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    Opensource PBX

    Hello,

    I was wondering what open source PBX you use and how have you found it for setup, and reliability in a working senario?

    Elastix
    PBXinAFlash
    FreePBX Distro
    Asterisx Now

    Thanks

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    Take a look at TrixBox. It is an open source operating system with Asterisk preinstalled. It's worth a look.

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    Hello,

    Trixbox is not on the radar to be honest as its not been updated in a while so I would rather stay away from it.

    Thanks

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    I've been using FreePBX distro for a year and love it. I use it with 4 x SPA-3102.

    Before and during this time I've tried using PIAF. I didn't like the update script. It runs for a long time and I have no idea what it is doing. I also feel like I am installing more than I need.

    The FreePBX distro setup is simple and fast. Install the addons you need after. Updates are a cinch through the web interface or yum and haven't given me any problems.

    I tried Asterisk Now but don't remember why I didn't use it.

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    Have you looked at 3CX, granted it's not open source. But it does have a free version with plenty of features.

    http://www.3cx.com/

    I've personally seen two deployments. The one we use for ApertureHost and ColocateUSA and about a 150 handset deployment for a client. Both are more or less rock solid.

    It's at least work taking a look at, unless you're dead set on open source. But if you need to quickly deploy a PBX, this is one way to do it. I've tested it with iCall and nexVortex for SIP trunks.

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    Hi

    Try - http://pbxinaflash.net/ - as its free and works very well, install and forget.

    Steer away from trixbox, unless you want it to be hacked..

    Thanks

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    I find a manual installation of Asterisk 1.8 with FreePBX to be the best option. You can throw it on a VPS with Linode very quickly, for instance, which is what I do. It's also VERY lightweight when you do a manual installation since you only install the packages you need.

    I have everything from the lower end Cisco phones to the SPA525G, to Snom 870's, to Grandstream GXV3175 phones. Everything works flawlessly using Asterisk. Although, I do have gripes with many of the phones. I always end up going back to Cisco...
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    Quote Originally Posted by abtme View Post
    Hi

    Try - http://pbxinaflash.net/ - as its free and works very well, install and forget.

    Steer away from trixbox, unless you want it to be hacked..

    Thanks
    I agree, pbx-in-a-flash is a great place to start. Security focused with a helpful and active forum.
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    I was going to say, but it's already mentioned, steer away from TrixBox. It is poorly maintained and not updated in quite some time.
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    Opensource PBX

    I have used several of them and in the end they are all GUIs that sit on Asterisk. That being said Trixbox is your worst option. Forked version of FreePBX, older version of *, limited support especially in the community version. Elastix is similar to Trixbox with the issues that it runs very heavy (resource intensive) and many of the docs/forums are in spanish. PIAF in a similar manner to Tbox and Elastix also relies on FreePBX as the * management and ties in versions of FOP and other components but if you follow the forums the writers have been openly quarreling with the FreePBX guys so not too sure where they go next...Best bet is to go with just straight FreePBX and even though it is more work research and individually add other packages such as A2billing, FOP, MeetMe, etc.

    Also check out these guys...Pretty cool product and concept based off of FreeSwitch instead of * but they scale to thousands of phones. Search 2600hz

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    I would steer clear for asterisk, and instead use Freeswith. The best GUI out there for freeswitch is currently FusionPBX, but 2600Hz is a commercial solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleLC23 View Post
    I would steer clear for asterisk, and instead use Freeswith. The best GUI out there for freeswitch is currently FusionPBX, but 2600Hz is a commercial solution.
    Hello,

    What makes you say to steer clear of asterisk?

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    I would steer clear for asterisk, and instead use Freeswith.
    Asterisk works fine for us on our PBX deployments. Although I personally prefer freeswitch just because it doesn't have any of the strange quirks that asterisk does in OpenVZ. To the OP: I'd say Asterisk with FreePBX as a GUI would be a solid choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dot_txt View Post
    Asterisk works fine for us on our PBX deployments. Although I personally prefer freeswitch just because it doesn't have any of the strange quirks that asterisk does in OpenVZ. To the OP: I'd say Asterisk with FreePBX as a GUI would be a solid choice.
    The hypervisor based virtualization (Xen/KVM) outperforms OpenVZ containers. Personally I won't recommend OpenVZ cause of its lack of any major recent improvements.
    Asterisks deployments I did on Xen run without any issues.

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    Asterisk Pbx the clean version


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    PBXinaflash is an add-on to the FreePBX that adds many features (and some security features) that anyone can install from the Nerd Vittles Forum.
    That is where I found info on setting up Freepbx and have been reading there about VOIP stuff for about 3 months now.

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    I run PBX In a flash for just two phones (cisco 9460 and my softphone on my iPhone) and I feel it works great for what it is.
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    From experience... If your PBX is going to be on the public internet? Security has to be your BIGGEST concern... Not functionality, cost or ease of use.

    From a company that specialises in Wholesale, Corporate and Public Sector communications we hear of nearly 1 story a day from where a wholesale clients, client has been hacked and has lost at least 250 of credit... The average unfortunately is around 1000!

    We've been hacked before (trixbox) and lost nearly 2500 in 30 minutes!! Although it was our fault partially as we had our PBX on a 100 port capacity on our network.

    The hackers are first of all, all automated... So your biggest thing you have to be careful with is your extension usernames/passwords... make your extensions long and your passwords secure (upper/lower case, min 8 characters).

    Second of all make sure you can install a automatic firewall on the server that will automatically block IPs should they authenticate more then x amount of times in a y amount of minutes. Fail2ban is highly recommended.

    We sometimes see 500 extension tries a second from hackers.

    Thirdly make sure you change the wwwadmin (not just maint) passwords on all these systems.. Even PBXinaflash... although PBXinaflash was thought to be secure... It was a few weeks ago, one of our own company pbxes came under attack and we found they got in via wwwadmin. So change your password for both of them!! Then make sure Fail2ban (a good automatic firewall block) will block failed attempts via http as well.

    Forthly... Change your HTTP, SSH ports... Something stupidly high.

    Fifth... in your routing options... make sure you have to dial a bit extra infront of the number you want to call... like '9' for an outside line... but something like '987' then the number you want to call... yes its a nucence... but its worth it financially..Remember do not do 9 as these hackers try there calls with this logic in it.... Also possibly have a pin code for international routes. These hackers are automated and do not "CURRENTLY" go through your routing and pin options setup.

    Sixth... make sure you limit your concurrent calls on the trunk you setup with your provider to make sure in the worst case... then your limiting your damage.

    We find 95% of all hack attempt calls goes to: Somalia, Serria Leone, Isreal, Austrian Premium Rate Number, Egypt, Uganda and Libya.

    If you don't need these destinations... Block them on your PBX!

    If possible... work with your calling operator who can set a max per day spend... Then notify you if you hit that.

    This should help protect you all further... I would love the day when i go into the office for a week and we don't have a support ticket from a client explaining their clients PBX was hacked and seeing if they can recuperate any of the cost.
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    Very helpful post! Thank you.

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    I am not referring you TriBox cause this is not maintained in regular basis and not updated for a long time.YOu can try some other.

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