I use pbx in a flash with good results.  

From: Adair Winter 
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 7:03 PM
To: af@afmug.com 
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Best BPX to work with Unifi Phones

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. 


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


    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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