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Getting Free Long Distance, Part 2 - page 2

Exploring DUNDi

  • June 27, 2006
  • By Carla Schroder

Warm up your favorite text editor, because we're going to edit three Asterisk configuration files. The three files are dundi.conf, iax.conf, and extensions.conf. These are in /etc/asterisk/ on Asterisk@Home. dundi.conf controls peer authentication, iax.conf is our transport protocol, and extensions.conf contains your dialplans.

This example connects two peers, MyHost and OtherHost.

First edit iax.conf. Add the following lines, except for any that are duplicated in the [general] section:

[dundi]
    type=user
    dbsecret=dundi/secret
    context=dundi-local
    disallow=all
    allow=ulaw
    allow=alaw
    allow=g726

Now edit dundi.conf. The default file is well commented and has lots of examples--you'll find definitions of all the directives in there. This is where your mapping contexts are defined, which follow this format:

dundi_context => local_context,weight,technology,destination,[options]

The following configuration creates two DUNDi mapping contexts:

[general]
;put your own information here
department=Boss's office
organization=Alrac, Inc.
locality=Portland
stateprov=OR
country=US
email=hrh@alrac.com
phone=15035551212

bindaddr=0.0.0.0
port=4520

;use the server's MAC address for the entityid
entityid=11.22.33.44.55.66
cachetime=3600
ttl=32
autokill=yes
secretpath=dundi

[mappings]
;copy this as shown, substituting your own server and hostname
;this should be one long unbroken line

dundi-peer1 => dundi-priv-local,0,IAX2,dundi:${SECRET}@myhost.mynet.com/${NUMBER},
nounsolicited,nocomunsolicit,nopartial

;our OtherHost peer is configured here
;and is allowed access only to dundi-peer1

[aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff] ;MAC address of otherhost.elsewhere.com
  model = symmetric
  host = otherhost.elsewhere.com
  inkey = otherhost.elsewhere.com
  outkey = myhost.mynet.com
  include = dundi-peer1
  permit = dundi-peer1
  qualify = yes
  dynamic=yes

You need to create RSA authentication keys for your server. You may name them anything you want; a good naming convention is to use your server's fully-qualified domain name. Create keys with these commands:

# cd /var/lib/asterisk/keys
# /usr/sbin/astgenkey -n myhost.mynet.com

This creates two keys: myhost.mynet.com.pub and myhost.mynet.com.key. The public key, myhost.mynet.com.pub, must be distributed to all servers you are peering with. Post it on your Web site if you like. The private key is unencrypted, and like all private encryption keys must be guarded carefully. Then the res_crypto.so line interface:

# asterisk -r
asterisk1*CLI># reload res_crypto.so

asterisk1*CLI># reload pbx_dundi.so

From here you can also run the command show keys to see all of your RSA keys. Now go back to iax.conf and add the dundi user.

Here is a quick Linux tip: you don't have to exit the Asterisk CLI to return to the Linux command line. If you're logging in remotely, just open a second SSH session. If you're on the Asterisk server, switch to a second console with Alt+F2.

This allows remote access to your server:

[dundi]
  type=user
  dbsecret=dundi/secret
  context=dundi-priv-local
  disallow=all
  allow=ulaw
  allow=g726

dundi/secret is an encryption key automatically generated by Asterisk. You may view this key by running the database show command from the Asterisk CLI.

Finally, edit extensions.conf; this is where you define what numbers to share and what to do with them. Telephone numbers must follow this format:

country_code area_code prefix number

This is a simple example that answers incoming calls, directs them via the SIP protocol to extension 200, which is the digital assistant, sends the caller to voicemail if there is no answer, then hangs up.

[dundi-priv-local]
  exten => 15035551212,1,Answer( )
  exten => 15035551212,n(call),Dial(SIP/200)
  exten => 15035551212,n,Voicemail(u200)
  exten => 15035551212,n,Hangup( )
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