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An out of the normal Customer request

and how we solved it:

We were approached by one of our customers who provides support services to travellers and global companies who had a client that provides maritime engineering services world wide and required an emergency helpline that “followed the sun” 

Detailed Specification

A single number that called dependant on time the on call support staff.

The calls cannot go to users Voicemail.

The staff members are to be notified by email that the call was taken and who took it.

If the on call staff do not answer the call it is forwarded to our clients call centre.

On completion of the call a copy of the recording in mp3 format is emailed to the on call staff.

Solution.

Our customer uses FreePBX so the core of the project is the use of the Queue application but with some custom dial plan and scripts to exploit and enhance features that are not exposed, 

The inbound numbers destination is a “custom destination” that first sends it to some custom dial plan explained later and then to the “Call Flow Control” application to allow the system to be overridden, It is then sent to the “Time Conditions” application that uses UTC as its time zone to over come issues with daylight saving in different hemispheres, this then send the call to the correct queue depending on time 

To allow an email to be sent to staff we used the qgosub variable that is explained HERE , this sub routine sends the email on answer. this variable is set by a small dial plan snippet that sets the qgosub variable and an additional one to set a channel variable as the callers callerID number, as its lost when the call is made to the staff members by the queue application. 

To make sure calls do not go to voicemail, the queue option “call confirm” this forces the called staff to press 1 to accept a call, This much overlooked option is useful for many queue scenarios.

If the call is unanswered the call has to be passed to the callcenter with the callerID name tagged with the customers Name, We achieve this with the “SetCallerID” application passing the call onto the client call centre.

Finally when the call is complete we need to email the recording to the customer. To do this with the “Post Call Recording Script” option in Advanced options. (You may need to enable “Display Readonly Settings” and “Override Readonly Settings”), This did require a little lateral thinking as we were already using this script to convert recordings to MP3 and save them to AWSS3 storage, But we didn’t want an email sent after all recordings do we included an additional ‘if’ statement to check if the qgosub variable was passed over to the script and if it was email the attachment otherwise do nothing.

I hope this shows the flexibility of FreePBX and asterisk and how fairly complex call routings and requests can be fulfilled in a manner that doesn’t require complex dial plans or require high support overheads.

If you want to achieve similar don’t hesitate to get in touch as by using modules already in FreePBX your not paying to reinvent the wheel.

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Blog FreePBX Knowledge Base

Running Subroutines on answer for Queues

Some years ago we wrote a post on running macros on queue answer here. this was very useful for integration with backends, At the time we raised a feature request to get it added to Freepbx, But this never happened.

Now the variable QGOSUB is in the dialplan for freepbx queues, But still there is no way of setting this in a default freepbx installation and it requires a snip-it of custom dialplan that is called from freepbx by a ‘custom destination’ . For example at its simplest the dialplan to set it could be :-

[qmacro-set]
exten => .,1,Noop(ians test) 
exten => .,n,Set(_QGOSUB=ians_routine) 
exten => .,n,Goto(app-daynight,1,1)  

and this sets the variable for all channels in this call, and when the Queue command is run in the default freepbx dialplan

Queue(9471,${QOPTIONS},,${QAANNOUNCE},${QMAXWAIT},${QAGI},,${QGOSUB},${QRULE},${QPOSITION})  

This allows simple or more complicated routines to be run. For example sending an email on answer which was a request we had that caused us to revisit this.

[ians_routine]
exten = s,1,Set(origtime=${EPOCH})
exten = s,n,Noop(${CHANNEL})
exten = s,n,Set(Agent11=${CUT(CHANNEL,@,1)})
exten = s,n,Set(Agent12=${CUT(Agent11,/,2)})
exten = s,n,Noop(${Agent11} , ${Agent12} )
exten = s,n,Set(fulltime=${STRFTIME(${EPOCH},,%d%m%Y-%H:%M:%S)})
exten = s,n,system(echo "There has been a call , Callers Details: ${CALLERID(number)} ,  ${CRM_SOURCE} , Date and Time: ${fulltime} ,  Agent: ${Agent12} ,Timestamp: ${origtime} , Queue Number: ${QUEUENUM} " | mail -s "failed recall at ${fulltime}" email@address.com)
same = n,Return()

If you think that you would like to be able to set this variable in the freepbx gui give it a vote https://issues.freepbx.org/browse/FREEPBX-22274

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Products and services Software

FreeStats

FreeStats is a re-write and expansion of the original call center stats package from Asternic hoprfully giving it a fresh look and some features requested by users.

