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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 ›

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 ›

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

Saturday, April 10, 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 $59.99. 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 ›

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 ›

SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2021

SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

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If you enjoy calls from politicians and car warranty offers as much as we do, then today’s your lucky day. Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of our previous tutorials, we want to introduce an updated call screening approach for Incredible PBX 2021 that takes into account some recent changes in FreePBX® design.… Read More ›

A Fresh Look at Low-Cost VoIP Cloud Providers

A Fresh Look at Low-Cost VoIP Cloud Providers

Monday, February 8, 2021

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Now that we’re up and running in 2021 with new releases of Incredible PBX 2021 for both Debian and Ubuntu, it seemed like a fitting time to take a fresh look at VoIP cloud offerings to host your new PBX. The short story is that a cloud-based PBX is the hands-down winner over on-premise hardware these days. It’s cheaper. It’s more reliable. It’s more powerful. And it’s more flexible. The question you’re probably wanting answered is how much does it… Read More ›

5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.

5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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We’ve been building turnkey Incredible PBX® servers for virtual machine platforms for many years. Because the servers are built from images, typical install times have been 5 minutes or less with Proxmox, VirtualBox, and VMware ESXi. But the missing piece has always been a similar image install on a true cloud-based platform. This limitation was primarily due to the fact that we don’t own or control the available cloud platforms which typically limit image installs to operating systems such as… Read More ›

Our Best VoIP Cloud Platform Recommendations for 2021

Our Best VoIP Cloud Platform Recommendations for 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

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Once upon a time, spending $15 to $50 a month for a cloud-based KVM platform to manage your Asterisk® PBX was considered a good deal. But, in the words of Bob Dylan, Times They Are A-Changin’. Our testing over the past couple years confirms that paying premium prices for Google or Amazon EC2 VoIP platforms is nothing short of a waste of money. Today we’re pleased to recommend five cloud providers to host your VoIP server that range in price… Read More ›