Category Archive: VOIP News

May 26 2016

Read this before you pay $10 to Obihai for support

As you may be aware, I removed all of the Obihai-related articles on this blog in protest of Obihai’s decision to attempt to charge users an additional $10 support fee in order to get firmware updates, and I no longer recommend Obihai devices. However, if you previously purchased an Obihai and find that you need …

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Jun 02 2015

Link to forum thread: Obihai sucks – buyers paid for Google Voice, now they want more!

Obihai now wants more money to give you the functionality you originally purchased! This was kind of buried in a previous thread but I thought it deserved its own thread. I have been a supporter of Obihai devices in the past, but no longer! I have an Obihai OBi100 and when I first got it …

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Nov 21 2014

Black Friday deal on Vestalink VoIP (internet phone) service

Got an email today saying that from now through November 30 you can save 40% on all Vestalink service plans, if you use the promo code: blackfriday Since Vestalink is one of the lower-priced VoIP providers anyway, this might be a particularly good deal for those looking for inexpensive VoIP service for yourself or a …

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Apr 23 2014

Security alert for users of the FreePBX Distro

We do not normally provide security alerts but since we have several articles on this site dealing with tweaks to Asterisk and FreePBX, we thought we would just pass this along. If you are a FreePBX Distro user, go read this thread and this security notice now. You should particularly do this if you are …

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Jul 21 2013

Not such a great deal on a VoIP PBX?

Is this the worst deal ever on a VoIP PBX? Probably not, but in our opinion it’s certainly not the best deal by a long shot, unless maybe they are providing a GREAT support package. See this thread on the PBX in a Flash forum. Interesting that their ad says “All products are sold on …

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May 06 2013

Link: The SIPaholic’s Dream Come True: Introducing Anveo Direct SIP Trunking

We’re incredibly happy with the current list of providers that we recommend to PBX in a Flash™ users for VoIP trunking. At the top of our list is Vitelity, a leading VoIP provider that has been a major contributor to the Nerd Vittles and PBX in a Flash projects for many years. But, as often …

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Aug 08 2011

Link: FreePBX security advisory – SIP extension types

The SysAdminMan blog has posted a new article related to FreePBX security, that I strongly urge you to read if you are running FreePBX or any FreePBX-based distribution: FreePBX security advisory – SIP extension types The basic issue is that by default, FreePBX sets extensions to type=friend rather than the more secure type=peer.  The article …

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Oct 20 2010

Link: Free SIP Calling with Google Voice (sans Gizmo5)

One of the more popular articles on this site is How to use Google Voice for free outgoing calls on an Asterisk/FreePBX system (the easy way), but that article assumes that you own (or have administrator access to) an Asterisk server.  What if you just want to have a softphone or regular phone with Google …

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Jul 07 2010

Geolock — a Perl script for Asterisk or FreePBX users to enhance security

cron job setup using Webmin

I created the following Perl script and have been running it for a week or so, and it seems to be working well.  The idea is that this script runs once per minute, and whenever a SIP or IAX extension is registered with your Asterisk system the script looks at the IP address that the …

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Dec 21 2009

Review of Building Enterprise Ready Telephony Systems with sipXecs 4.0 by Michael W. Picher (Packt Publishing)

Cover of Building Enterprise Ready Telephony Systems with sipXecs 4.0

This article was originally published in December, 2009. Regular readers of this blog may recall that I recently reviewed another Packt Publishing book, FreePBX 2.5 Powerful Telephony Solutions by Alex Robar, and that my review was generally positive.  However, I have wondered for a while if there was going to be any serious competition for …

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