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Nerd Vittles

Ward Mundy's Technobabblelog

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:53:18 +0000


November 24, 2017: A Black Friday to Remember

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:56 +0000

We try not to get too caught up in the Black Friday frenzy each year, but the 2017 edition is turning into a day to remember. We’ll tick off a few of our favorite offerings and encourage all of you to post your discoveries in the comments. And, of course, there are web sites specifically devoted to Black Friday, and we won’t compete with their broader coverage if you happen to be in a shopping mood. Be sure to check… Read More ›

Now Serving: The Incredible PBX 13-13 Whole Enchilada

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:00:31 +0000

We’re delighted to introduce the bells and whistles for Incredible PBX® 13-13. We’ve taken a slightly different approach with this release. Instead of getting the Whole Enchilada out of the box, you now have a choice. You start with Incredible PBX 13-13 LEAN on either the CentOS® 6 or 7 platform. This gets you a fully-functioning PBX with the latest Asterisk® 13 and most of the FreePBX® 13 GPL modules. From there, you can customize your PBX in any way… Read More ›

The Gold Standard: It’s Incredible PBX for Raspbian 8 and Raspberry Pi 3

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:00:44 +0000

We are pleased to introduce this fall 2017 update for Incredible PBX® for Raspberry Pi®. We’ve updated Asterisk® to the latest 13.18.0 version which addresses the RTPbleed eavesdropping and crash bugs we previously documented. For Cisco phone buffs, we’ve added SCCP support. Just follow this tutorial to customize your setup. And, by popular request, you now can run your Incredible PBX for Raspberry Pi from an external USB hard drive. We’ll show you how in today’s tutorial. Hard to believe… Read More ›

It’s Soup: The Definitive Quick Start Guide to Wazo 17.15

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 16:00:07 +0000

Today we’re pleased to introduce Wazo 17.15, the latest iteration in the Wazo fork of XiVO. Twelve years in the making with the same development team, Wazo 17.15 is really something special. It’s the first release featuring Asterisk® 15 with multi-party videoconferencing and also includes a new easy-to-use WebRTC feature and support for Asterisk FollowMe Roaming. Of course, all of your favorite Incredible PBX add-ons are ready as well. What follows is a new soup-to-nuts tutorial covering everything you need… Read More ›

Back to Basics: Configuring Extensions, Trunks & Routes

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000

With last week’s release of Incredible PBX 13-13 Lean with Asterisk® 13 and FreePBX® 13 GPL modules, it seemed like an opportune time to revisit the initial setup process of an Asterisk-based PBX. Configuring extensions, trunks, and routes are the fundamental steps in successfully interconnecting your PBX to the telecommunications network. So today we’ll walk through the initial setup process in some detail for those that are just getting started. And we think old-timers may find some hidden nuggets in… Read More ›

Sneak Peek: Incredible PBX with FreePBX 13 GPL Modules

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:00:12 +0000

As many of you know, the Asterisk® 13.16 and 13.17 releases caused serious breakage with FreePBX® 12 GPL deployments. These have been resolved in the new Asterisk 13.18 release candidate, but it prompted us to do a little exploring for alternatives while many of you were partying at AstriCon in Orlando last week. To give credit where credit is due, the Sangoma developers have made some impressive improvements with their FreePBX 13 release. And now we’re pleased to introduce a… Read More ›

The New Hybrid PBX: Why Settle for a One Trick Pony?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:14 +0000

Let’s face it. It’s hard not to like the application development flexibility that Asterisk® offers, especially if you’re part of an organization that has very specific telephony needs. But the price you pay for "free" and putting all of your eggs in the Asterisk basket is painful. Here are a few of the hurdles that come to mind: security, NAT, one-way audio, remote users, CRM support, conferencing, painful upgrades to address frequent bug fixes, and, more generally, telephone management and… Read More ›

The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:00:39 +0000

Let’s face it. Voice recognition with Google has been hit and miss, and that’s on a good day. So we’re delighted to shift gears and introduce a new platform powered by IBM Watson’s Speech-to-Text (STT) engine. While it’s not free, that’s really theoretical for most of our readers. Your first month on the platform is entirely free. And, after that, you get 1,000 minutes a month of free voice recognition services. If you still want more, it’s 2¢ a minute.… Read More ›

