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


(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


We needed a better way to monitor and track performance of'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the scarce documentation for configuring Asterisk to use Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is conflicting and outdated.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...]

FXO on the Down Low

For small- and medium-sized businesses, going all-VoIP is not an easy decision. Fortunately, the switch-over, which can result in substantial savings and add bold new capabilities to tired old office phone systems, can be done in baby-steps: Purchase an Internet Protocol (IP) based phone system, but keep the PSTN lines, for now. It is indeed possible to integrate VoIP into an existing office analog system, keeping current phone services intact while routing costly toll calls out over IP. … [Read more...]

Using the Nokia E-Series Phones with Asterisk

The mobile phone giant's newest hybrid phones usher in a brave new era of cell/VoIP connectivity. Getting them working, though, is no trivial matter. In this Voxilla How-To, we show you how to easily pair up Nokia's new fusion phones (the E60, E61 and E70) with a basic Asterisk PBX server and take full advantage of the best of both telephony worlds. … [Read more...]

Upgrades Never Go Smoothly

I upgraded our CommuniGate Pro Internet Communications application server to version 5.1 today. I put together five upgrade tips to make the upgrade a little easier for others. Need more tips or have tips of your own to submit? Check out Voxilla Tips. … [Read more...]

Using the SPA2000 with Asterisk

Sipura's SPA-2000 device offers an inexpensive and flexible alternative for adding analog FXS ports (Foreign eXchange Station, e.g. telephone handsets) to your Asterisk system. … [Read more...]

How to Install VoicePulse Connect

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