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Asterisk PBX Support

Connect your open source PBX to our SIP trunks.

IPComms began connecting our SIP trunks to Asterisk® PBXs in 2002. And not to brag, but since then, we've successfully provided over 30,000 SIP/IAX trunks to almost every version of Asterisk on the market.

So, whether you're a forum-surfing, wiki-reading, ISO-burning open source PBX newbie or a full-fledged, Digium® certified, card-carrying member of every Asteriskusers group on the Web... we're sure to be the SIP Trunking service provider you want in your SIP.conf file

Our USA-based support staff is here to help you get your Asterisk PBX connected to our IPComms' SIP trunks. In fact, we'll prove it to you!  Sign up for our Free SIP Trunk Trial and experience our extremely high-quality service and technical support for yourself.  We also have plenty of Asterisk PBX Videos and Asterisk Tutorials available online.

PBX in a Flash (Resetting the root password)

Resetting a root Password

How to reset a root password in PIAF and generic RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) based systems.

Having the ability to reset your PIAF password in-case of a lock-out is very vital when it's necessary to keep an open communication. Resetting a password may take a few minutes.

    • Reboot your server
    • When you see the GRUB loader quickly press a key to disrupt the normal booting process
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FreePBX EndPoint Manager

EndPoint Manager

EndPoint Manager is a module within FreePBX®, that can be used to install and provision IP phones as well as manage firmware updates. This is a very useful tool that works with the most of the major brands. As an example we will setup a Cisco phone, to begin select Install on Cisco. Next, you will see available models for that brand, select Enable for your current model. Next, go to the Advanced Settings and set the IP Address of the PBX, and set the directory where phones will update the firmware from.

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Setting up your IAX Trunk inside PBX in a Flash/FreePBX

Setting up your IAX Trunk inside PBX in a Flash

  • Setting up a IAX Trunk is very similar to a SIP Trunk, the biggest difference in registration is the Register String. The IAX trunk contains more information than a SIP Trunk. Trunk information can be copied over just like setting up the SIP Trunks
  • Make sure to set the registration string as; username:password@domain
  • If you would like to see if trunks are registered you can go to the FreePBX System Status and look at IP Trunk Registrations.
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11 Steps to Secure your PBX

11 Steps to Secure your PBX

 

Don't be a victim of telecom theft

If you are reading this, you're probably like most of us... after many hours, or even several days of downloading software, setting up servers, configuring trunks and cracking open firewall ports, you finally achieve success - your PBX is working, and calls are passing.   So, you wipe the sweat from your forehead, push away your ergonomic mesh-backed office chair (with lumbar support) and walk away pleased - not giving a second thought to security.  Until one day, you log into your PBX and see the skull-and-boned call sign of a hacker that has decided to pay you’re perfectly running PBX a visit. 

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What is Telecom Fraud?

What is Telecom Fraud?

Plain and Simple.  Telecom fraud is theft!

So, you just received your monthly phone bill from your phone service provider.  What you expect to see is a total somewhere around 30 or 40 bucks.  However, to your amusement, you read "Total Due: $84,534.00" at the bottom of the bill.   After a lengthy conversation with a department that you didn't even know existed until now "The Fraud Management Department" you are informed that the bill is accurate your IP PBX has placed more than 100,000 minutes of outbound calls to Cuba and North Korea.  Furthermore, they want to know when and how you plan to pay.

Unfortunately, the scenario described above is not fictional and in no way exaggerated; more understated if anything.   As with anything connected to the public Internet these days, VoIP-based phone systems

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Connecting SIP trunks with IP Authentication (Asterisk/FreePBX)

IPComms allows two types of SIP trunking when connecting to our network. Our default registration method and by far the most common, is basic SIP Registration.  This method uses a SIP username and password with a registration string to connect to our SIP network.  The second methog, which is less common, but useful in many scenarios, is SIP IP Authentication.  

This article will cover registering your Asterisk PBX to IPComms using SIP IP Authentication.

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IPComms SIP Trunk Registration (Asterisk/FreePBX)

IPComms SIP Trunk Registration (Asterisk/FreePBX)

The first step in making and receiving phone calls using the IPComms SIP trunking network is registering your SIP device to our network using SIP registration. This article will cover registering your Asterisk PBX to IPComms using SIP IP Authentication.

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