There is additional information for managers including integration of CDR for calls and comparison of calls and a search function.

The statistics are ‘live’ as the system uses mysql storage of queue records and not the parsing of the logfile that in the case of the original package had to be “Cron’d”

The screenshots of the package here show the refreshed user interface and additional pages.

The Search function lets you search the DB for the call uniqueID or callerID number then displaying all items in the queue logs and the realtime page is rewritten to work with modern Asterisk versions and the updated versions of AMI and Ajam for control of agents.

The package for downloading includes full installation instructions that can be viewed here and sql file for creating the mysql DB. An additional option is to limit access to the application by changing the config.php so that the Administrator logins can be used for allowing access to the system.

Download the Source here

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Knowledge Base Products and services

Aastra 6753i Transfer

Step By step instructions for call transfer when using the Aastra 6753i with firmware 3.x.x and above.

Phone Idle screen.

Once a call is answered their number will show and an icon of a ‘off hook phone’ will also show

To transfer the call press your ‘Transfer key’. Another ‘line’ will show numbered 2 with a ‘ > ’ next to it.

Enter the number you want to dial and press ‘>‘ dial if the call isn’t immediately dialed.

To ‘Blind’ transfer the call press the Transfer Button again or put the Handset down. NOTE if you do this you will not be able to get the call back.

After pressing dial the Phone Icon will show ‘ringing’

To get the call back while it is ringing press the ‘ < ‘ button shown on the display next to ‘Cancel’. Then L1 in this example will flash and ‘call held’ will show on the display as below, you need to get the call back by pressing the Flashing Line Key.

If the call goes to Voicemail or the caller answers the display will show the ‘off hook’ icon against 2

If the Caller wants the call then Press the ‘Transfer key’ the Red ‘Hangup key’ or put the handset down and the call will be transferred to them. Do not press the ‘>‘ Drop button.

If they don’t want the call or it goes to voicemail and you want to get the caller back, Press the ‘ > ‘ Drop Button and that call will be dropped and as before ‘call held’ will show on the screen and you press the L1 button to get the caller Back

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Handsets Software

Sangoma Connect Mobile

We know that right now, communication is key. We also know that you need to be able to work where it makes the most sense for you, so mobility is a must. The latest milestone in our mission to help you communicate more effectively is the next-generation mobile softphone app for FreePBX and PBXact. It’s called Sangoma Connect Mobile, and it is now available to download!

Sangoma Connect Mobile combines the best of our existing solutions with new core mobile technologies to provide a greater communication experience for calling and collaborating with coworkers.

Sangoma Connect Mobile provides rich voice and video calling for PBXact and FreePBX, on iOS and Android devices. We’ve made the onboarding experience very simple for system administrators to provision, and for users to install:

  • Administrators: enable Connect users via the User Manager within the PBXact or FreePBX admin interface. That automatically sends an invitation email message to each user.
  • Users: open their invitation email and follow simple instructions to download the app from the app store, then click a ‘magic log-in link’ in the email to immediately configure – no need for details like hostnames, extension numbers, or passwords.

And that’s it! It just works. Issues like certificate management, which can be a manual process with other apps, are handled automatically.

Features Included:

  • Blind and assisted transfer
  • 3-way calling
  • Contacts and favorites – including BLF
  • BLF Lamp status of features that support it such as Day/Night and CallFlow
  • DND with scheduling for out-of-office convenience

Another great feature is that we’ve integrated Sangoma Meet, our award-winning video conferencing platform within Sangoma Connect Mobile, making it super simple to create or join a multi-party video conference.

How to Get It

Sangoma Connect Mobile is included, free-of-charge, for all new and existing PBXact systems.  It is also free-of-charge to FreePBX customers with an active Zulu license, for the same amount of users already purchased. Simply perform an update on your system, and Sangoma Connect will be available within the User Management Module.

Purchasing Options

FreePBX customers, without Zulu, wishing to purchase a Sangoma Connect Mobile license can do so from the Sangoma Portal Store.  We have integrated Sangoma Connect Mobile with Zulu Desktop so that customers  can take advantage of even further collaboration tools for your MacOS or Windows computer. Simply purchase the Zulu license from the portal store and choose to use Sangoma Connect Mobile, or both! If needed, here are some helpful instructions on how to purchase a license and how to install on your FreePBX system.

