Launch of Commercial PBX Endpoint Manager

January 23, 2013, Today we launch a major new product in the FreePBX ecosystem.  For the first time FreePBX will have a commercially supported and developed End Point Manager PBX End Point Manager allows administrators to auto configure and provision over 150 different devices from 15 different manufactures all from the FreePBX GUI interface.  FreePBX has always given you the Freedom to build your PBX with the devices you choose, Compared to the proprietary PBXs that support only their developers views of which devices are supported, now you can do it all easily directly in the FreePBX GUI.

The PBX End Point manager supports Desk Phones, Wireless Phones, Door Phones, Overhead Paging Devices, Gateways and Specialty devices from the following manufacturers: Aastra, Algo, AND, Audiocodes, Cisco, Cyberdata, Digium, Grandstream, Mitel, Panasonic, Polycom, Sangoma, Snom, Xorcom & Yealink.  For a complete list of supported phones and devices click here.

How Does it Work?

The EPM will allow you to create templates based on Brand and Model, these templates can then be applied to single users, or multiple devices to create configurations files that can then be provisioned by your choice of FTP, TFTP or HTTP (if supported by the device). Once your template is created if you need to make changes you can do so quickly using the drag and drop button assignments within the templates.  You can map your  template to a user and device on your network, and the system will load the config files onto your server, and auto provision the phone.  The module also allows you to control global settings such as internal and external IP’s, and provides for firmware management of your devices.

The initial Commercial Module release is classified as BETA, However Schmooze Com Inc has been using the Commercial EPM for over a year with their commercially supported PBXact platform.  Bug fixes will be pushed out on a weekly basis as they are reported.

What does it Cost?

The BETA PBX End Point Manager is being released at a license cost of only $25 per server.

How do I purchase it?

Instructions for purchasing and license the module can be found in the FreePBX Wiki- Purchasing Commercial Modules.
View the User Guide, Supported Devices & Sales Information – Free PBX Wiki End Point Manager

What about the OSS End Point Manager?

The free OSS End Point Manager is not going away, in fact the developer of the OSS End Point Manager has been hired by Schmooze Com Inc, and just recently fixed up the FreePBX dahdi config module, in fact he is even being paid to continue his work on the Free OSS Endpoint Manager as well as other core modules inside of FreePBX.  So the free one isn’t going anywhere.  But if you need a commercially supported endpoint manager that gets ongoing updates and support you should take a look at the Schmooze EPM.

“If you want an endpoint manager that is maintained by a developer who gets paid to maintain it then go with  the commercial version.  It’s far superior.  The free one will always be free and still gets updated.”

Andrew Nagy, Developer OSS Endpoint Manager


“Schmooze Com’s new EPM is hands down the best SIP device provisioning utility available today – I still can’t believe it’s only $25!”

Mike White, 8774e4voip.com

“For Asterisk and PBX in a Flash to continue to grow and meet the needs of a broader audience, we’ve simply got to integrate some parts of the puzzle better. I spent a long time in the commercial and government sector, and I continue to measure what we’re missing that would have caused me to balk at an Asterisk solution assuming it had been available in the Nortel days. This is one of the pieces where I think a commercial solution makes sense for a lot of folks because it’s addressing integration of commercial products anyway. Tony would be the first to tell you that I beat him up pretty badly on the pricing. This is as close to free as something like this can be… if you still want to eat! … $25 is a steal. To be honest, any corporate or government customer would laugh at the $25 pricing. This isn’t per phone. It’s per server. And, again, this takes nothing away from Andrew’s Herculean efforts with the open source Endpoint Manager. It’s certainly matured to the point that it can meet the needs of many in the VoIP community. Unfortunately, pure open source doesn’t keep the lights on for many of us so there’s just got to be a reality check and an appreciation that we all have families to feed… even though this still can be fun.”

