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A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk
This month marks our twentieth anniversary wrestling with virtual private networks. Here’s a quick walk down memory lane. Our adventure began with the Altiga 3000 series VPN concentrators which we introduced in the federal courts in 1999. It was a near perfect plug-and-play hardware solution for secure communications between remote sites using less than secure Windows PCs. Cisco quickly saw the potential, gobbled up the company, and promptly doubled the price of the rebranded concentrators. About 10 years ago, we… Read More ›
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:00:09 +0000
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Finding Utopia: In Search of the Perfect VoIP Server Platform
Over the past decade, there is no subject that we have devoted more resources to than searching for the best platform on which to run a VoIP server. While our experience primarily has focused on finding the perfect fit for Incredible PBX®, much of what follows applies equally to any other Linux-based VoIP server including Wazo, Issabel, VitalPBX, and 3CX. Today we’d like to share what we’ve learned. Incredible PBX is a complex application. With close to a thousand moving… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 07:00:57 +0000
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A Better Way to Deploy Incredible PBX in the Google Cloud
Last week we introduced you to Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for the Google Cloud. This week we’ll take off the training wheels and show you how to deploy Incredible PBX in the Google Cloud in exactly 3 minutes using Google Cloud’s Image repository. And you can repeat the drill to deploy as many PBXs as you like at 3 minutes a pop. If you’re still cruising along on your $300 credit from Google, then your PBX should be cost-free for the… Read More ›
Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:59 +0000
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Spring Is Sprung: Taking Incredible PBX to the Google Cloud
Let’s chat about Google. We’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google for the past decade. For every good deed they do, they always manage to follow it up with a swift kick in the teeth… or lower. Business Insider recently catalogued all of the Google carnage over the years. And that ignores the train wreck that many VoIP users experienced with Google Voice. So we have mixed emotions about writing this column at all. But, suffice it to say, you… Read More ›
Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:00:21 +0000
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Cell Phone Tips for Spring Break and International Travel
With Spring Break upon us and Summer Vacations just around the corner, we wanted to briefly review some of your cellphone and data options for those that might be planning a trip outside the United States. If you’re only going as far as Mexico, Canada, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, then your existing cellular provider in the U.S. may have you covered at no additional cost. If your provider is not AT&T, then check with your carrier. And speaking of… Read More ›
Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:33 +0000
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A Golden Newbie: Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for Ubuntu 18.04.2
If you’re as big a fan of Ubuntu as we are, then you’ll be pleased to know that the month-old update to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is rock-solid. It takes a brave soul to name anything Bionic Beaver, but Ubuntu pulls it off and makes you want to meet one face-to-face, just not in a bar after midnight. Well, St. Paddy would be proud. Today’s new Incredible PBX® 13-13.10 release brings you everything you could want in a PBX, and the… Read More ›
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:10:58 +0000
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The New Gold Standard: Incredible PBX 13-13.10 for Raspbian
Today we are pleased to introduce the 2019 update for Incredible PBX® and the Raspberry Pi® featuring 70+ new FreePBX® GPL modules and a native Skyetel SIP trunking platform with a $50 service credit if you sign up before the end of March. In addition to dozens of under-the-covers tweaks, there also are new backup and restore utilities which should ease the pain of backups and future migrations. In fact, today’s build was created using those tools because the image… Read More ›
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:00:44 +0000
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Yowza! A Fault-Tolerant Incredible PBX Platform for $1/Mo.
