Snom Endpoints Certified for FreePBX

The FreePBX EcoSystem continues to grow with the addition of Snom Technology as our newest Certified Hardware Partner.

This certification means the FreePBX Project engineering and development teams have tested Snom endpoints for functionality and usability within the FreePBX platform and EndPoint Manager.

Frederic Dickey, Sangoma Technologies VP of Marketing, stated: “FreePBX is all about freedom of choice for business communications systems. The addition of Snom’s phones to the list of supported endpoints in the EndPoint Manager module confirms our approach to the market. EndPoint Manager enables easy provisioning and management of supported endpoints directly from within the FreePBX Administrative GUI, saving a great deal of time in the implementation of systems.”

The FreePBX Certified EcoSystem Product Program enables end users and systems integrators to identify products and solutions that are interoperable with FreePBX. Through achieving certification, Snom has demonstrated a willingness to work closely with the FreePBX Project to give our shared end users and partners access to a wide range of officially supported endpoints.

Snom Press Release: https://www.snom.com/press/snom-ip-telephones-certified-full-interoperability

Introducing the edge track

Starting with FreePBX Framework 13.0.96 we are improving our release process to make things more stable.  Currently we update modules fairly regularly. It is our goal to get fixes to the users as fast and easy as possible.  We are consistently closing out bugs as they are reported and closing out bugs from our backlog.  Our full time development team is always working to improve the user experience with FreePBX. These updates can be a blessing or a curse.  While it is good to be such an active project, having daily updates on your PBX can be a hassle.  

Starting with this release, modules will be released into an “edge” track.  For those who want every update as they happen you can enable the edge track and the modules will come in as they do now.  This is a great idea for your test or development environments.

For production systems the updates will be on a scheduled release.  With the exception of Security releases stable module releases will happen Every Tuesday. Once a module meets the time and testing requirements to be released from edge status they will be promoted as scheduled.  This will give administrators a predictable and regular update process they may implement.  

If you would like to set a server running FreePBX Framework 13.0.96 or newer to Edge mode go to “Advanced settings and set “Set Module Admin to Edge mode” to “Yes”.

Note all users will benefit from this new process even without updating as all FreePBX installs use the stable repository by default.

Currently Framework 13.0.96 is released under Beta in module admin. Switch framework to the Beta track to try out edge mode as modules become available.

 

If you find any bugs please let us know at http://issues.freepbx.org

 

Thank you for using FreePBX!

Sangoma Launches New IP Phones Designed for FreePBX and PBXact

Zero Touch installation makes phones easy to provision

Today we are announcing the launch of a new family of IP phones. Designed exclusively for use with FreePBX and PBXact and featuring Sangoma’s Zero Touch technology, which means they connect and operate quickly and easily, right out of the box.

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The product line includes the entry-level s300, mid-range s500, and the s700 for the most demanding business environment. Each phone in the three model series features Power over Ethernet (PoE), so no power cable or outlets are required. They have full duplex speakerphones, dual Ethernet Ports, multi-way conference calling, high definition voice, and have built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) capabilities.

“VoIP telephones can be complex to install, and manually configuring many different parameters with dozens or hundreds of extensions can take hours,” says Bill Wignall, President and CEO of Sangoma. “With Sangoma’s unique Zero Touch installation there is no complexity, since phones connect automatically with Sangoma’s PBX solutions and can be used as soon as they are plugged into the network. Zero touch provisioning saves customers significant time, frustration and money.”

When customers buy and install any of these Sangoma phones, the redirection server automatically sends the phone line to the Sangoma Private Branch eXchange (PBX) for configuration. Other vendors have redirection servers, but they have to be pre-programmed with the IP PBX.

Sangoma’s PBX solutions are available in two versions. FreePBX, an open source variant and as the PBXact brand, a commercial version. Both are available as software or can be pre-installed on telecom appliances. Only Sangoma can provide Zero Touch provisioning with FreePBX and PBXact.

Each phone also comes integrated with Sangoma EndPoint Manager Software. The software enables users to control global settings, program phone keys, map extensions to MAC addresses and templates, upload images, download new firmware, and scan the network for non-provisioned phones. Sangoma phones also feature Plug and Play deployment; native VPN for secure connections; phone and user management from the PBX control panel; and soft key functions like call flow management, queue management, presence, etc. Since the VPN client software is included with the phone, remote users can easily and securely access an office-based PBX. There’s no need for a VPN router at the remote or home office location. The system also traverses firewalls automatically.