Download the Mobile Client

End users can download the iOS or Android app, for free, by searching for ‘Sangoma Connect’ in the respective app stores. A direct download link is also available within the invitation email end-users receive. Here is information on how to use the app.

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Knowledge Base

Setting up Postfix to use Office 365 mail

FreePBX uses centos 7 and postfix fom its mail delivery, normally this is fine unless the customer is using Office 365 mail then there can be delivery issues.

Firstly you will need to set up a user in Office 365 for the system.

Postfix’s main configuration file is main.cf and that is where we make the required change as follow:

[root@localhost ~]# vi /etc/postfix/main.cf

Append the following lines

masquerade_domains = domainname
myhostname = USERNAME.domainname
mydomain = USERNAME.domainname
myorigin = USERNAME@domainname
relayhost = [smtp.office365.com]:587

mynetworks = 127.0.0.0/8
inet_interfaces = loopback-only
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_always_send_ehlo = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_sasl_tls_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt
smtp_generic_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/generic 
# smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

Save and exit from the file.
Next we need to edit the configuration for the postfix SASL credentials:

[root@localhost ~]# vi /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Add a line below

[smtp.office365.com]:587 user@domainname:password

Replacing user@domainname:password with your sender account details

Save and exit from file

A Postfix lookup table must now be generated from the sasl_passwd text file by running the following command.

[root@localhost ~]# postmap /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Now change permission for this file

[root@localhost ~]# chown root:postfix /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

[root@localhost ~]# chmod 640 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Next, we need to configure generic file in order to be able to send emails as a valid user (this is required for Office365).

[root@localhost ~]# vi /etc/postfix/generic

Go the end of file and append following lines.

root@localhost.localdomain UserName@Domain.com

Again replacing localhost.localdomain and UserName@Domain.com with your service hostname and the email user are using

Save and exit from file.

Next let’s correct the file permission.

[root@localhost ~]# chown root:root /etc/postfix/generic

[root@localhost ~]# chmod 0600 /etc/postfix/generic

[root@localhost ~]# postmap /etc/postfix/generic

Now restart Postfix service.

[root@localhost ~]# systemctl restart postfix

Now try to send a test email using the command below:
FOR Centos:

echo "This is the body of the email"| mail -r"Sender-Display-Name<sender@domain.com>" -s "This is the subject(E-Mail from SMTP Relay) line" recipeat@gmail.com

In FreePBX under Voicemail admin you must change the senders address to match your account as well as the sender for notifications such as backups etc. otherwise you can get errors and mail wont be delivered.

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Knowledge Base Technical

Asternic Stats and recording outgoing calls.

Asternic stats has the ability to record your outgoing calls in the stats database so they can be accessed from stats package.

But a customer noted two problems with this, firstly they wanted to set a different Music on Hold for outgoing calls and secondly “no answer” calls where the agent hungup before the callee answered.

Firstly we will deal with the Music on hold, Changing the MoH class caused calls not to be recorded in the database correctly. Code below is the reason for this as it causes the dial string to have 2 macros called, This is not possible.

extension_additional.conf:-
exten => s,n,ExecIf($["${MOHCLASS}"!="default" & "${MOHCLASS}"!="" & "${FORCE_CONFIRM}"="" ]?Set(DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS=M(setmusic^${MOHCLASS})${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS}))

extensions_custom_asternic_outbound_freepbx.conf:-
exten => _X.,n,Dial(${QDIALER_CHANNEL},300,gM(queuedial-answer^${UNIQUEID}^${GM}^${QDIALER_QUEUE}^${QDIALER_AGENT}^${ST}^${AMPUSER})${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS})

The fix is very simple for this one and required just 2 changes. one line added to set MoH in the dialplan and another to use Trunk_options and not the the one created in extensions_additional.conf

exten => _X.,n,Set(CHANNEL(musicclass)=${MOHCLASS}) ; Added to set the Music on hold class for the outgoing call Fixes bug in normal code
exten => _X.,n,Dial(${QDIALER_CHANNEL},300,gM(queuedial-answer^${UNIQUEID}^${GM}^${QDIALER_QUEUE}^${QDIALER_AGENT}^${ST}^${AMPUSER})${TRUNK_OPTIONS}) ;Was ${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS} changed to set the Music on hold class for the outgoing call Fixes bug in normal code

The second problem is also fairly straight forward but took a bit of creative thinking, The problem was when an agent hung up on an outbound call the dialstatus returned to the dialplan was “CANCEL” and this is not reported upon by the asternic stats package. SO as the call is for all intents abandoned we added a line that if the dialstatus was “CANCEL” we would change it to “ABANDON”.

exten => h,n,Set(DIALSTATUS=${IF($["${DIALSTATUS}"="CANCEL"]?ABANDON:${DIALSTATUS})}) ;Added By Ian Plain to fix cancelled calls not showing in Asternic stats

This is a simple fix and now means calls are recorded as ABANDONED and with the time the Agent waited before hanging up.

