UniFi Controller Installation on Vultr

Vultr is a great hosting platform that is very similar to Digital Ocean.  I have heard a lot of really good reviews from folks who use Vultr for their production systems, so I set out to create a full set of instructions for the installation of a Vultr-hosted UniFi Controller running on Ubuntu 16.04. The first thing to do is …

FreePBX ISO Install on Vultr

Vultr is a great hosting platform that is very similar to Digital Ocean, except they allow for easy uploading of ISO files for installing distributions such as FreePBX.  You can install FreePBX from scratch on any hosted platform, however using the official FreePBX ISO also provides access to Sangoma’s commercial modules which can greatly improve the featureset and administration of …

Long Range Dead Drop

This was a fun project.  I recently ran across a YouTube video from a channel that I really like – the Cyber Weapons Lab, aka Null Byte.  In this video, they discuss how to set up a Raspberry Pi as a dead drop using a downloadable Raspberry Pi image called PirateBox.  A dead drop, in espionage terms is a method …

Solar Powered WiFi Part 3 – Companion Guide

This companion guide contains a detailed diagram as well as a parts list for everything that I used in my Solar Powered WiFi Part 3 video on YouTube. Wiring Diagram Parts List Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline solar panel:  http://geni.us/I4UObxA Renogy pole mounting bracket:  http://geni.us/eadR0 Altelix Pole Mount NEMA enclosure 14x11x5:  http://geni.us/2HUSO 12V deep cycle battery:  Buy locally! 12 Gauge Fuses: …

Let’s Encrypt UniFi

How To Install a Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate on UniFi Let’s Encrypt allows you to have a FREE signed SSL certificate on your UniFi Controller without having to spend any money.  When done correctly, the Let’s Encrypt certificate will continuously renew, and you will no longer have any security warnings in the browser bugging you about insecure HTTPS. This article …

Secure UniFi Controller

Ubiquiti’s UniFi Controller is an excellent way to deploy and manage home and SMB networks.  If you have multiple networks (sites) to manage, having your UniFi controller hosted in the cloud is recommended for easy centralized control of your UniFi devices.  Having UniFi in the cloud however poses some security risks and challenges that should be addressed as soon as …

UniFi Video User Guide

UniFi Video User Guide

To log into UniFi Video, you will need the IP address (example: 192.168.1.100) or Fully Qualified Domain Name (aka FQDN, example:  cameras.companyname.com).   Open up Google Chrome and enter in the following: https://[IP or FQDN]:7443 For example, if your IP address is 192.168.1.100, you would use: https://192.168.1.100:7443 If your FQDN is cameras.companyname.com, you would use: https://cameras.companyname.com:7443 ***NOTE:  The IP address …

15 Minute Hosted UniFi Controller Setup

UniFi is a spectacular networking platform – typically, the controller is on the LAN, but it can really be hosted anywhere. This guide will show you how to set up a Digital Ocean hosted UniFi Controller in about 15 minutes. 1.  Create Digital Ocean Droplet Digital Ocean is a super easy virtual server platform.  They make it extremely easy to …

Send Telemarketers to Hell

Send Telemarketers to Hell

Telemarketers are the Devil! We all know the pain that comes from picking up the phone to hear a telemarketer reading off of a script trying to sell you something.  FreePBX allows you to block telemarketers by including a Blacklist module that can redirect blacklisted caller ID’s to a pre-set destination such as Lenny.  The problem with the Blacklist module …

FreePBX Polycom Directory Automation

Creating a FreePBX Polycom directory for all of your users can be a frustrating and manual process.  The goal of this article is to make that process much much easier.  Once complete, you should have a central directory in all of your Polycom phones that shows all other employee extensions, and that central directory will update hourly from FreePBX’s database. …