Once Sangoma’s phones are installed, users can control advanced features directly from the phone. There’s no need to remember feature codes. There’s also no need to log in to the PBX panel to control the feature set.

User applications include: Call Parking, Follow Me, Do Not Disturb, Conference Rooms, Call Forwarding, Time Conditions, Presence, Queues, Queue Agents, Transfer to Voice Mail, Visual Voice Mail, and Log in/out.

Other model-specific features and prices include:

 

Sangoma s300 Phone

s300

2 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Accounts, dual Ethernet capability, headset compatible and an MSRP of $89 (USD).

Sangoma s500 Phone

s500

4 SIP accounts, a 3.5 inch full color display, 28 programmable soft keys, headset compatible, dual gigabit Ethernet capability and an MSRP of $149.

Sangoma s700 Phone

s700

Featuring 6 SIP Accounts, a 4.3 inch full color display, 45 programmable soft keys, headset compatible, dual gigabit Ethernet capability and an MSRP of $229.

 

Accessories such as headset adapters and power supply units (for networks without PoE) are also available. All Sangoma telephones come with a 1-year warranty and extended warranties are also available.

With this new line of smart VoIP phones, Sangoma can provide all the appliances, software and functionality a business needs for a sophisticated IP and Unified Communications system.

Sangoma is taking orders now for delivery in March 2016. You can purchase directly from one of the company’s stocking channel partners, or from within the Sangoma Portal.

Learn More about our New Phones.

 

Happy New Year, FreePBX 13 out of RC

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2015 was a great year for FreePBX with over 6,300 commits from 50 contributors. Through the contributions of the community and with the strong backing of Sangoma, FreePBX has made great strides to being the best PBX platform and a great open source project.   

 

We started working on FreePBX 13 over a year ago and have touched almost every aspect of the GUI. We have also made great strides in the internal plumbing.  We have made FreePBX faster and more secure.   Internally we have been “dogfooding” FreePBX 13 and from a development standpoint we have treated it as release.  We have watched the adoption of FreePBX 13 grow to over 11,000 installs and have caught and fixed many small edge case bugs.  We are happy to remove the RC badge and make FreePBX 13 officially stable.  Users running FreePBX 13 don’t need to do anything. Users of FreePBX 12 can use the FreePBX Upgrade tool to update to FreePBX 13 automatically.

As adoption grows there may be things we missed. If you find any issues please open a bug at http://issues.freepbx.org.

Thank you for using FreePBX and we look forward to what develops through 2016

Yealink Endpoints now Certified for FreePBX

As part of our ongoing efforts to expand the FreePBX EcoSystem we are happy to announce that Yealink has completed the Certification process to become a Certified Hardware Partner and included in the FreePBX EcoSystem Program.

Certification means that Yealink and The FreePBX Project engineering and development team now have a direct relationship and are work together to ensure that our shared end users and partners that wish to utilize Yealink devices when building their communications platforms have assurances that Yealink endpoints have been tested and provide great functionality and usability within the FreePBX Platform.

Certification also means that Yealink phones that have been submitted for Interoperability Testing are now officially supported within the FreePBX EndPoint Manager.  EndPoint Manager support allows easy provisioning and management of supported endpoints directly from within the FreePBX Administrative GUI.  In addition many Yealink phones also are now listed as a supported devices for running the popular FreePBX Phone Apps.  Phone Apps integrate FreePBX features and calling functions directly within the supported phones interface.  This integration allows enhanced usability and functionality for end users deploying FreePBX Communications Systems.

“With FreePBX, the world’s most popular open source PBX, Sangoma delivers a platform that allows organizations to build communications solutions to fit their needs,” said Preston McNair, Vice President of Sales at Sangoma. “By extending our relationship with Yealink, we are building on a collaborative alliance of Certified Hardware and Software Partners, that have been instrumental in the adoption of FreePBX worldwide and have delivered on the promise of an open standards-based UC solution for businesses of all sizes.”

“We at Yealink are pleased to see deepened cooperation with FreePBX through our expanded FreePBX-supported phone array,” said Stone Lu, Vice President of Yealink. “Our relationship with FreePBX reflects our consistent pursuit of the broadest possible compatibility and reliable yet flexible VoIP solutions,” he added. “We look forward to future cooperation with FreePBX as we jointly promote our solutions worldwide.”