Telephony

The Modern Mobile Office

Modern businesses are more likely today than ever before to have a remote work policy. These can include a flexible day per week that allows team members to work from home up to even having some portion of their employees working remotely exclusively. While the frequency and circumstances of who works remotely and how often will vary widely from company to company, the consistent need is for all of them to have the right tools in place for their employees to excel at both the physical and the mobile office. At one time, the mobile office may not have consisted of much more than an employee using his or her home phone for the day. The modern mobile office, however, has a variety of tools that allow for a more complete, more private, and more effective way to work away from the main office. (Read More…)

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

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 a cloud-based platform, it’s a new ballgame. There is no 3CX firewall sitting between your PBX and the Internet. (Read More…)

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

There are evolutions, and then there are revolutions. The new PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 is revolutionary on so many levels: price, feature set, flexibility, stability, and security for openers. For Nerd Vittles readers that want a free PBX for your home or small business, there’s a revolutionary bonus. Starting today, you can download a perpetual license for a 4 simultaneous call, 10 extension, unlimited trunks edition of 3CX v15.5 at zero cost! (Read More…)

The 5-Minute PBX: Incredible PBX with Wazo for VirtualBox

We’ve sung the praises of VirtualBox for many years because it provides a wonderful platform for experimentation as well as production-ready systems using almost any hardware and any operating system. Versions of VirtualBox are available for Windows PCs, Macs, Linux desktops, and even Solaris machines. And, once you have VirtualBox in place, you can load gigabyte-sized turnkey virtual machines in a couple minutes. It literally transforms complex computer setups into child’s play.

We’ve taken the Incredible PBX for Wazo tutorial and turned it into a turnkey virtual machine for VirtualBox. You can load it in a couple minutes and be ready to go. It’s got all of the Incredible PBX bells and whistles, and extensions already are configured for a SIP phone and WebRTC so that you can hit the ground running. (Read More…)

Postfix + Gmail: A Pain-Free SMTP Relay for Wazo PBX

Let’s face it. As the number of Internet service providers blocking downstream email servers continues to proliferate, getting a reliable email server configured with Incredible PBX™ and other VoIP servers has become painful. We previously have posted tutorials showing how to configure SendMail to send outbound emails using either your Gmail account or your Comcast account. There’s one major problem on the Wazo platform. It uses Postfix instead of SendMail. More importantly, you can’t replace the mail server without breaking Wazo. (Read More…)

Introducing IVRs in a Flash with Incredible PBX for Wazo

Last week we introduced the all-new, API-driven Admin User Interface for Wazo 17.07. But pretty pictures are only the icing on the cake. It’s what’s under the hood that really matters. And today we want to walk you through the new IVR User Interface with Incredible PBX for Wazo. The Wazo developers heard from many of you that were missing the GUI-driven IVR tools available in other products. And we’re pleased to tell you it’s another Home Run for Wazo. The UI is well-documented, easy to use, and incredibly simple to implement. (Read More… ›)

Introducing a New WhiteList Security Model for Wazo

Today we’re pleased to introduce a new state-of-the-art Travelin’ Man 3 firewall implementation for 2017. Five years ago, we developed a new security model for Asterisk® servers that whitelisted those needing access while blocking everyone else. The design was simple. You can’t attack what you can’t see. Three years ago, we made Travelin’ Man 3 more flexible for remote users with the addition of PortKnocker, a terrific tool providing temporary remote server access using a random three-number code. Today’s release further streamlines the firewall management process. Trusted users can permanently whitelist new IP addresses from anywhere using any PC or smartphone. (Read More…)