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Coping with Coronavirus: Working from Home with Asterisk

Coping with Coronavirus: Working from Home with Asterisk

Monday, March 16, 2020

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If one can only claim to be an expert in one subject matter, ours would be working from home building and deploying Asterisk®-based VoIP servers. We’ve been doing it for more than a decade. And, as the need for social distancing becomes imperative with the spread of COVID-19, working from home is by far the best antidote. For those with jobs in an actual office, you still need your computer and you still need transparent office phone call access. With… Read More ›

Travelin’ Man 3: A Plug-and-Play Firewall for Incredible PBX

Travelin’ Man 3: A Plug-and-Play Firewall for Incredible PBX

Monday, March 9, 2020

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Seven years ago we introduced Travelin’ Man 3 to simplify the task of securing the Incredible PBX® VoIP platforms. Today we want to reexamine the Travelin’ Man 3 firewall design for the benefit of those that are new to Asterisk® and FreePBX®. In the old days, FreePBX-based VoIP servers were notoriously vulnerable because of numerous bugs in the original FreePBX code which was developed by dozens of developers around the world with very different skill sets. Not only did you… Read More ›

The Very Best Cellphone Plans and Smartphones for 2019

The Very Best Cellphone Plans and Smartphones for 2019

Monday, May 6, 2019

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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 ›

Interconnecting a Mobile PBX to the Asterisk Mothership

Interconnecting a Mobile PBX to the Asterisk Mothership

Monday, April 22, 2019

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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 ›

A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk

A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk

Monday, April 15, 2019

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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 ›

VitalPBX in the Cloud: Providers, Backups, & Airtight Security

VitalPBX in the Cloud: Providers, Backups, & Airtight Security

Monday, April 2, 2018

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Last month we introduced VitalPBX, a terrific new (free) VoIP platform that’s about as intuitive as software can get. We followed up with a dozen Incredible PBX applications that really showed off the flexibility of this new Asterisk® platform. And today we’re pleased to introduce two new cloud solutions that offer our whitelist firewall design for security plus automatic backups. Both Digital Ocean and Vultr offer terrific performance coupled with a $5/month price point that is easy on your wallet.… Read More ›

Game Changer: Hooking Up Facebook with Incredible PBX

Game Changer: Hooking Up Facebook with Incredible PBX

Monday, October 2, 2017

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There aren’t many VoIP discoveries that get us this excited about the future of telecom. But merging with 1.5 billion users plus Facebook’s enormous talent pool and technology resources is definitely something worthy of your attention. What a Facebook marriage with the VoIP platform could mean for the future of telecommunications is nothing short of earth-shattering. Few people still have home phones. Almost everyone has a Facebook account and a cellphone. If VoIP solutions for businesses fail to take those… Read More ›

VoIP Security: Installing SSL Certificates with Incredible PBX

VoIP Security: Installing SSL Certificates with Incredible PBX

Monday, September 25, 2017

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We’ve got some revolutionary VoIP projects coming your way over the next several weeks, but I’m sorry to say the hardest part of them is getting your server configured to use secure and encrypted web communications via HTTPS. This is quickly becoming a universal requirement of most of the major technology players. So what might not be the most glamorous VoIP topic for a Monday morning is not only necessary but long overdue. The good news is that obtaining, installing,… Read More ›