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Longing for the good old days of Asterisk@Home? Welcome back to the steroid-enhanced version. PBX in a Flash 3.0 is the latest Lean, Mean Asterisk Machine, a high-performance, turnkey Asterisk PBX that's easy to upgrade. Features include CentOS/SL 6.5 support and your choice of Asterisk 11, 12, or 13 with FreePBX 2.11 or 12. All versions support Google Voice for free calling throughout the U.S. and Canada if available from Google. 32-bit and 64-bit OS supported as well as a number of virtual machines including VirtualBox and VMware appliances. Add-ons include one-click installs of Incredible PBX, Incredible Fax, and many other Asterisk utilities.
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One of the best ways to get a phone system up and running within an hour (which includes the install time for the OS and PiaF packages). With literally 15 minutes of configuration from the end of install, I have a fully functional multi-line phone system with conferencing and caller queues, whatever music-on-hold I want, the list goes on. I will admit, though - the nerdvittles site, while a trove of knowledge and my first go-to source for VOIP tech, can be confusing with all the different versions of the installation techniques, add-on packages, security steps and so on. Some of the old pages are still relevant and linked to from the newer articles but they have links to old pages that aren't, etc. I wish Ward would cull out some of the older stuff, but with a site that's updated so much over the last 10 years, it's obviously difficult. I would suggest newer users choose the latest instruction set (the first one you find while scrolling down the home page, and there is always at least one) and not wander too far off that post. There really is no reason for a person without GNU/Linux and networking knowledge needing to set up Travelin' Man, port knocking, or other advanced topics. If you need this, hire someone to get it done or learn how to work it via CLI. One other thing is support. It's a free phone system that is amazingly complex under the hood. The support forum can be hit or miss. Much you find there is useful but I've had some posts get none or almost no answers that simply went unresolved. I understand, though, that this is a courtesy put forward by the PiaF crew and in the past when it's happened I just reinstall, follow the instructions again, and it's always worked out in the end. Other than that, DONATE! Not that I think they're hurting per say but wow - what you get for your money is truly astonishing. If nothing else, they deserve money just for the security updates they graciously research, develop and give away for free. KUDOS and THANKS to the Piaf crew!
It is not good. It is the BEST ! Thanks all PIAF guys.
bill-777-777, you warm my heart. When I have to deal with whiny customers complaining about quality and cost I'll think about you and tell myself that you can't even give great stuff away without someone like you throwing a fit. PIAF is amazing. I downloaded a version years ago and my "orgasmatron" has worked wonders for my business. To make it work I manned up and downloaded the entire Asterisk Without Tears and I read it. It took work but I did it and I'm sure it saved me thousands of dollars. The only valid complaint one could have with the Nerd Viddles site is that there is so much information it can take time to sift through it all. On the flip side, you'll find everything you need right there if you do the work and read. 5 stars for PIAF and no stars for people who'd rather complain than do a little work.
Based on all the positive reviews, I had high hopes for PIAF...The Virtualbox and Linux parts were easy...my problem was that none of the PIAF documentation matched anything I was seeing in the Web interface. It was really aggravating. It looked simple enough in the PIAF docs, but every time I'd actually try to do something, the option I needed missing in the PIAF interface. A "5 minute setup" turned into two days of wasted time. Setting a static IP seemed simple enough, until I discovered that option had been removed. This happened over and over again. Also, it appears that the positive impression i got was largely a "creation" of Nerd Vittles. They are actively "managing" the comments in their favor. All of my post regarding the inaccurate documentation and my frustrations were removed. Apparently, comments only get approved if you have some thing positive to say...
One of the best pbx: has all built in!