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Systems Integration and Public Participation with FreePBX

Systems Integration and Public Participation with FreePBX

Monday, May 23, 2022

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It’s been an interesting few days in the FreePBX® VoIP community with a thread on the VoIP-Info.org and another on the FreePBX Forum. It’s prompted us to revisit what open source development is all about and what all of this means to those of you that rely upon Asterisk® and FreePBX. After the departure of the Schmooze folks from Sangoma, virtually all development has been moved behind closed doors with the first opportunity for public participation occurring after new features… Read More ›

Deal of the Year: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

Deal of the Year: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

Monday, May 9, 2022

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One year and counting… If you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around or if you’d like to join the party a little late, now is your second chance. Amazon now is selling the OBi2182 phones to U.S. residents with native Google Voice as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, HD Voice, speakerphone, and a power adapter for $59.99. Hold, transfer, and conferencing support are included in the phone. Here’s our Amazon referral link to keep the lights on. We were… Read More ›

Interconnecting Asterisk Servers with PJsip and OpenVPN

Interconnecting Asterisk Servers with PJsip and OpenVPN

Monday, May 2, 2022

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It’s been several years since we discussed interconnecting Asterisk® servers so today we want to do a version refresh using PJsip Trunking. We also want to show you how easy it is to secure the communications path by setting up the trunks using OpenVPN connections. When we’re finished, you’ll have a FREE way to call between sites using FreePBX® Outbound Routes. Because Incredible PBX comes preconfigured with all the components you’ll need, we’ll use that platform to further simplify the… Read More ›

Deploying a Non-Google SMTP RelayHost with Asterisk

Deploying a Non-Google SMTP RelayHost with Asterisk

Thursday, March 17, 2022

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This will not be the sexiest column you read this year, but it may be the most important. You need a reliable way for your VoIP-based PBX to deliver emails to you and your users when incoming voicemails arrive and when your server has problems. At least for Incredible PBX® platforms, we thought we had this solved with our Gmail Smarthost solution. But, alas, Google continues to move the goal posts and has announced that it will discontinue support for… Read More ›

Call By Name for Asterisk with IBM Voice Recognition Returns

Call By Name for Asterisk with IBM Voice Recognition Returns

Monday, November 1, 2021

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It’s been several years since we introduced our Call By Name script for Asterisk® using IBM’s Voice Recognition software. During that time, IBM has shifted gears on their pricing plans and their API methodology several times. So today we want to provide a new soup-to-nuts tutorial for those using Incredible PBX on the Raspberry Pi and Incredible PBX 2021 on both the Debian 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 platforms. If you have previously used IBM voice recognition (STT), be aware that… Read More ›

An Electronics Home Makeover for the 21st Century

An Electronics Home Makeover for the 21st Century

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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It was a sad day when we finally sold our Bozak Concert Grand speakers this year after enjoying them for over half a century. They were a graduation present from "Papa Gene" Newsom of Newsom’s Music Center when I graduated from law school in 1971. The sale got me thinking that I really needed to write about what has changed in home entertainment now that we’ve turned the page to another century. Back then, there was no Internet or Spotify,… Read More ›

Introducing OpenSIPS 3 for Incredible PBX and Debian 10

Introducing OpenSIPS 3 for Incredible PBX and Debian 10

Monday, October 4, 2021

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Today we’re pleased to introduce an updated OpenSIPS installer for Debian 10 featuring the latest release of OpenSIPS. Our previous tutorial with Debian 8 is now obsolete, an all-too-frequent occurrence in the open source world. Today’s open source SIP server lets you connect users to make and receive free as well as commercial calls worldwide. There’s excellent documentation making it easy to integrate into our existing Incredible PBX platform without hiring a consultant. It’s also straight-forward to secure without providing… Read More ›

Some Further Thoughts & Solutions Regarding DDoS Attacks

Some Further Thoughts & Solutions Regarding DDoS Attacks

Monday, September 27, 2021

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This month’s DDoS attacks on SIP infrastructure in the VoIP community should give us all pause to reflect upon what each of us can do to lessen the impact of these attacks in our Internet-centric community. Suffice it to say, DDoS attacks can be directed toward carriers (last week it was Bandwidth.com), VoIP providers (last week it was VoIP.ms), and VoIP servers (that would be your PBX). While they may not like it, carriers and many VoIP providers have the… Read More ›