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Ward Mundy's Technobabblelog

Last Build Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:55:51 +0000


Leap into 2018: Introducing Incredible PBX 13 for Issabel

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:51 +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 summer 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® 13 for Issabel 4. It now includes… Read More ›

Happy New ISO: Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO Is Here

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:00:22 +0000

We’re pleased to introduce the new, 64-bit Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO featuring the latest release of Asterisk® 13 and your favorite FreePBX® 13 GPL modules. Like its predecessor, it’s 100% open source and GPL code. The new Incredible PBX 13-13 ISO can be burned to either a DVD-ROM or a 1GB or larger USB flash drive using a Mac, a Windows PC, or almost any Linux machine. And, unlike some other distros, you’re more than welcome to share our code… Read More ›

Beginner’s Navigation Guide to VoIP PBXs and Nerd Vittles

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 07:00:19 +0000

Here at Nerd Vittles, we cover a lot of VoIP territory over the course of a year. To kick off the new year, we thought it might be helpful for those just beginning their VoIP adventure to sketch out the VoIP lay of the land for you. We’re assuming that you came to our site because you wanted a VoIP solution that gives you something to play with and to learn from. That’s not for everybody, and there are less… Read More ›

Creating Free IBM Voice Prompts for Asterisk and 3CX

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:00:27 +0000

We frequently receive requests asking how best to create custom voice prompts to use with Asterisk® or 3CX® PBXs. Of course, our first recommendation is to always direct folks to Allison Smith whose voice prompts for Asterisk are legendary. But, for those on a tight budget, recordings by a professional voice talent may not be a viable option. So, today, in the Christmas spirit, we want to deliver the next best thing with synthesized voice prompts that are second to… Read More ›

Virtual Paradise: Incredible PBX 13-13 for VMware

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:56 +0000

Let’s face it. Virtual Machines are the future of server administration. Whether you prefer your own dedicated hardware or cloud-based resources managed by you or someone else, virtual platforms are the way to go. You get more bang for the buck out of your hardware by pooling resources for multiple tasks. VMware® and VirtualBox® make it easy. To get things started, we’re pleased to introduce three new .ova images for VMware today. You get your choice of a 15-minute install… Read More ›

Free Calling Returns with Incredible PBX 15 for Wazo

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:23 +0000

Since we began our XiVO/Wazo adventure 18 months ago, the most requested feature has been direct support for Google Voice with OAuth 2 authentication. For those in the United States, it remains the cheapest VoIP solution on the planet with unlimited free calls in the U.S. and Canada. When Wazo migrated to Asterisk® 15, the Asterisk platform natively supported Google Voice, but there was no direct support in either Wazo or Incredible PBX. Instead, over the past couple months, we’ve… Read More ›

It’s Soup: The Definitive Quick Start Guide to Wazo 17.17

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:00:07 +0000

Today we’re pleased to introduce Wazo 17.17, the latest iteration in the Wazo fork of XiVO. Twelve years in the making with the same development team, Wazo 17.17 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. We are pleased to announce that this release of Wazo 17.17 using the latest Incredible PBX 15 installer for Asterisk 15 now supports native… Read More ›

A New Day for 3CX: Free Text-to-Speech Apps from Santa

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:36 +0000

And you thought you needed an Asterisk® PBX for your users to enjoy GPL1 text-to-speech applications such as current News Headlines and Weather reports from the convenience of their telephone. Well, move over Asterisk. PIAF5™ and 3CX® now offer virtually identical functionality with all of the terrific advantages that a commercial-quality PBX provides: reliability, support, updates, security, and an unmatched UC platform that is second to none. There is no 3CX support for interactive TTS or STT applications (yet). So… Read More ›

Incredible PBX 13-13 Application User’s Guide

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:00:27 +0000

For those just beginning the Incredible PBX® 13-13 adventure, start here. Once your system is up and running, you’ll be ready to kick the tires. And today we’ll cover the applications for Asterisk® that are included in the latest and greatest Incredible PBX Whole Enchilada. If you have questions, post them on the PIAF Forum for some quick and friendly assistance. Here’s a Table of Contents to the Incredible PBX 13-13 Applications with hotlinks. Enjoy! Checking System Status Enabling Speech… Read More ›

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.1 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 ›

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 ›