Below is our version of the file extensions_custom_asternic_outbound_freepbx.conf with all the changes.

[macro-dialout-trunk-predial-hook]
exten => s,1,Noop(Test Track Outbound)
exten => s,n,Noop(Trunk is ${OUT_${DIAL_TRUNK}})
exten => s,n,Noop(Dialout number is ${OUTNUM})
exten => s,n,Noop(Dial options are ${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS})
exten => s,n,Set(QDIALER_TRUNK_OPTIONS=${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS})
exten => s,n,Set(QDIALER_AGENT=${DB(AMPUSER/${AMPUSER}/cidname)})
exten => s,n,GotoIf($["${QDIALER_AGENT}" != ""]?nextcheck)
exten => s,n,Noop(NO AMPUSER, exit normally with no tracking outbound)
exten => s,n,MacroExit()
exten => s,n(nextcheck),GotoIf($["${CDR(accountcode)}" != ""]?bypass)
exten => s,n,Noop(NO ACCOUNTCODE, exit normally with no tracking outbound)
exten => s,n,MacroExit()
exten => s,n(bypass),Set(PREDIAL_HOOK_RET=BYPASS)
exten => s,n,Goto(queuedial,${OUTNUM},1)
exten => s,n,MacroExit()
;; Dialplan for storing OUTBOUND campaing in queue_log
;; Goto(queuedial,YYYXXXXXXXX,1) where YYY is the queue-campaign code
;; and XXXXXXXX is the number to dial.
;; The queuedial context has the outobound trunk hardcoded
[queuedial]
; this piece of dialplan is just a calling hook into the [qlog-queuedial] context that actually does the
; outbound dialing - replace as needed - just fill in the same variables.
exten => X.,1,Set(QDIALER_QUEUE=${CDR(accountcode)}) ;exten => _X.,n,Set(QDIALER_AGENT=Agent/${AMPUSER}) exten => _X.,n,Set(QDIALER_AGENT=${DB(AMPUSER/${AMPUSER}/cidname)}) ; custom trunk check exten => _X.,n,Set(custom=${CUT(OUT${DIAL_TRUNK},:,1)})
exten => X.,n,GotoIf($["${custom}" = "AMP"]?customtrunk) ; it is normal trunk, not custom exten => _X.,n,Set(QDIALER_CHANNEL=${OUT${DIAL_TRUNK}}/${EXTEN})
exten => X.,n,GotoIf($["${OUT${DIAL_TRUNK}SUFFIX}" == ""]?continuequeuedial) exten => _X.,n,Set(QDIALER_CHANNEL=${OUT${DIAL_TRUNK}}/${EXTEN}${OUT_${DIAL_TRUNK}SUFFIX}) exten => _X.,n,Goto(continuequeuedial) ; it is a custom trunk exten => _X.,n(customtrunk),Set(pre_num=${CUT(OUT${DIAL_TRUNK},$,1)})
exten => X.,n,Set(the_num=${CUT(OUT${DIAL_TRUNK},$,2)})
exten => X.,n,Set(post_num=${CUT(OUT${DIAL_TRUNK},$,3)})
exten => _X.,n,GotoIf($["${the_num}" = "OUTNUM"]?outnum:skipoutnum)
exten => _X.,n(outnum),Set(the_num=${OUTNUM})
exten => _X.,n(skipoutnum),Set(QDIALER_CHANNEL=${pre_num:4}${the_num}${post_num})
exten => _X.,n(continuequeuedial),Noop(Qdialer channel = ${QDIALER_CHANNEL})
exten => _X.,n,Set(QueueName=${QDIALER_QUEUE})
exten => _X.,n,Goto(qlog-queuedial,${EXTEN},1)
[qlog-queuedial]
; We use a global variable to pass values back from the answer-detect macro.
; STATUS = U unanswered
; = A answered (plus CAUSECOMPLETE=C when callee hung up)
; The 'g' dial parameter must be used in order to track callee disconnecting.
; Note that we'll be using the 'h' hook in any case to do the logging when channels go down.
;
exten => X.,1,NoOp(Outbound call -> A:${QDIALER_AGENT} N:${EXTEN} Q:${QDIALER_QUEUE} Ch:${QDIALER_CHANNEL} Dialoptions:${TRUNK_OPTIONS}) exten => _X.,n,Set(ST=${EPOCH}) ;exten => _X.,n,Set(GM=${QDIALER_AGENT}) exten => _X.,n,Set(GM=${REPLACE(QDIALER_AGENT, ,)})
exten => _X.,n,Set(GLOBAL(${GM})=U)
exten => _X.,n,Set(GLOBAL(${GM}ans)=0)
exten => _X.,n,Macro(queuelog,${ST},${UNIQUEID},${QDIALER_QUEUE},${QDIALER_AGENT},ENTERQUEUE,-,${EXTEN})
exten => _X.,n,Set(CHANNEL(musicclass)=${MOHCLASS}) ; Added to set the Music on hold class for the outgoing call Fixes bug in normal code
