Asterisk IP PBX Installation on Amazon AWS EC2 Web Service – Part 4 of 4

Amazon AWS EC2 Web Service can be used for Basic Asterisk IP PBX Installation providng Scalability, Reliability, and Mobility

In this article, I will configure a SIP Phone to connect to the Amazon AWS EC2 instance and make both inbound/outbound calls through a SIP Provider.

I have configured the Asterisk to use Anveo as the SIP provider in Part 3 of the series.  However, since then, I have added another provider, nexVortex and am using them exclusively at this time.  Article on Implementing nexVortex to your Amazon AWS EC2 Asterisk IP PBX was outlined previously and so was Anveo implementation.

For testing purposes, I will configure Grandstream’s GXV3140 Multimedia Phone and Grandstream GXV3175 Video Phone.  Video support will also be enabled to test their video conferencing capabilities.

As previously covered, enabling video is a simple process of adding the necessary codecs and one line to the [general] context in sip.conf file.  The codec I have decided on was h264 which is supported by both Grandstream Video phones.

In sip.conf , under [general] context, add the following lines to enable video conferencing capability:

[general]
allow=h264
videosupport=yes

On the phone configuration side, you will have to enable the same codec being used by Asterisk.

GXV3140 Video Code Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phone’s SIP Account is pretty straightforward and involves the following:

  • Account Active:  YES
  • SIP Server:  IP Address of the Amazon AWS EC2 Elastic IP Address assigned to your instance
  • SIP User ID:  Extension created in sip.conf
  • Authenticate ID:  Same as the SIP User ID
  • Authenticate Password:  Password for SIP acconts
  • Voice Mail User ID:  Usually 2999 or whatever extension you dial to access voicemail
  • Name: Caller ID that is displayed
  • NAT Traversal:  auto

Once you have these settings in the Phone and you open up the necessary ports in your firewall, the SIP phone will connect to the Asterisk instance and show up as a sip peer in CLI.
I was very impressed with the video quality when making video calls between GXV3140 and GXV3175 using Amazon AWS EC2 Asterisk IP PBX.  As showsn below, the video was not choppy and was generally latency free.  Even though the two Video Phones are next to each other, the data still has to traverse through my firewall and connect via Asterisk in the Cloud.

Based on my experience, I have concluded that Amazon’s AWS EC2 cloud is more than capable of handling Asterisk calls for any Small Business VoIP implementation.

I would like to know what your thoughts are on this Subject so I look forward to your comments on this site or via Social Media on Facebook and/or Twitter.

 

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About Express Interconnect: We are a Portland, Oregon based Small Business VoIP Phone Consultant specializing in implementing quality VoIP PBX system based on Asterisk IP PBX. We can be reached at 503-820-3513 or via email at: support@ExpressInterconnect.com and can help with any questions you might have.

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