Gogo a no go on VoIP

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I was very excited when I got to the airport and saw that AirTran offered in-flight WiFi.  Who knew you could get WiFi on a flight from San Francisco to Milwaukee?  I've been dying to try VoIP over the Gogo Inflight Internet Service for some time now. For $12.95, you get Gogo's "unlmited" Internet access while in flight (it's $9.95 for flights shorter than 3 hours, and a monthly all-you-can-eat pass goes for $49.95)). The prices are not bad -- my dog is stuffed under the seat in front of me … [Read more...]

Part 2: Asterisk in a Cloud

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, we covered why you should consider using the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for your telephony solution.  In this article, we will: Sign-up for Amazon Web Services (AWS); Setup the Elasticfox Firefox Extension for Amazon EC2; Configure an Amazon EC2 instance; Assign an Elastic IP address to the instance; Install Asterisk 1.6; Create Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes for the Asterisk configuration, voicemail and logs storage. Step … [Read more...]

Part 1: VoIP in a Cloud

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(This is the first of a two-part series on using Amazon's cloud services to meet your business telephony needs. In this part, we look at Amazon EC2 and how it is used in a VoIP setting. In Part 2, we'll cover all the steps necessary in getting the open-source Asterisk PBX to work on Amazon's cloud.)  Businesses looking to upgrade their telephony systems to more cost-effective and powerful IP-based PBXes generally limit their choice to two approaches: in-house and out-sourced. An in-house … [Read more...]

How To: Monitor Asterisk with SNMP

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We needed a better way to monitor and track performance of RF.com's Asterisk 1.6 boxes.  We learned quickly that the scarce documentation for configuring Asterisk to use Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is conflicting and outdated.  So we decided to share our configuration and hopefully save others a lot of time and head-scratching.   … [Read more...]