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Secure FreePBX ChanSpy

By default, ChanSpy is enabled, and can be used by anyone, yes, anyone, who is logged in to a FreePBX system.

ChanSpy is exactly that, it allows you to spy on other calls, this is a supervisor function, but Sangoma do not allow you to configure a password out of the box to secure it within FreePBX, instead, they want to sell you a commercial module (class of service) that in Australia, is about $145, that will apparently allow you to set one, they do not care about your privacy breaches, after all it's YOU that will be prosecuted, not Sangoma, it amazes me Sangoma wont take action, or, never protected it in the first place when this gaping invasion of privacy was first brought to their attention - several years ago going by their forums.

But fear not, if ChanSpy is enabled on your system and you can't disable it, there is a free 10 second fix.

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Aussie Broadband SIP With FreePBX

   

Configuring FreePBX to use a VoIP provider is usually simple and quick, but sometimes there's always one of the bunch that wants to be different in how they expect you to configure your Trunk, and Aussie Broadband (affectionately known as ABB) is one of them.

With ABB doing things differently, you'll find the usual way of setting up a SIP trunk in FreePBX wont work, and you'll probably go half insane trying to work out why, and if you google around, you'll find a few blogs and forums posts suggesting do this, do that, but it still doesn't work, because most of those posts are outdated or just never worked, wow image that, the internet offering advice that doesn't work hehe, so I'm going to provide you with the workable way as of Feb 2021.

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From TPG to ABB

TPG and ABB (Aussie Broadband) need no introduction, but the shite way one of them does business and treats its customers is the chalk to the others cheese.

Long time readers and visitors to this blog, or one of the ausics.net websites, including ZoneCheck and our usenet service, would be well aware of the frustrations and problems with TPG. I took up that service in 2010 as a static-IP account, yet after 6 years or so, TPG forgot the meaning of static-IP plans and changed our IP - without notice, not once, but three times, ignoring my complaints for my plan which even on the last day of my service when I confirmed closure of my account with them in October 2020 still said static-IP plan with rDNS.

This got even more frustrating in early 2020 as you're about to find out.

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OnPrem SIP Trunking or Hosted PBX

To Host or not to Host - That is the question. Since the time SIP was commercialised, there has been a religious war raging, a fierce war with two staunch opponents - On-Prem (on-site) PBXers, and Hosted (off-site) PBXers.

There are benefits to both methods, it depends on how many channels and features you want (remember, in the world of VoIP, channels = lines), and how you are going to use them. If you run your local takeaway, then you could get away with a couple of channels, and a Hosted PBX solution would work fine if you don't need anything more than very basic PBX features, but if you need advanced features, unlimited voicemail storage, have more than a couple employees, have an attached warehouse, large office space, or your business is on multiple floors, then having your own local PBX phone system on-site makes much more sense.

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CounterPaths Unacceptable Move

As the new decade rolls around, CounterPath, the developers of the popular VoIP softphone X-Lite, have decided to force everyone off and onto their Bria platform, previously for commercial users, but now for everyone, if you try to run X-lite, you'll get an error telling you its now End Of Life and to pop over to CounterPaths website and download Bria Solo Free which is free for home and non-commercial use, and claim is a direct replacement for X-Lite.

So you're probably wondering yeah, ummm, soooo, what the hell is wrong with that?
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