Not that you needed another reason to sign up for Skyetel’s triple-redundant SIP hosting platform, but we have a new one for you anyway. A fault-tolerant VoIP platform always has been the Holy Grail for many organizations. When your business depends on telephone calls, the very last thing you want to fail is your phone system. When most administrators think of fault-tolerant, high availability (HA) servers, the first word that comes to mind is expensive. For example, FreePBX® charges $1500/node… Read More ›
Thu, 07 Mar 2019 12:00:11 +0000
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In Search of a Better Mousetrap: Meet Incredible PBX 13-13.10
There are lots of choices in the VoIP marketplace these days, and everyone’s requirements are different. So one size certainly doesn’t fit all. So let me tick off our most important criteria, and you can compare our list to your own. At the top of our list are reliability, stability, performance, feature set, and ease of deployment and use. Next would be cost of ownership which includes not only the cost of initial deployment but also the recurring costs for… Read More ›
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:00:48 +0000
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Now Serving: The Incredible PBX 13-13 Whole Enchilada
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 the recommended CentOS® 6.10 platform. This gets you a fully-functioning PBX with the latest Asterisk® 13 and most of the FreePBX® 13 GPL modules. This release includes support for Skyetel SIP trunking from our Platinum Sponsor… Read More ›
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:00:31 +0000
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Keep On Trunkin’: Free International VoIP Calling Returns
Today we’re taking a fresh look at the international calling marketplace by updating the best VoIP deals available. FreeVoipDeal once again takes the prize with the best selection of "free" international calling destinations at the lowest prices. Below we’ll provide a quick tutorial to transform your Incredible PBX server into an international calling platform at minimal cost. Here’s How It Works. For every 10 euros ($10.72) you deposit into your account, you’ll get 300 minutes a week of free calls… Read More ›
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 07:00:22 +0000
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Big Kahuna: 70 New FreePBX GPL Modules for Incredible PBX
We don’t change the mix of FreePBX® GPL modules in Incredible PBX® 13-13 often although you can easily add or update any of particular interest at any time using the gpl-install scripts included in the distribution. So we’re excited to introduce the 2019 collection of 70 FreePBX GPL modules for those that want to keep their Asterisk® PBX platform loaded with the latest and greatest. We’ve included a batch installer which means ALL of the existing modules get updated with… Read More ›
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:00:43 +0000
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Adding SIP URI Dialing to Asterisk for Free Worldwide Calling
Since giving up on Google Voice, we’ve been extolling the virtues of SIP URI dialing which gives you unlimited free calls to anyone else in the world that happens to have their own SIP URI address. SIP URIs look very much like email addresses except they’re used to share phone conversations instead of email messages. And, as we’ve mentioned previously, if everyone in the world had their own SIP URI, paying for phone calls would become a thing of the… Read More ›
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:00:25 +0000
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UC on Steroids: Incredible PBX for Issabel Joins the Cloud
We’re pleased to introduce the 2019 edition of Incredible PBX® for Issabel featuring new VPS cloud provider support and one-minute setup for Skyetel SIP trunking. One of the limitations of Issabel 4 has been the required use of the ISO installer to deploy Asterisk® 13. This 2019 release addresses that limitation and lets you do a fully scripted install using one of our four recommended $7 to $15 a year VPS cloud providers. This new release includes our next generation… Read More ›
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:00:51 +0000
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SIP Happens! Deploying a Publicly-Accessible Asterisk PBX
We’ve previously documented the benefits of SIP URI calling. Because the calls are free from and to anywhere in the world, the use case is compelling. The drawbacks, particularly with Asterisk® servers, have primarily centered around the security implications of exposing SIP on a publicly-accessible server. Today we want to take a fresh look at a possible SIP implementation for Asterisk based upon the pioneering work of Dr. Lin Song back in the PBX in a Flash heyday. We’ve embellished… Read More ›
Mon, 28 Jan 2019 07:00:24 +0000
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Introducing Skyetel: A VoIP Provider for All Seasons
Having been around the block more times than we can remember, suffice it to say it takes a lot to get us excited about a VoIP provider. Let us tick off some criteria to even get our attention: terrific pricing, failsafe reliability, and first class performance. So just imagine our excitement to discover that an early follower of Nerd Vittles now provides one of the most compelling VoIP services we’ve ever tested with triple redundancy in multiple data centers. And… Read More ›
Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:00:17 +0000
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SIP Happens! And Kamailio Makes It Easy, Part I
If ever there was a Swiss Army Knife for SIP, Kamailio (a.k.a. OpenSER) is the hands-down winner. The flexibility of this open source SIP server is legendary. Whether it’s secure communications, insulation from brute force attacks, load balancing, failover, WebRTC, or the return of shared line appearances on your office phone system, Kamailio can handle it while processing thousands of call setups per second on minimal hardware platforms. Our plan for today is to walk you through setting up a… Read More ›
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:00:10 +0000
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Celebrating 2019: Return of the One-Minute Desktop PBX
If you’re new to the VoIP world and aren’t quite ready to dive into the Nerd Vittles cloud computing offerings, then we have a one minute setup solution today that doesn’t require you to buy anything ever. You can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring up the VirtualBox® edition of Incredible PBX® in less than 60 seconds. If you’ve followed Nerd Vittles over the years, you already know that VirtualBox from Oracle® is one of our… Read More ›
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:00:07 +0000
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New Year’s Knockout: New Cloud Platforms to Usher in 2019
December was a bit of a roller coaster in the VoIP community. But the world didn’t end after all. In fact, we’ve got lots to celebrate as we break out the 2019 calendar. The demise of HiFormance left many of us in the lurch because it was a nearly perfect VoIP platform for Incredible PBX. Well, not to worry. So long as you have a backup of your settings, the transition to our latest discovery will be painless. And making… Read More ›
Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:00:21 +0000
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A Sobering Look at Asterisk and the 2019 VoIP Landscape
Every six months or so we like to gaze into our crystal ball for a quick look at the VoIP landscape. 2018 has been quite the transformative year with the acquisition of Digium® and Asterisk® by Sangoma®. Unfortunately, as we predicted, the Digium layoffs have already begun, and 2019 may only get worse. While we have no inside information, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Digium’s headquarters in Huntsville closed within six months in an effort to balance the books.… Read More ›
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 07:00:54 +0000
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Skyetel Smorgasborg: SMS Blasting, SMS Dictator, and more
Just in time for Santa, we’ve got a great treat for those of you that have taken advantage of the Nerd Vittles special offer from Skyetel which gets you a $50 credit on their powerful VoIP platform. Today we’re adding not one, but three, SMS messaging utilities to the Incredible PBX UC platform. In addition to a command line utility to send SMS messages, we’re also introducing SMS Message Blasting which lets you send an SMS message to as many… Read More ›
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:00:36 +0000
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Spam Phone Call Blocker and CNAM Caching for FreePBX
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 today’s tutorial, we want to introduce a new approach to blocking these calls. The way it works is first time callers that pass the TrueCNAM SPAM check will be prompted to "press 5 to connect." Since most spam calls sit in a queue for several seconds… Read More ›
Mon, 26 Nov 2018 07:00:57 +0000
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R.I.P. GVSIP: A Final Farewell to Google Voice
It’s been a death by a thousand cuts, but today marks the end of the Google Voice era with Asterisk®. Since Google removed XMPP support and transitioned to their new GVSIP platform, many have held out hope that Google hadn’t moved to a purely commercial platform with their ObiHai deal. Yesterday, the head of the Google Voice project requested that all Asterisk GVSIP implementations be discontinued citing Google’s Terms of Service. We hinted this was coming back in July and… Read More ›
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:00:30 +0000
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Free Asterisk Voicemail Transcription with IBM Watson STT
There are many commercial voicemail transcription services for Asterisk® PBXs, but none hold a candle to the speech-to-text (STT) quality of the IBM Cloud offering known as Watson® STT, formerly known as Bluemix TTS. Despite a recent price increase that takes effect in December, the pricing remains competitive. On the Standard Pricing Plan, voicemail transcription is 2¢ per minute. Or you can try things out on the LITE plan which offers 100 minutes a month at no cost. When the… Read More ›
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:00:58 +0000
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