exten => _X.,n,Dial(${QDIALER_CHANNEL},300,gM(queuedial-answer^${UNIQUEID}^${GM}^${QDIALER_QUEUE}^${QDIALER_AGENT}^${ST}^${AMPUSER})${TRUNK_OPTIONS}) ;Was ${DIAL_TRUNK_OPTIONS} changed to set the Music on hold class for the outgoing call Fixes bug in normal code
exten => _X.,n,Set(CAUSECOMPLETE=${IF($["${DIALSTATUS}" = "ANSWER"]?C)})
; Trapping call termination here
exten => h,1,NoOp( "Call exiting: status ${GLOBAL(${GM})} answered at: ${GLOBAL(${GM}ans)} DS: ${DIALSTATUS}" )
exten => h,n,Set(DB(LASTDIAL/${QDIALER_AGENT})=${EPOCH})
exten => h,n,Goto(case-${GLOBAL(${GM})})
exten => h,n,Hangup()
; Call unanswered
exten => h,n(case-U),Set(WT=$[${EPOCH} - ${ST}])
exten => h,n,Noop(unanswered ${DIALSTATUS})) ;Added By Ian Plain to fix cancelled calls not showing in Asternic stats
exten => h,n,Set(DIALSTATUS=${IF($["${DIALSTATUS}"="CANCEL"]?ABANDON:${DIALSTATUS})}) ;Added By Ian Plain to fix cancelled calls not showing in Asternic stats
exten => h,n,Macro(queuelog,${EPOCH},${UNIQUEID},${QDIALER_QUEUE},${QDIALER_AGENT},${DIALSTATUS},1,1,${WT})
exten => h,n,UserEvent(AgentComplete,Queue: ${QDIALER_QUEUE},TalkTime: 0,Channel: ${CHANNEL})
exten => h,n,Hangup()
; call answered: agent/callee hung
exten => h,n(case-A),Set(COMPLETE=${IF($["${CAUSECOMPLETE}" = "C"]?COMPLETECALLER:COMPLETEAGENT)})
exten => h,n,Noop(answered ${DIALSTATUS})) ;Added By Ian Plain to fix cancelled calls not showing in Asternic stats
exten => h,n,Set(WT=$[${GLOBAL(${GM}ans)} - ${ST}])
exten => h,n,Set(CT=$[${EPOCH} - ${GLOBAL(${GM}ans)}])
exten => h,n,Macro(queuelog,${EPOCH},${UNIQUEID},${QDIALER_QUEUE},${QDIALER_AGENT},${COMPLETE},${WT},${CT})
exten => h,n,UserEvent(AgentComplete,Queue: ${QDIALER_QUEUE},TalkTime: ${CT},Channel: ${CHANNEL})
exten => h,n,Hangup()
[macro-queuedial-answer]
; Expecting $ARG1: uniqueid of the caller channel
; $ARG2: global variable to store the answer results
; $ARG3: queue name
; $ARG4: agent name
; $ARG5: enterqueue
;
exten => s,1,NoOp("Macro: queuedial-answer UID:${ARG1} GR:${ARG2} Q:${ARG3} A:${ARG4} E:${ARG5}")
exten => s,n,Set(QDIALER_QUEUE=${ARG3})
exten => s,n,Set(QDIALER_QUEUE=${REPLACE(QDIALER_QUEUE, ,_)})
exten => s,n,GotoIf($["${CUT(DB(AMPUSER/${ARG6}/recording),=,3)}" = "Always"]?mixmonitor)
exten => s,n,GotoIf($["${DB(AMPUSER/${ARG6}/recording/out/external)}" = "always"]?mixmonitor)
exten => s,n,Goto(continue)
exten => s,n(mixmonitor),MixMonitor(${MIXMON_DIR}${YEAR}/${MONTH}/${DAY}/out-${QDIALER_QUEUE}-${ARG1}.wav,b,/usr/local/parselog/update_mix_mixmonitor.pl ${ARG1} ${MIXMON_DIR}${YEAR}/${MONTH}/${DAY}/out-${QDIALER_QUEUE}-${ARG1}.wav)
exten => s,n,Set(AUDIOHOOK_INHERIT(MixMonitor)=yes)
exten => s,n(continue),Set(NOW=${EPOCH})
exten => s,n,Set(WD=$[${NOW} - ${ARG5}])
exten => s,n,Macro(queuelog,${NOW},${ARG1},${ARG3},${ARG4},CONNECT,${WD})
exten => s,n,Set(GLOBAL(${ARG2})=A)
exten => s,n,Set(GLOBAL(${ARG2}ans)=${NOW})
exten => s,n,NoOp("Macro queuedial-answer terminating" )
[macro-queuelog]
; The advantage of using this macro is that you can choose whether to use the Shell version
; (where you have complete control of what gets written) or the Application version (where you
; do not need a shellout, so it's way faster).
;
; Expecting $ARG1: Timestamp
; $ARG2: Call-id
; $ARG3: Queue
; $ARG4: Agent
; $ARG5: Verb
; $ARG6: Param1
; $ARG7: Param2
; $ARG8: Param3
;
;exten => s,1,System( echo "${ARG1},${ARG2},${ARG3,${ARG4},${ARG5},${ARG6},${ARG7},${ARG8}" >> /var/log/asterisk/queue_log )
exten => s,1,QueueLog(${ARG3},${ARG2},${ARG4},${ARG5},${ARG6}|${ARG7}|${ARG8})