Game Changer: Hooking Up Facebook with Incredible PBX

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:37 +0000

There aren’t many VoIP discoveries that get us this excited about the future of telecom. But merging with 1.5 billion users plus Facebook’s enormous talent pool and technology resources is definitely something worthy of your attention. What a Facebook marriage with the VoIP platform could mean for the future of telecommunications is nothing short of earth-shattering. Few people still have home phones. Almost everyone has a Facebook account and a cellphone. If VoIP solutions for businesses fail to take those… Read More ›

VoIP Security: Installing SSL Certificates with Incredible PBX

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:46 +0000

We’ve got some revolutionary VoIP projects coming your way over the next several weeks, but I’m sorry to say the hardest part of them is getting your server configured to use secure and encrypted web communications via HTTPS. This is quickly becoming a universal requirement of most of the major technology players. So what might not be the most glamorous VoIP topic for a Monday morning is not only necessary but long overdue. The good news is that obtaining, installing,… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: Incredible PBX 13 to the Rescue

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:00:53 +0000

With the Digium announcement last week that four and a half year’s worth of Asterisk® servers were vulnerable to the RTP eavesdropping bug, it prompted us to dust off our Incredible PBX® 13 for CentOS build and bring it up to current specs including the Digium patch for RTPbleed. And then along came Hurricane Issabel to remind us that sh*t happens, and it pays to have a backup plan for your telecommunications infrastructure. So today we’re pleased to introduce two… Read More ›

RTPbleed Security Alert: Asterisk Calls Can Be Intercepted

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:00:23 +0000

If you’ve installed Asterisk® during the past 4½ years, your server has a MAJOR security problem. If you didn’t already know, with Asterisk, your VoIP conversations actually are carried over a random UDP port using the Real Time Protocol (RTP), not the SIP port (UDP 5060) which handles the setup and teardown of your VoIP connections. It turns out that, since March 2013, all of that RTP traffic and thus your conversations could be intercepted and redirected by anyone on… Read More ›

Another Perfect Pair: Flawless VoIP with Wazo and 3CX

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:25 +0000

We previously documented how to interconnect an Issabel PBX with 3CX to take advantage of the best of both worlds. Today, we’ll again use the Nerd Vittles free 3CX server offering and interconnect it with a Wazo PBX. An added benefit of using Wazo is the fact that you can set up redundant (and free) HA servers with Wazo in minutes. Once we get the pieces in place, from Wazo extensions, you’ll be able to call your 3CX Clients by… Read More ›

Best of the Internet: American Road Warrior’s Fall Roundup

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 07:00:37 +0000

The Internet is all about sharing the best finds and once a year we like to take a fresh look at what’s new and exciting whether you travel frequently or not. While the primary focus of Nerd Vittles is VoIP technology, you can’t provide the best VoIP solutions without also exploring network and cellular technology. And, as the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. When we travel for more than a day or… Read More ›

Free Worldwide VoIP Calling with iNum and Issabel 4

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:00:57 +0000

In our last article, we documented how to implement free, safe SIP URI worldwide calling with an almost-free Issabel™ server in the Cloud. Today we’ll add another free worldwide calling option using iNum™. As with SIP URIs, iNum provides a way for anyone in the world to reach you by phone without paying a nickel. And iNum adds the same functionality for Issabel PBX users to reach anyone else in the world with an iNum phone number. The iNum project… Read More ›

Free Worldwide VoIP Calling with SIP URIs and Issabel 4

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:00:21 +0000

SIP URIs make the VoIP World go ’round. They’re the email-like addresses that carry VoIP calls between SIP servers to reach their destination. But there’s gold in them hills if you know how to use SIP URIs because SIP URI calls are free even if the calls travel all the way around the world. We previously documented how to deploy SIP URI calling with PIAF5 and 3CX, and today we’ll show you how to make SIP URI calls from and… Read More ›

