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Topic # 30020 27-Jan-2009 08:15
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Hi guys,

I presently have vanilla asterisk sitting on my home server behind a netgear adsl router. Being only half-geek I only got this setup working to the 90% level. I have a home phone sitting on a Patton MATA1 which was apparently not designed for continuous operation since it requires a reset every day or two. RTP occasionally doesn't make it through the NAT leaving me or the other party without sound (especially frustrating for the non-geeks calling the house used to near-perfect phone service).

Anyway, since I've lost interest in Asterisks multitude of config files and tracing raw SIP messages, I've been looking at replacing my VOIP setup with a VFX approved WAG310G. (I'd much rather get an AVM Fritzbox)

However there are a couple 'features' of my present setup I'd like to keep.

1. I have my POTS phone and a softphone both set to ring/call-out on my VFX SIP account. The softphone is something I use a lot while working.
2. I have a USA DDI which get's relayed to my Asterisk server. My mum would be dissapointed if she could no longer call me using a cheap and easy local number.

So, can the WAG310G + VFX be configured to do the above?


Cheers,

Hauptmech

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  Reply # 192212 27-Jan-2009 08:56
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You will not have the ability to use a softphone if you move to VFX. The only way to integrate another VoIP providers's DDI will be to hook it up to the 2nd port on the WAG which will mean you have 2 phones. 1 for VFX and 1 for USA DDI.

Assuming it's just a Patton M-ATA you have I'm surprised you are having issues. I've only heard good things about these. Why are you having NAT issues with this if it's sitting at home behind your router along with the Asterisk box? It sounds more like a NAT issue with Asterisk and/or your router.





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  Reply # 192219 27-Jan-2009 09:51
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What "style" of Asterisk are you using?  With Trixbox for example, I have been able to create a very workable solution without touching any of the config files. Trixbox manages all of that for you and presents a quite friendly user interface isolating you from config files especially the latest v2.6 of Trixbox.

Cheers Mike



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  Reply # 192242 27-Jan-2009 12:16
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Sbiddle, The Patton M-ATA seems like a good device. Very configurable.  No NAT issues with this ATA since it talks directly to my Asterisk server. It just hangs after a day or two of continuous up time. It's temperature is fine so I figured it was a memory leak doing it's thing.

From your description of how I'd have to set things up it sounds like there are no PBX type features. Sad. I might have to go find some help in getting my asterisk install the last 10% done. Is your asterisk system behind a NAT? If so have you been able to eliminate SIP-RTP/NAT issues?

mruane, I'm using vanilla asterisk (plus a g.729 license). ie I downloaded the code from digium and compiled it. I've got a modest home server that fills a lot of roles and using full system install like trixbox wasn't an option. I tried one of the html config interfaces but ended up feeling more comfortable with the command line.

Thanks for the info guys!

Hauptmech

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  Reply # 192281 27-Jan-2009 14:56
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hauptmech:

Sbiddle, The Patton M-ATA seems like a good device. Very configurable.  No NAT issues with this ATA since it talks directly to my Asterisk server. It just hangs after a day or two of continuous up time. It's temperature is fine so I figured it was a memory leak doing it's thing.


Thats not my idea of a "good device"   Do you want to borrow a grandstream ATA I have spare and see if thats more suitable?

hauptmech: I'm using vanilla asterisk (plus a g.729 license). ie I downloaded the code from digium and compiled it. I've got a modest home server that fills a lot of roles and using full system install like trixbox wasn't an option. I tried one of the html config interfaces but ended up feeling more comfortable with the command line.


I understand loving the command line and for fancy things I still do that with asterisk (mainly related to testing at home before I try it on our office(s) servers. But honestly something like freepbx (which bolts right onto asterisk) makes changes so easy especially for a SOHO setup.  It will run on anything I run asterisk + FreePBX + lighttpd on what is basically a NAS unit  and it still does everything else including nightly rsync backups, samba server, vpn server etc... so I think you will be fine with FreePBX. Only bummer is because its an ARM cpu I cant use g729 licenses :(

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