the knocks obviously will never get delivered to your server.
Review our PortKnocker tutorial for additional configuration tips.
9. Travelin’ Man 4 Remote Access to Incredible PBX (Dial TM4)
In addition to PortKnocker, Incredible PBX also includes a telephone-based solution to temporarily gain remote access to your server. This does require a bit of preplanning since you must create account credentials for the person to whom you wish to give remote access via a phone call. The complete tutorial for Travelin’ Man 4 is available on the PIAF Forum. All of the pieces already are in place on your server so skip down to the Configuration & Operation sections for details on implementation. The tutorial also covers the Administrator Utilities in /root/tm4 which let you set up remote user accounts.
10. Using the Conference Bridge in Incredible PBX (Dial C-O-N-F)
A new turnkey Asterisk Conference Bridge has been added to Incredible PBX. A conference bridge allows a group of people to participate in a joint phone call. Typically, participants dial into a virtual meeting room from their own phone. This virtual meeting room supports dozens or even hundreds of participants depending upon server capacity.
You do not need a timing source for conferencing with Incredible PBX! Old-style Asterisk MeetMe Conference Rooms which required a timing source are disabled.
To access the Conference Bridge, dial C-O-N-F (2663) from any phone connected to your server. Remote users can be added to a conference by providing a DID that points to an IVR which includes Conference Bridge access. Once connected to the conference bridge, a caller is prompted for the Conference Bridge PIN and his or her name.
To display Conference Bridge PINs, open Incredible GUI with a browser. Choose Applications -> Conferences -> 2663 and your Conference Bridge PINs will be shown. Reset them as desired.
11. CallerID Name (CNAM) Lookups with Incredible PBX
By default, Incredible PBX is configured to automatically provide CallerID Name lookups using CallerID Superfecta, an application initially developed on Nerd Vittles almost a decade ago. You also have the option of using free OpenCNAM CallerID name lookups for the first ten calls received each hour. These lookups are only from cached entries in the OpenCNAM database; however, you can enable the commercial lookup service if desired. The cost is four tenths of a cent per successful query.
12. Free Faxing with Incredible PBX
If you added Incredible Fax to your server by running incrediblefax script in the /root folder, then you’re in for a treat. As part of the install, you provided an email address for delivery of incoming faxes. That’s all the setup that is required to have incoming faxes delivered via email in PDF format. The best way to figure out whether a particular provider supports fax technology on their DIDs is to send a test fax to yourself. FaxZERO lets you send 5 free faxes of up to 3 pages every day. Give it a whirl.
You also can send faxes using standard document types with the AvantFax web application. Log into AvantFax from the main Incredible PBX page by clicking on the AvantFax icon. Choose the Send a Fax option from the main menu, fill in the blanks, and attach your document. AvantFax uses the default dialplan so use the prefix desired to send the fax using your preferred provider. HINT: Google Voice does an excellent job with both incoming and outgoing faxes, and the calls are free in the U.S. and Canada.
Copies of all incoming faxes also are available for retrieval within AvantFax.
13. Voicemail 101 for Incredible PBX
Voicemail functionality is enabled on an extension-by-extension basis as part of the Extension setup under the Applications tab in the GUI. Once enabled, you can set up your mailbox and retrieve your messages by dialing *98. You can leave a message for any extension without actually calling the extension. Just prepend * to any extension number before dialing, e.g. *701. A number of the system settings for voicemail can be tweaked under the Voicemail Admin option under the Settings tab.
14. Email Delivery of MP3 Voicemails with Incredible PBX
Speaking of email delivery, your voicemails also can be delivered to any email address of your choosing. For every Extension, simply add an Email Address in the Voicemail section of the form. With Incredible PBX, the voicemail message will be attached to the email in MP3 format so it’s suitable for playback with most email clients on desktop PCs, Macs, and smartphones. Be advised that some Internet service providers (such as Comcast) block downstream SMTP servers. You can check whether your outbound email is flowing by accessing WebMin (below) and choosing Servers -> SendMail Mail Server -> Mail Queue. If you find outbound mail is accumulating, then you’ll need to add your ISP’s SMTP server address as a SmartHost for SendMail as documented in the next section.
15. Reconfiguring SendMail for SmartHost SMTP Delivery Of Outgoing Emails
Many residential Internet service providers block downstream SMTP servers such as the SendMail server running with Incredible PBX. If you’re sending emails but they never arrive and you’ve checked your SPAM folder, then chances are your ISP is the culprit. The simple solution is to add your ISP’s SMTP server as a SmartHost for SendMail. This means outbound emails will be forwarded to your ISP for actual email transmission over the Internet. Here’s how. Edit /etc/mail/sendmail.cf and search for DS. Immediately after DS, add the FQDN of your ISP’s SMTP server, e.g. DSsmtp.comcrap.net (no spaces!). Save the file and then restart SendMail: service sendmail restart. Your email and voicemail messages with attachments should begin flowing without further delay.
