Whether it’s a satellite medical office, or a remote construction site, or a regional branch of your favorite bank, or a temporary broadcast studio in Beijing, or a home office or hotel room of an architect, lawyer, or candlestick maker, the little black box on the left is poised to revolutionize the way we all do business… securely. All you need is an Internet connection. Plug it in, turn it on, wait for the LCD to display the machine’s IP address, make a quick change of the IP address on your cordless or desktop phones to match the display, and presto. Instant telephony… to anywhere, from anywhere in the world! Total setup time until you make your first call: about a minute. And the system supports 25 extensions and 10 simultaneous IP calls assuming you have available bandwidth.
When the LCD illuminates and the little heart (lower left) starts blinking, you’ve also got a secure and free communications system back to the mothership through an encrypted VPN tunnel for all your calls. Your existing commercial phone numbers and extensions still work just as they always have except now they also ring in your hotel room. And when you move to a different town tomorrow night, nothing changes except your IP address. Your phones continue to ring just as if you were sitting in your home office. There’s one major difference with VPN in a Flash. You won’t be getting a phone bill or an astronomical installation charge from Ma Bell or Comcast. It really is plug-and-play.
So where can you get one? Well, at the moment, it’s in our breakfast room. And tomorrow it will be taking a last trip to the beach house. And next week, it’ll be at a show in Atlanta. But soon… you can order one from your friends at PBX in a Flash. We’re working very hard to keep the price under $500. And when you consider the cost of a night on the town, that’s pretty sweet. The current IP-only version of this super-quiet machine includes a travel-friendly, solid state drive instead of a hard disk, an Intel Atom motherboard with a gig of RAM, and a power brick. And on the software side, you get the full-blown CentOS 5.2 Linux operating system with the latest and greatest version of PBX in a Flash including Asterisk® and FreePBX. The system also includes a preconfigured firewall and VPN server. Customizations can be made using any web browser on the LAN… once you know your IP address. And, of course, you’ll get the entire suite of PBX in a Flash utilities: telephone reminders and wakeup calls, weather, news, and tide reports by phone, your complete Rolodex-like talking directory to make calls, and the rest of the Nerd Vittles goodie bag. In addition, this unit is an all-purpose fax machine. Inbound faxes are delivered to your email address or iPhone, and outbound faxes can be generated and sent using almost any PDF document. Simply stated, this hardware device is the PBX in a Flash interpretation of what an Office in a Box really should be!
If you’d like to get in the queue and place a reservation for a system, now’s the time. While it’s not likely to match the iPhone stampede, there undoubtedly will be delivery delays based upon our market surveys. Just send us a note, and we’ll keep you posted as the release date approaches. It’ll hold your place in line with absolutely no obligation to purchase. Stay tuned!
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