Raspberry Pi

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Since last Thursday when VoIP.ms suffered (and continues to suffer) one of the worst Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks in the VoIP era, we’ve been asked a thousand times whether any SIP trunking provider can provide a safe and reliable platform under circumstances similar to the VoIP.ms outage. We obviously cannot vouch for every trunking provider but, based upon our discussions with two of the major carriers that support Incredible PBX, we are confident that either of them could… Read More ›

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $49.99

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $49.99

Saturday, September 4, 2021

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These won’t last long but, if you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around unused and you live in the United States, you’d better jump on this one. Amazon is selling the OBi2182 phones with Google Voice, WiFi and power adapter for $49.99. Here’s the link. We were big fans of OBiHai once upon a time. But then they sold out to Polycom. And they subsequently sold out to Plantronics. And support has gone from bad to worse along… Read More ›

Unified Communications: Adding SMS to the Asterisk Toolkit

Unified Communications: Adding SMS to the Asterisk Toolkit

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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As we roll into September, the VoIP landscape continues to evolve. For various reasons, SMS functionality has become a must-have with many VoIP deployments. What we’ve observed lately is that many businesses and professional offices now assume that all phone numbers are SMS-enabled which means, if your primary phone numbers don’t support SMS, you may miss important notices and reminders. Particularly in this COVID era, physicians have incredibly high rates of no-shows for appointments so you’ll typically get multiple SMS… Read More ›

Morphing Incredible PBX into a PUBLIC-Facing Cloud PBX

Morphing Incredible PBX into a PUBLIC-Facing Cloud PBX

Monday, August 16, 2021

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We’ve previously documented how to change Incredible PBX 2021 and Incredible PBX 2020 into PUBLIC-facing PBXs. What that means is that authorized users could still connect to your PBX regardless of where they may be located without having to worry about whitelisting IP addresses. To suggest that the procedure was convoluted is a bit of an understatement. So today we offer a simplified solution that you can deploy in a couple of minutes. It lacks some of the safeguards of… Read More ›

Amazon’s Alexa Now Available for Incredible PBX

Amazon’s Alexa Now Available for Incredible PBX

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Loyal readers already know that voice recognition applications occupy a special place in the Incredible PBX® toolchest. Over 8 years ago, we introduced Wolfram Alpha integrating the world’s largest almanac into Asterisk®. And today we’re pleased to add Amazon’s Alexa to the Incredible PBX fold for our latest Incredible PBX 2021 for Debian, Raspberry Pi and CentOS 7 builds. Just dial 5555 and tell Alexa what you’d like to know or do. If you’ve been sleeping under a rock these… Read More ›

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 to 2021 on the Raspberry Pi

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 to 2021 on the Raspberry Pi

Friday, June 18, 2021

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Many have clamored for an upgrade path from Incredible PBX 2020 on the Raspberry Pi to take advantage of the stability that Asterisk® 18 offers. Today we’re pleased to introduce a quick-and-easy upgrade script that moves your platform to Incredible PBX 2021 and handles everything for you. After running the script, you’ll have the latest release of Asterisk 18 and the latest modules for FreePBX® 15 plus all of the other goodies that make Incredible PBX 2021 the VoIP community’s… Read More ›

Housekeeping 101: Managing Your Asterisk Backups and Logs

Housekeeping 101: Managing Your Asterisk Backups and Logs

Monday, April 26, 2021

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If you’re one of those that likes planting shrubbery but ignores maintenance thereafter, then today’s column is for you. Linux servers and Asterisk® PBXs need some regular attention. If you don’t invest a little time in the backup and log purging tasks, sooner or later you’ll regret it when disaster strikes. With Incredible PBX® 2020 and 2021 servers, you only have yourself to blame if you don’t make regular backups and move them off site. Simply run /root/incrediblebackup2020 and move… Read More ›

Taming the Condo Call Box with a Raspberry Pi & Asterisk

Taming the Condo Call Box with a Raspberry Pi & Asterisk

Monday, April 5, 2021

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If you live in an apartment complex or condominium with a call box to let visitors gain door access by calling your apartment, then today’s column is for you. The way almost all of these call boxes work is the management company programs your name, phone number, and apartment number into the call box after which a visitor can look up your name or enter your apartment number and the call box will call you. When you answer the call… Read More ›