These days, the way to go if you are picking a new telephone system is a system based upon Asterisk, which is open-source software providing a PBX for SIP telephones service. If you have a legacy telephone system, it may make sense to retire the legacy system and to move to a SIP-based system. I will explain. Continue reading
Recently I blogged with a recommendation that readers migrate their $40 or $55 per month landlines to VOIP lines that cost as little as 85¢ per month. In response, alert reader and Portuguese and European patent attorney Luís Ferreira asked:
What about security? SIP communications are not normally encrypted?
His questions are good questions. Here are a few partial answers.
We reduced our firm’s $160 per month phone bill for four telephone lines to 85¢ per month. Continue reading
If you are going to use VOIP (which probably you should do, since it is the wave of the future), you might need one or more ATAs (analog telephone adapters). If so, this article offers my recommendation of which one to pick.
The landscape for VPN routers has changed over the years. As of a few years ago, sophisticated VPN routers with IPSEC were ethernet-only. Continue reading
Okay folks here is a chance to win a free digital multimeter.
What prompts this is that I keep hearing a particular music-on-hold (MOH) song on lots of different tech support and customer service systems. So I figure this song is probably one of the standard royalty-free MOH songs that comes with the Asterisk phone system or something. You can hear the song here.
To win the prize, post a comment with a link to the web page where this particular MOH song can be downloaded.
I’ve worked out how to host multiple WordPress sites on a single Synology box. You can read the how-to article here. Please post comments and suggestions and corrections in the comments below.
I just learned that today is World Backup Day. I’ll describe the no-monthly-charge backup system that I recommend nowadays to everybody. Continue reading
When I started my law firm (almost 25 years ago now), the connection from a UPS (uninterruptible power supply or “battery backup”) to a server was by means of a 9-pin RS-232 serial cable. The signals were simple binary values — power fail, low battery, and UPS shutdown.
Nowadays the connection from a UPS to a server is smarter, as I will describe. Continue reading
Here’s a nice home-improvement project — installing some USB receptacles around the house. You’ve used outlets like this in hotels and airports. Why not enjoy the convenience of such outlets in your own home?