New Plugin: FreePBX

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:45 pm
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New Plugin: FreePBX

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"Control your Asterisk based FreePBX phone system with Indigo!

In case you never heard of FreePBX it is a completely free full featured PBX that will run on just about any old computer you have sitting around and is more full featured than most $15,000 professional phone systems (PBX's) out there."

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Introduction

This new plugin gives you control over your FreePBX phone system from Indigo. While this is an ongoing development project and many more features are planned, right now the plugin will allow you to control your Do Not Disturb, Call Forwarding and Call Flow features on FreePBX so long as you install the RestAPI module.

I don't know how many Indigo users use FreePBX but I have used it and Asterisk for my home and businesses for many years and have always wanted to have a good API into it. Their documentation is vapor so I've had to really dig through the source of FreePBX to get this working and it's nice to finally have this functionality.

If you haven't ever looked at FreePBX for your house I would highly recommend you do, it's a fantastic way to control your home phone system and gives you infinite control and capabilities. Once you add a few SIP lines to your normal inbound POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) lines that you likely have now then you have super robust multi lined phone system for your home. Pair this with the Twilio plugin (Twilio can be your SIP line provider if you want) and you really get an amazing tool for your Home Automation.

If you have general FreePBX questions I can probably answer a good deal of those, I've used and supported it for ages.

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:56 pm
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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX (Beta)

You still have a POTS line to your house? How 20th Century of you. :shock:

But thanks for the Twilio plug. ;)

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:59 pm
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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX (Beta)

FlyingDiver wrote:
You still have a POTS line to your house? How 20th Century of you. :shock:

Well, sort of, I have Xfinity phone service because SIP isn't always spot on, sometimes there are jitters and if the other side has problems I can call them back on that. Plus if the Internet goes down then most of the time the phone line is still up.

I actually didn't for the longest time, I was on Vonage from the time the started up until they went far south, I've only had "POTS" (not really, Xfinity is digital) for a couple years.

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:00 pm
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Oh, and I LOVE Twilio, it's a great SIP service and your plugin is most amazing to use with it. I haven't done too much with it but it's certainly on the map.

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:01 pm
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Colorado4Wheeler wrote:
Oh, and I LOVE Twilio, it's a great SIP service and your plugin is most amazing to use with it. I haven't done too much with it but it's certainly on the map.


Feature requests always welcome.

I keep meaning to dig into the API more. I keep thinking there might be a way to create Studio flows or Functions via the API, so users wouldn't need to use the Twilio Dashboard to set complex things up.

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:03 pm
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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX (Beta)

Colorado4Wheeler wrote:
I actually didn't for the longest time, I was on Vonage from the time the started up until they went far south, I've only had "POTS" (not really, Xfinity is digital) for a couple years.


We used Vonage when we moved from VA to CA in '04. Ported our VA number to Vonage, and my wife's customers in VA just kept calling the same number they used before. Kept it until we went full-time in the RV in '08 (including a move to TX). But since '04 we've been cell phone only.

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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX (Beta)

FlyingDiver wrote:
I keep meaning to dig into the API more. I keep thinking there might be a way to create Studio flows or Functions via the API, so users wouldn't need to use the Twilio Dashboard to set complex things up.

I wouldn't do that, the Twilio Studio dashboard is pretty good IMO. In fact, aren't I the one who recommended that to you as a feature request on Twilio? :wink:

You could use the studio to build a "PBX" IVR, but it's not very robust. FreePBX can be set up on a 15 year old computer and run beautifully and give you all sorts of functionality.

If my cell service was better I would consider going cell only because I can pipe my cell through FreePBX too, but for some reason my property is an AT&T dead zone and I don't like the other providers so.... POTS and SIP ;)

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Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:28 pm
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Wow -- that's pretty cool. Never heard of FreePBX before.

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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX (Beta)

Cool, I looked at *pbx couple of years ago.

Time to look again.


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Re: New Plugin: FreePBX

Out of beta, version 1.0.0 has been submitted to the plugin store and is suitable for public consumption.

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