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Applications FreePBX Handsets Software

Zulu UC, The ultimate communication and collaboration tool for FreePBX

Zulu UC is the ultimate communication and collaboration tool, enhancing work place productivity for on-site and remote workers.
With Zulu UC, you define your work place environment, enabling workstations, laptops and mobile devices with unified communication features, keeping you closely connected with all your colleague, where ever they are located.
Studies have shown that a large percentage of work place productivity happens when staff is out of the office, away from their desk. Zulu UC is there to make sure that you capture your creativity when it happens, wherever you are located.

Mobility
Zulu allows you to make and receive calls through your office extension as if you were sitting at your desk, reducing costs and allowing you to maintain your personal phone number.
Call Pop
Ideal for CRM and help desk integration, Call Pop automatically opens your desktop web browser on an inbound call with all the information of the caller, helping you provide better customer service.
Presence & Status
Change your status to let your colleagues know your availability. Your status update across all your endpoint devices too, letting users know whether you can take a phone call.
Click-to-Call
Click-to-Call allows users to instantly call any phone number that is seen on their web browser. Simply click on the phone number, and Zulu will initiate an outbound call via the desktop client or your desk phone.
Team Chat
Fully-featured one-to-one and group chat enables users to communicate without having to start a phone call. Zulu’s intuitive chat interface allows users to break off into phone call, fax, SMS, or transfer files. 
File Sharing
Collaborate more effectively by instantly sharing files with colleagues within the same interaction screen using the Zulu Desktop Client.

Zulu Desktop

Collaborate with colleagues and customers directly from your computer

Click-to-Call from your browser and other popular desktop applications

SMS and FAX (Requires Sangoma SIPStation service)
File sharing

Screen Pop for web-based help desks

Make/receive phone calls using your extension

Chat with colleagues using direct and group messaging

Phone System Contact list integration for Dial-by-Name

Presence control (Available, Chat, Away, DND, Not Available)

Unattended Transfer

Zulu Desktop can be Downloaded here

Most importantly its Secure

Zulu UC is designed with security in mind to protect you and your business from VoIP threats and toll fraud. 

It uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to ensure end-to-end security from whichever device you are using Zulu. 

