FreePBX for Family?



  • Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.



  • Why not go complete SIP, and get phones that have built in or option WiFi adapters?



  • How is their Internet service? Namely latency?



  • @dustinb3403 said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Why not go complete SIP, and get phones that have built in or option WiFi adapters?

    Cost could be a factor here.



  • @dustinb3403 said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Why not go complete SIP, and get phones that have built in or option WiFi adapters?

    Why deal with that when you can make magic?

    Also WiFi and VoIP and generally a bad idea unless you have solid control of the WiFi.



  • @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.



  • A simple ATA will be a lot cheaper than buying phones.

    The Grandstream HT 701 was my goto. I think the current models are the 800 series. Should be $30 for a single port.

    You will need to be aware of what kind of old phones they have. Anything super old with a real bell inside will kill the ATA with its current draw when the thing tries to send ring voltage.



  • Is the magicjack still used?

    http://www.magicjack.com/



  • @irj said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Is the magicjack still used?

    http://www.magicjack.com/

    Fuck that shit.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.



  • @emad-r said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.

    Best thing for android is to throw it out and use iPhone. I use ZoIPer.



  • @emad-r said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.

    Zoiper is also on Android. That's what I had used in the past.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @irj said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Is the magicjack still used?

    http://www.magicjack.com/

    Fuck that shit.

    @JaredBusch

    You may have missed your calling reviewing things.



  • @coliver said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @emad-r said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.

    Zoiper is also on Android. That's what I had used in the past.

    Ya it's not bad. I can't stand the animations though. They take too long.



  • @coliver said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @emad-r said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.

    Zoiper is also on Android. That's what I had used in the past.

    As I do not have any Android device to try it on I cannot validate that my user was not doing something wrong.

    But I have had multiple users on Android try to use ZoIPer and have continual problems with connectivity.



  • I got a great story that goes along with this topic sort of... I'll get to that after I answer your question. About 2 years ago I bought a DID with Oooma to use as my home line. I decided Ooma sucked and ported my number over to voip.ms and connected an ATA box to my analog cordless handset. I think I pre-paided $25 when I switched to voip.ms, and I still have $12.12 in my current balance. There is no need for a FreePBX for your grandparents and parents if you go with voip.ms. However, feel free to set it up if you really want to practice and have something to play and test with.

    Now, back to the story. The number I purchased with Ooma was like a business line because it ended with 8000. It was easy to remember, which is why I bought it. About a year ago I started getting calls asking if they are calling a Dentist office. I kept telling callers they have the wrong number. Finally, the owner of a Dentist office calls me and says they had just bought my home DID from Ooma. She explained that the number was already published on all their brochures, insurance documents, and all their phone extensions were based off the 8000 extension etc... They were also opening in 2 weeks. Turns out Ooma never removed the number out of their database when I ported over to voip.ms and then sold the number to this Dental office because they bought Oooma Business phone service. I mean there was only two people that called my home #, my mom and my dad. And this business was screwed. The cost to change the DID on all there brochures, documents, etc... would probably cost them a good amount. The Dental office ended up making me a $$$ offer for the DID and I released it to them. The owner was also a Dental surgeon and offered to do any Dental surgeries for my family with no out of pocket costs after insurance pays. Turns out my wife needs gum grafting surgery and we are going to save another $1,000 - $2,000 dollars by not having to pay anything out of pocket after insurance. I mean what luck. I love telling this story. Sorry to side track this thread, but it just reminded my of this.



  • @magicmarker That's a great story actually. Lesson learned. Make sure your DID works before you go publishing it on everything.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @coliver said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @emad-r said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Thinking about setting up FreePBX on Vultr for some family members. For right now my grandparents and parents. There both paying about $30/month for phone service. Anyone ever done this? Any thoughts? I'll use a analog voip gateway to connect all existing phones.

    Why setup FreePBX? You can get a similar experience from VoIP.ms directly if you want. It is more limited, but if you do not need all the features of the full FreePBX instance, just go that route.

    That said, I have FreePBX setup for the family.

    @aaronstuder @JaredBusch

    What is the best app you guys use or will use for Android phones for FreePBX, thanks.

    Zoiper is also on Android. That's what I had used in the past.

    As I do not have any Android device to try it on I cannot validate that my user was not doing something wrong.

    But I have had multiple users on Android try to use ZoIPer and have continual problems with connectivity.

    I used zoiper at mangocon on Android 2 years ago for JB's presentation. it worked fine.



  • @nerdydad said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @magicmarker That's a great story actually. Lesson learned. Make sure your DID works before you go publishing it on everything.

    No shit, right 😛

    damn.



  • @aaronstuder I was going to do this for my parents but then decided to go the Grandstream HT701 direct to voip.ms. Parents have a flaky internet connection so they're forever rebooting the damn ISP router. It's such a pain in the ass I'm almost regretting it. Make sure their internet connection can support voip otherwise you'll kick yourself.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @irj said in FreePBX for Family?:

    Is the magicjack still used?

    http://www.magicjack.com/

    Fuck that shit.

    lol! I personally dont want to be grandma and grandpa's tech support for a landline they dont need 🙂



  • @nashbrydges said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder I was going to do this for my parents but then decided to go the Grandstream HT701 direct to voip.ms. Parents have a flaky internet connection so they're forever rebooting the damn ISP router. It's such a pain in the ass I'm almost regretting it. Make sure their internet connection can support voip otherwise you'll kick yourself.

    bingo



  • What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?


  • @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?

    Extension to Extension is big for me. The whole family can call each other this way.



  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?

    Extension to Extension is big for me. The whole family can call each other this way.

    Except when you setup direct to VoIP.ms it is still ext to ext.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?

    Extension to Extension is big for me. The whole family can call each other this way.

    Except when you setup direct to VoIP.ms it is still ext to ext.

    Oh really? And you don't pay per extension?



  • @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?

    Extension to Extension is big for me. The whole family can call each other this way.

    Except when you setup direct to VoIP.ms it is still ext to ext.

    Oh really? And you don't pay per extension?

    They are just sub accounts.



  • @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @jaredbusch said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @scottalanmiller said in FreePBX for Family?:

    @aaronstuder said in FreePBX for Family?:

    What are some advantages to using FreePBX and not going direct to a VoIP provider?

    • SIP Provider Failover
    • Free Extension to Extension Calling
    • Maybe more Control? Voicemail, Call Forwarding, etc?

    Extension to Extension is big for me. The whole family can call each other this way.

    Except when you setup direct to VoIP.ms it is still ext to ext.

    Oh really? And you don't pay per extension?

    They are just sub accounts.

    Interesting. That's pretty handy.


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