Tim Oppenheim
Standard Geek

Asterisk Last Time for Awhile

Gentle Readers,

I am finally declaring the Jobocowo phone system complete. Calls can be made and received reliably and everything works as intended with no surprises.

I would like to thanks the Academy...err wrong show. No, I would like the thank the folks at
PBX in a Flash for the awesome support. I blather profusely most times and the forum users are friendly and professional. I can hardily recommend PBIF for the great install, but also great community. Thanks Ward.

I am working my way through most of the FreePBX builds. My last one a TrixboxCE box and it is very straightforward also,

So, next project, finishing up this site. Spiffing up
clicks|digital site and building up our local advertising site.


Asterisk again and again

Well, I made the hopeful comment that I had completed my Asterisk box and it was working extremely well. Well, the IT gods would not let that stand.

It all started calmly. The recording I had made were in my voice and not very good. Lets just say my usual timbre is not conducive to 16 bit mono. So I cranked up speech on my Mac and using Alex, slightly compressed I made the main recording for the IVR. All is well and good, I uploaded and tried it. It failed every time after 20 seconds. So I had to redo everything to trace the fault. After a solid hour I determined it was my SipGate trunk. It was working great last week, now it’s failing after 20 seconds. No big deal I have a back up through Vitality.

Then the VOIP phone that I have connected at the house decided it didn’t want to work. I have spent about 6 hours diagnosing this issue and have finally called in help. I believe I have narrowed to sip_nat.conf but again it was working last week and I have made no changes.

The phone works great from our local network, it’s the greater Internet that’s broken.

Updates soon

Minor Victories

I say celebrate the small things and the bigs things will take care of themselves.

My PBX hack box I have at CoWorking needed to be rebuilt. I was trying to improve some latency issues I was having with a new WiFi IP phone I picked up and and I screwed it up somehow. Generally I ma really good at undoing something that didn’t quite work, but this time it was no-go.

I made the decision to wipe the drive and reinstall. Now generally for me this is usually the last resort, but since it’s just my play and demo unit it wasn’t such a big issue. I started two days ago and did the whole deal. I had some weird problems with DNS that I settled this morning and this evening finished up.

TADA... I have the box upgrade to latest CentOS, Latest FreePBX. I have it publicly facing the Internet and have the new WiFi phone accessing it properly. Win, Win, Win. I love it when a plan comes together. Tomorrow I will rebuild the IVR and we will be good to go

Phone Gaffs

I love Asterisk, FreePBX, and Open Source, but sometimes things are just so obtuse and you have to dig so deep, it makes you wish for something else. Read More...