And User Setup has been Made Simple

Get setup with the Zulu Desktop Client in seconds. 

Simply download and install the Desktop or Mobile app then login with the user credentials. Or use the QR Code feature from within the end user UCP panel of PBXact or FreePBX.

View Installation Guide

For licence and installation information please email or call, Also subject to availability 2 user 1 year licences are available to trial the software for free

For you mobile phone see Sangoma Connect , A mobile softphone with all the features of deskphone.

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Asterisk Support Covid-19 FreePBX Knowledge Base Remote Working

Disabling Router SIP ALG

With many companies asking their employees to work from home, a common problem when trying to use a sip phone on a home network is the SIP ‘helper’ or ALG, Here is some advice on how to disable it on the more common routers that you may encounter.

SIP ALG (Application Layer Gateway) modifies VoIP traffic with the aim of solving NAT and firewall related problems. SIP ALG does this by inspecting SIP packets and modifying SIP Header and SDP data.

Unfortunately, SIP ALG was poorly implemented in a lot of cases, which has lead to it causing more issues than it corrects and due to this, we believe that, in general, it is best disabled.

Note – Many routers will re-enable SIP ALG after being powered off and on, or sometimes after a firmware update, therefore if it has been disabled in the past, and you know that the router was recently updated and powered off and on again, then it is always a good idea to log in to the router and double check the setting.

Virgin SuperHub: SIP ALG cannot be disabled in the settings of SuperHubs. Please click here for advice troubleshooting issues with SuperHubs. 

BT: SIP ALG cannot be disabled in the settings of BT HomeHubs, but can be disable with BT Business Hub versions 3 and higher:

Disabling a BT Business Hub 5’s SIP ALG

Fritz!Box: SIP ALG can’t be disabled.

DrayTek routers: Log in to your DrayTek via Telnet using an SSH client such as Putty: http://www.putty.org/

Check if SIP ALG is Enabled or Disabled:

To check if SIP ALG is Enabled or Disabled enter this command: sys sip_alg ?

If SIP ALG is disabled a ” 0 ” result will be returned.  If SIP ALG is enabled the result will be ” 1 “.

Disabling SIP ALG:

To Disable SIP ALG enter the following:

sys sip_alg 0
sys commit
sys reboot

The router will restart and save your changes.

Click here for additional general information about DrayTek Firewall setup. 

TP-Link routers: How to Disable SIP ALG on TP-Link ADSL modem router

Linksys: Check for a ‘SIP ALG’ option, in the ‘Administration’ tab under ‘Advanced’. 

May also need to disable SPI Firewall. 

Microtik: Disable ‘SIP Helper‘. 

Netgear: Look for a ‘SIP ALG’ checkbox in the ‘WAN’ settings.

Port Scan and DoS Protection should also be disabled.

Disable STUN in VoIP phone’s settings. 

D-Link: In your router’s ‘Advanced’ settings –> ‘Application Level Gateway (ALG) Configuration’ uncheck the ‘SIP’ option. 

Huawei: Many routers support SIP ALG (usually found in the ‘Security’ menu). 

SonicWALL Firewall: Under the VoIP tab, the option ‘Enable Consistent NAT’ should be enabled and ‘Enable SIP Transformations’ unchecked.  

Thomson: How to Disable SIP ALG on a Thomson Router HERE

Test with STUN disabled in your VoIP phone’s settings.

Adtran Netvanta: Disable SIP ALG under ‘Firewall/ACLs’ –> ‘ALG Settings’.

For Technicolor TG588V routers see this document for step by step details

Even if there isn’t a SIP ALG option in your router’s settings, it may still be implemented. TelNet commands must be used to disable SIP ALG with TechnicolorThomsonSpeedTouch, some Draytek and some ZyXEL routers. 

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Using FreePBX FollowMe

Follow Me allows you to redirect a call that is placed to one of your extension to another extension or external number.

You can program the system to ring your extension alone for a certain period of time, then ring some other destination(s), such as a mobile phone or another extension, then go to the original extension’s voicemail if the call is not answered.  

It can also be used to divert calls to another extension without ringing the ‘original’ extension, or ring both together in a ‘twinned’ manner. This is useful if you are regularly away from your desk

Your can modify certain Follow Me settings using the User Control Panel as well as disable and enable Follow Me using a feature code that is normally *21,

To use the UCP to change settings if you have had permissions enabled is done by clicking the COG icon on teh Follow me Widget and below is a short Video on the key settings