Email from: Asterisk PBX firstname.lastname@example.org... "Nerd Vittles" at 8001234567 left a new voicemail message 1 for extension 6002 on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 01:42:33 PM.
You can test email delivery by sending yourself a message from the Linux CLI:
echo "test" | mail -s testmessage email@example.com
16. SMS Blasting with Google Voice and Incredible PBX
Out of the box, Incredible PBX supports SMS Message Blasting if you have a functioning Google Voice account set up. Before first use, you must add your credentials, address list, and text message to the SMS Blaster scripts in the /root folder.
In smsblast, insert your credentials:
GVACCT="firstname.lastname@example.org" GVPASS="yourpassword" MSGSUBJECT="Little League Alert"
In smslist.txt, insert one or more recipients for your message. These can be a combination of SMS addresses and email addresses and will be delivered accordingly.
NOTE: For most cellphone providers, you also can send an email message for SMS delivery by the provider. The complete list of providers is available here. Email messaging for SMS requires that you know the cellphone provider for your recipient while standard SMS messaging does not.
# In lieu of SMS number, email is also OK 8431234567 Doe John email@example.com Doe Mary firstname.lastname@example.org Mr T
In smsmsg.txt, enter the text message to be sent.
Once you have all three files configured, run the script: /root/smsblast.
17. Voice-Activated SMS Messaging with Incredible PBX (Dial S-M-S)
In addition to message blasting, you also can dial 767 from any extension and dictate an SMS message to send through your Google Voice account. When prompted for the destination, simply enter the 10-digit SMS number of the recipient.
18. SMS Messaging with VoIP.ms and Incredible PBX
Incredible PBX also supports SMS messaging through VoIP.ms if you have an account and an SMS-enabled DID. See the VoIP.ms wiki for setup info on the VoIP.ms side.
To install the VoIP.ms SMS scripts, follow these steps:
cd /root mkdir sms-voip.ms cd sms-voip.ms wget http://incrediblepbx.com/voipms-SMS.tar.gz tar zxvf voipms-SMS.tar.gz
Edit voipms-sms.php and insert your VoIP.ms number that supports SMS messaging (no spoofing allowed!):
Edit class.voipms.php and insert your VoIP.ms API credentials:
/******************************************* * VoIPms - API Credentials *******************************************/ var $api_username = 'email@example.com'; var $api_password = 'yourpassword';
Send an SMS message through VoIP.ms with the following command where smsnumber is the 10-digit number of the SMS recipient and “sms message” is the text message surrounded by quotes:
/root/sms-voip.ms/voipms-sms.php smsnumber "sms message"
NOTE: VoIP.ms has indicated that sooner or later there will be a penny per message charge for SMS messages; however, they’re still free as of now.
19. SIP URI Calling with Incredible PBX (Demo: Dial L-E-N-N-Y)
With one line of dialplan code, you can add Speed Dials for free SIP URI calling worldwide. Just create an Other (Custom) Device Extension. Provide an extension number for the SIP URI and enter the SIP URI in the following format in the dial field:
20. IVR Demo of Incredible PBX Applications (Dial 7001)
The easiest way to try out a number of the Incredible PBX applications is to take the IVR Demo for a spin. Just pick up any phone and dial D-E-M-O (3366). The sample code for the IVR is available for review and modification in extensions_custom.conf. Just search for 3366. You can create your own IVRs and AutoAttendants using the IVR option under the Applications tab in the GUI.
21. Incredible Backup & Restore with Incredible PBX
Incredible Backup and Restore scripts are included in the /root folder. These scripts make and restore snapshots of the settings on your server and should be used in conjunction with a full system backup solution. The GUI includes its own backup snapshots by choosing Backup & Restore under the Admin tab.
22. AsteriDex – The Poor Man’s Rolodex
23. Voice Dialing with AsteriDex (Dial 411)
If you have voice recognition enabled on your server, you can call anyone in your AsteriDex database by dialing 411.
24. Speed Dialing with AsteriDex (Dial 412 or 000+)
For those without voice recognition, Incredible PBX includes two speed dialing utilities. The first is accessed by dialing 412. Then enter any 3-digit dialcode from your AsteriDex database to complete the call.
For a complete listing of your AsteriDex dial codes, execute this query:
mysql -u root -ppassw0rd asteridex -e "select name,dialcode from user1 order by name"
25. Telephone Reminders (Dial 123)
Incredible PBX includes a sophisticated reminders system that lets you schedule individual or recurring reminders using your phone by dialing 123 or a web browser. A complete tutorial is available here. For phone reminders, a password is required to access the reminder system. You’ll find or can set your Reminders password by searching for 123 in extensions_custom.conf. Typically, these reminders set up a return call at a scheduled time that then plays back either a recorded message or a TTS message generated from the text you entered in the browser application. Incredible PBX also includes a new addition that lets you schedule web reminders that are delivered by email or SMS message. Links to the web-based reminders applications are in the main Incredible PBX web menu.