A VPN for All Seasons: Introducing NeoRouter v2

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:00:25 +0000

Today, we want to revisit our favorite client-server VPN, NeoRouter. It’s included with all versions of Incredible PBX® and eases the pain of setting up air-tight firewalls as well as High Availability (HA) redundant servers with VoIP. NeoRouter relies upon a central server and uses a star topology to connect remote nodes. The major difference between NeoRouter and PPTP VPNs is that only registered devices participate in the virtual private network so there is no direct access to other machines… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: $1.50 Cloud Bargains for VoIP Deployments

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:35 +0000

We’ve been big fans of $5/month VPS offerings of Digital Ocean and Vultr for many years. When Vultr reduced their lowest tier to $2.50/month, we were ecstatic. These weren’t ideal VoIP platforms because of their 512MB memory constraint, but they were perfectly suitable as a sandbox for experimentation. And then along came OVH with a 2GB VPS that was nearly perfect for VoIP at $3.49/month. As we all know, the Earth does not stand still, and WootHosting now has once… Read More ›

Finding the Perfect Phone Solution for Small Organizations

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:00:06 +0000

Many of us wear several hats during our business careers. One of those invariably is managing a community organization of some flavor. We frequently are asked for advice on what the ideal telephony solution would be for such an organization. The reason for the inquiries typically is because the Bell Sisters have now jacked up the cost of a single, business phone line to well over $100 a month. And that gets you local calls only unless you sign up… Read More ›

Almost Free: Professional Grade TTS Comes to Issabel 4

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:00:59 +0000

There’s no need to be chained to your TV for breaking news and weather forecasts when they can be as close as the nearest VoIP phone. Today we’re elevating text to speech with Issabel to commercial-quality. We’re wrapping up our month-long romance with Issabel 4 by introducing IBM’s Bluemix TTS service for Incredible PBX®. It’s surprisingly affordable. The first million characters of text-to-speech synthesis are FREE every month so, for most users, upgrading to commercial quality speech synthesis is a… Read More ›

The Perfect Pair: Flawless VoIP with Issabel 4 and 3CX

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:55 +0000

We continue our Issabel 4 adventure today with a VoIP match made in heaven. Today, we’ll take advantage of the Nerd Vittles free 3CX server offering and interconnect it with an Issabel 4 PBX to enjoy the best of both worlds. From Issabel extensions, you can call your 3CX Clients by dialing 4 digits. From 3CX Clients, you can call Issabel extensions as well as your Asterisk® applications in the same way with the added bonus of being able to… Read More ›

Leap Into Summer: Introducing Incredible PBX for Issabel

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:00:02 +0000

If you didn’t already know, we’ve always liked free. No strings, no gotchas, no demoware, and no legal shenanigans. That’s why our introduction of Issabel 4 last week was such a breath of fresh air. While there’s now an awesome free version of 3CX, the open source community has had a very long dry spell. So today we celebrate a decade of adding fun to phone systems with the introduction of Incredible PBX® for Issabel 4. It includes our next… Read More ›

Independence Day for Elastix 4: Introducing Issabel 4

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:00:16 +0000

There was more than a little disappointment when PaloSanto Solutions closed up their Elastix® shop last year. The good news was that 3CX stepped in with a terrific free offer on their commercial PBX for Elastix users. And, of course, Sangoma® quickly learned Spanish to tout their closed source crippleware, the FreePBX® Distro. But today’s a new day, and there’s another great surprise as the discontinued Elastix 4 open source product is reincarnated as Issabel 4. Featuring a respin of… Read More ›

3CX in the Cloud: 8 Great Ways to Secure Your Server

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:52 +0000

Now that many of you have taken advantage of the opportunity to deploy a free 3CX server, it seemed like an opportune time to share what we’ve learned while deploying 3CX on hosted platforms in the cloud. If you’ve followed our Nerd Vittles adventures over the years, you already know that our number one consideration with any PBX deployment is security. Without that, you’re just paying somebody else’s phone bill. While 3CX is extremely secure as delivered, once you choose… Read More ›