Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Your VoIP Your Way With Blue.Box At 2600Hz.org

Your VoIP Your Way With BlueBox http://snapvoip.blogspot.com/
I just came across an Open Source VoIP IP Telephony initiative, that look to me very promising. Blue.Box is a configuration and management software utilizing the FreeSWITCH and Asterisk switching libraries. Blue.Box supports multi-tenancy, and supports database and file replication to scale up to thousands of registered devices and simultaneous phone calls. Blue.Box is equally geared to operate in the cloud or on the premise.
Operating under 2600Hz.org, (see below for an explanation of 2600Hz and the connection to the blue.box) the Open Source initiative brings together FreeSWITCH, Asterisk and YATE switching libraries currently centered around blue.box project. They also have other software such as;
Nibble Billing – FreeSWITCH module for simple real-time per-minute billing
Asterisk AMI Class – Simple Interface for Asterisk AMI from anywhere
Package Manager – Karl Anderson’s PHP package management system
Doctrine Polymorphic Modules – Dynamically attach and remove model relations in Doctrine
But it seems they are still in the preparation.
The blue.box is available to download as a ready build ISO, Blue.Box 1.0.1, as RPMs for CentOS, Redhat and Fedora Linux distributions. Source is also available via git.
If you download the ISO be watchful. It is not a live CD, the CentOS based ISO is set up for unattended installation and will format your hard drive and partition automatically before installing the software distribution. You might lose your OS and other software on the computer..
The Blue.Box ISO comes with: CentOS 5.5 x86_64, FreeSWITCH 1.06, FreeSWITCH Sound files, Blue.Box 1.0, Apache 2.2.3, MySQL 5.1.46, and PHP 5.3.2.

The 2600hz and the blue.box project

The 2600Hz and the Blue Box;
2600hz is a frequency that long distance carrier switching equipment formerly used to signal when a long-distance telephone line was not currently in use. It was an important signaling technology in the 60s and 70s. Certain people developed a way to use a device, known as a “blue box”, to generate a 2600 Hz tone on a line that was already in use, tricking the phone company to allow free phone calls to be made by bypassing billing systems when spinning up a new call. More important, however, it was one of the first times that individuals were able to manipulate the telephone system in such a way as to gain direct access to core signaling systems.

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