26. DISA Access with Incredible PBX
Direct Inward System Access (aka DISA) is one of the great PBX inventions of the last 50 years. It’s also one of the most dangerous. It lets someone connect to your PBX and obtain dial tone to place an outbound call using your trunks… on your nickel. Typically, it is offered as an option with an IVR or AutoAttendant. DISA extensions can be added using the DISA option under the Applications tab. Make sure you assign a very secure password. It’s your phone bill.
27. Yahoo! News (Dial 951)
Yahoo! news headlines are available by dialing 951. The news option also is included in the sample IVR application.
28. Weather Forecasts by Phone (Dial 949 or Z-I-P)
If you have voice recognition enabled on your server, you can retrieve a weather report for most cities in the world by dialing 949 and saying the name of the city plus the state, province, or country. For PBXs without voice recognition, you can obtain a weather forecast for most zip codes by dialing 947 (Z-I-P) and entering the 5-digit zip code.
29. ODBC Application Support for Asterisk
ODBC/MySQL application support for Asterisk is included in Incredible PBX. You can try out a few sample applications that are included to get you started. Dial 222 and enter 12345 for the employee number. This retrieves an employee name from the MySQL timeclock database using Asterisk. Dial 223 to retrieve an AsteriDex name and phone number by entering the 3-character dialcode. You then have the option of placing the call by pressing 1. Once you have created accounts for Travelin’ Man 4, you can dial 864 (T-M-4) to WhiteList an IP address for that account after entering the account number and matching PIN. Use the * key for periods in the IP address. The code for all of the samples is in the following files in /etc/asterisk: odbc.conf and func_odbc.conf. If you create new MySQL databases, remember to add corresponding entries in res_odbc.conf and /etc/odbc.ini. Then restart Asterisk: amportal restart.
30. Today in History (Dial T-O-D-A-Y)
It’s always interesting to find out what happened Today in History. And Incredible PBX now delivers it by phone. Just dial 86329 (T-O-D-A-Y) for a walk down memory lane.
31. Time of Day
Speaking of yesteryear, if you grew up dialing TI-4-1212 for the time of day, Ma Bell may have discontinued the service, but we haven’t. Now you can do it on your very own PBX. Just dial into the DEMO IVR and choose option 4.
But suppose you want your users to be able to dial in for the time. Just dial *61 for a time update.
32. WebMin: The Linux Swiss Army Knife
There is no finer Linux application than WebMin. There is no more dangerous Linux application than WebMin. You’ve been warned. We heartily recommend WebMin as a tool to LOOK at your server’s settings. We strongly discourage changing anything in WebMin unless you totally know what you are doing. This is especially true with management of Linux applications that make up the core of Incredible PBX: the Linux kernel, SendMail, IPtables, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and…
To access WebMin, click on the WebMin link in the main Incredible PBX web menu. The username is root. The password is your root password. WebMin has root privileges to your server. Reread paragraph 1 and act accordingly.
For an exhaustive tutorial on WebMin, download The Book of WebMin by Joe Cooper. For a more recent commercial offering, take a look at Michal Karzyński’s WebMin Administrator’s Cookbook.
33. phpMyAdmin: The MySQL Swiss Army Knife
The same caveats we expressed regarding WebMin apply to phpMyAdmin. It is a powerful tool for managing MySQL databases in the right hands. It is a dangerous tool in the wrong hands. There should be little need to use phpMyAdmin unless you are developing a customized database solution for your business. We’ve included phpMyAdmin just in case.
To access phpMyAdmin, click on the phpMyAdmin link in the main Incredible PBX web menu. For tutorials on phpMyAdmin, see the phpMyAdmin wiki. For an excellent commercial offering focused on the version of phpMyAdmin installed on your server, consider Mastering phpMyAdmin 3.4 for Effective MySQL Management by Marc Delisle.
34. SIP Gateways for Secure (and Free) Google Voice Calling
If you have difficulty finding the Google Chat option after setting up a new Google Voice account, follow this tutorial. If you’d prefer a secure, pain-free method of accessing Google Voice via SIP for a modest one-time fee, there are some other options:
35. User Control Panel for Extension Management
For those that have clamored for a safe way to permit end-users to manage their extensions and voicemails, your ship has arrived. Meet the User Control Panel (UCP) which now is part of the Incredible PBX GUI. First, set up accounts for your users with the User Management option under the Admin tab. Specify account names, passwords, and extensions to be managed. Other entries for email addresses are optional. Then choose the UCP option in the GUI, login with one of the accounts you’ve created, and follow your nose.
Originally published: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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