I programmed phone systems for almost 6 years as a career. Touched lots of
different systems and I'd take the gui on freepbx any day over programming
from a phone.  It's probably the equivalent of cli vs gui to us networking
guys.

I do wish freepbx was better laid out and more modules were linked
together. But like anything, once you learn it, it's easy.

The thing I'm constantly amazed at is the same (and more really) features I
can get out of freepbx would cost someone $20-30k to have installed in the
telecom world (assuming 30-40 phones).  Freepbx cost us less than $5k.
(phones & freepbx licensing. We have about 30 phones). And I honestly feel
like I have more flexibility than any traditional tdm pbx.
Most other commercial voip products like, vertical wave, shoretel, zultys,
NEC, avaya, Cisco, etc are good and probably just as flexible as freepbx
but cost the same as traditional systems if not more.

I think it boils down to if you are willing to learn on your own or you
need someone to do it for you.

Adair



On Aug 9, 2017 7:46 PM, "Nathan Anderson" <nath...@fsr.com> wrote:

> Personally, I agree with you on FreePBX.  For a PBX GUI, what I want to
> see is something that someone other than the original installer can
> navigate and manipulate.  Asterisk-GUI is somewhat inflexible (no plug-ins,
> so if there isn't a way to do what you want in the GUI, you still have to
> dive into the .conf files) and is largely deprecated now by Digium anyway,
> but at least the functionality it does present is presented in a
> straightforward manner that (I think) makes sense.  I can get around
> FreePBX myself just fine, but it feels more like what I would expect a GUI
> for Asterisk to look like if someone just decided to wrap a web interface
> around the Asterisk text configuration files...the design of it feels lazy
> to me.  Instead of just being familiar with general PBXisms, a user has to
> actually know Asteriskisms to get around in FreePBX (or at least it did the
> last time I played with it, which admittedly was several years ago).
>
>
>
> -- Nathan
>
>
>
> *From:* Af [mailto:af-boun...@afmug.com] *On Behalf Of *Adam Moffett
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 09, 2017 2:00 PM
> *To:* af@afmug.com
> *Subject:* Re: [AFMUG] Best BPX to work with Unifi Phones
>
>
>
> I don't care for FreePBX.  I think it makes certain hard tasks easy, but
> then makes tasks hard which were easy in vanilla Asterisk.
>
> The provisioning plugin is really nice as long as your phones are
> supported.
>
>
>
> Maybe the simplest thing would be one of those cloud based systems where
> they do everything for you.  You'll pay something recurring per phone, but
> all the hard parts are someone else's problem.  You'd have no problem being
> up in 2 days, let alone 2 weeks.
>
>
>
> Second simplest is configure the phones individually with their web page
> (or whatever --I haven't used unifi phones) and buy an appliance with some
> tech support included.  As an example, Adtran Total Access 904 can be a SIP
> server for your VoIP extensions, and supports SIP, analog, or T1/PRI for
> your incoming lines.  There are certainly Asterisk appliances as well.  I
> think you'll also find that most PBX vendors support VoIP now...they'd be
> stupid not to right?  You might pay for support, or maybe you'll get some
> post sale support for free, but either way somebody helps you with anything
> you're stuck on.
>
>
>
> Third simplest is PBX in a Flash or similar Asterisk+FreePBX
> distribution.  You'll have the least capital invested, and the most labor.
>
>
>
> Least simple: Vanilla Asterisk isn't so hard once you get some practice
> with it and as long as you have time to learn and experiment.
>
>
>
> My 2c
>
>
>
> ------ Original Message ------
>
> From: "Josh Reynolds" <j...@kyneticwifi.com>
>
> To: af@afmug.com
>
> Sent: 8/9/2017 4:27:36 PM
>
> Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Best BPX to work with Unifi Phones
>
>
>
> PBX.
>
>
>
> Simple? VoIP is not simple. FreePBX is as simple as it gets, and it's only
> simple because it is limiting.
>
>
>
> For provisioning you will need a tftp server, the ability to set DHCP
> options, and a basic grasp of XML.
>
>
>
> On Aug 9, 2017 2:35 PM, "Timothy Steele" <timothy.pct...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Anyone Working With Unifi Phones?
>
>
>
> going to island of Palau to re do a network and VOIP System if they do not
> get Bombed by north Korea first :( but anyway is there like a super simple
> BPX out there to connect with unifi phones would only have 2 weeks to get
> this all done soo looking for easy lol
>
>

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