Ward Mundy, Nerdvittles.com, PBX in a Flash

“The Commercial End Point Manager was written from the ground up and designed after years of feedback from users of our commercial PBXact product.  It is vastly different in how you use the product compared to the OSS End Point Manager.  Each of the devices we support we have in our offices and test against them so we have made a serious investment in the application and can provide real hardware support of devices.  We have full time developers dedicated just to supporting this module”

Tony Lewis, CEO Schmooze Com Inc

“We announced at Astricon  2012 that we would be launching our Commercially supported End Point Manager as a FreePBX commercial module.  During the session in which the announcement  was made I was covering our exhibit booth, before the rest of the Schmooze Team could make it back to the booth I was surrounded by a huge crowd of about 50 people asking about Commercial EPM, all ready to start using it that day. I spent the next several hours showing excited event attendees the capabilities of EPM, this is going to be a big thing for FreePBX”

Preston McNair, VP of Sales, Schmooze Com Inc

New Site Day 1 and Trac Update

Another quick update after the first day of operations..

As Tony pointed out (his blog repeated below) a lot of us worked over the weekend and in some cases all night to get the new site migrated! Kudos to them and the several contributors who have been spending countless hours over the last several weeks updating contents and getting some great documentation into the wiki! Go have a look…

When we came up this morning the ‘trac’ site was in a somewhat ugly ‘maintenance’ mode. We’ve now got it ‘limping along’ such that you should get logged into trac when you login to the site and logged back out again. Full functionality is not restored there and we could use some help if there is someone out there who has some experience with simple Drupal modules.

The module provides two main functions. It logs you into trac when you login to Drupal, and it provides the formatting in the forums so that if you use notation like #4312 it will be converted to a link to ticket 4312 in trace, as well as similar for SVN changesets. It also provides some user settings so you can indicate if you want trac to send you updates and where. Aside from the login/logoff functionality we have not gotten the rest working yet given the changes in the Drupal APIs.

IF YOU HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH DRUPAL MODULES, PLEASE GET IN CONTACT WITH US WE WOULD LOVE YOUR HELP GETTING THESE BACK WORKING!

For now, keep at the site, let us know what you think and we’ll be chugging along with lots of tweaks and smoothing out the rough edges.

HERE IS TONY’s Blog Repeated:

After 24 hours of non stop work by us we are going live with the new web site. This new website has been months of work and we hope the users enjoy it.

As we all know their will be a few days of getting use to things and us tweaking items that are still not 100% done.

One of the new features we are working daily on is an updated and easy to use wiki/documentation site. We encourage users to start using the new wiki and keep a watch on things as we keep adding new content over the next month. And if you would like to help get involved in writing documentation please contact myself through Private Message.

The one thing that is still not working is the trac site. We currently use trac for feature and bug tickets. We hope to have this back up and working in the next 24 hours.

Feel free to comment in the new Forum Section called Website and create forum post on any issues or suggestions in regards to the new website.

FreePBX Website is Back up

After 24 hours of non stop work by us we are going live with the new web site. This new website has been months of work and we hope the users enjoy it.

As we all know their will be a few days of getting use to things and us tweaking items that are still not 100% done.

One of the new features we are working daily on is an updated and easy to use wiki/documentation site. We encourage users to start using the new wiki and keep a watch on things as we keep adding new content over the next month. And if you would like to help get involved in writing documentation please contact myself through Private Message.

The one thing that is still not working is the trac site. We currently use trac for feature and bug tickets. We hope to have this back up and working in the next 24 hours.

Feel free to comment in the new Forum Section called Website and create forum post on any issues or suggestions in regards to the new website.

FreePBX Website Down for Upgrades

We have been informing users for a few months that we have been working on a new FreePBX website and update to the 6 plus year old Drupal we have been using. Tonight Sat Jan 12th and into Sun Jan 13th we will be migrating all the content to our new website.

What this means is while we transfer all the data to the new server the forums will be locked down from posting any content. You will still be able to view the forums and website during this time.

We will update everyone once this has been completed.

Thank You

FreePBX Dev Team