Telephony

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 ›

Meet RackNerd: The Best VoIP Cloud Bargain on the Planet

Meet RackNerd: The Best VoIP Cloud Bargain on the Planet

Monday, August 23, 2021

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We continue to scour the Internet for the best bargains to host Incredible PBX 2021 in the Cloud. When the annual cost drops to under $1 a month, you would be crazy not to move your PBX to a cloud-based solution. And, yes, we eat our own dog food. We have four VPS offerings from RackNerd that are scattered across the United States in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Seattle. Over the past year, inflation has set in. For new… 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 ›

Adding the Linux XFCE GUI to Incredible PBX 2021

Adding the Linux XFCE GUI to Incredible PBX 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

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One of the most requested add-ons for Incredible PBX® is a graphical user interface for Linux. And today we’ll show you the quick and easy way to add XFCE 4 to your Debian 10 platform. What it gets you is simple access to a number of Linux applications and utilities which only run inside a GUI. These include the Firefox browser, LibreOffice with Microsoft Office compatibility, ImageMagick, media players, a FileManager GUI, and Linux utilities such as TimeShift and gparted.… Read More ›

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 (CentOS) to 2021 (Debian)

Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 (CentOS) to 2021 (Debian)

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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If you’re still shackled to CentOS 7 with Incredible PBX 2020, the time has come to put the horse and buggy out to pasture. RedHat has become an unreliable partner upon whom your entire PBX depends. When RedHat abruptly reneged on LTS support for CentOS 8, the writing was on the wall. They could do much the same thing with CentOS 7. Rather than waiting for the other shoe to drop, we introduced Incredible PBX 2021 and migrated to Debian… Read More ›