Inside the Asterisk

Collaborating for Success in Open Source

Open source is becoming very prevalent in the software world, even if it’s not obvious. Your phone, your television, your smart speaker, and even your car is likely to use open source libraries and applications. In fact, a recent Tidelift survey showed that 92% of applications use open source libraries. One thing I’ve seen over

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Dana and Asterisk, part 2

A couple of weeks ago, Dan Jenkins kindly wrote a guest blog post about Dana — an up-and-coming open source project which helps to highlight some of the great video-conferencing capabilities in Asterisk. In this blog post, I’d like to expand on that, and show you how to get a simple video-conferencing solution up and

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Introducing Dana the Stream Gatekeeper

In this troubling time of dealing with COVID-19 around the world we’re seeing more and more need for tools to help in communicating with co-workers, friends and family. Asterisk has historically proven itself as one of the key puzzle pieces when it comes to enacting change and evolution in the communications space. The power of

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Improving Core Dump Analysis

Within the Asterisk project we are constantly trying to improve our processes and data collection when a problem is encountered to reduce the back and forth for getting information. This initially started with the ast_coredumper script that is now the recommended way to collect information from a running Asterisk process or from a core dump

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A Little Glimpse Into ConfBridge

The ConfBridge dialplan application is used countless times each day by people to do conferencing. Long ago this was done using the MeetMe dialplan application that utilized DAHDI functionality but with the requirement on DAHDI for it to operate an alternative was needed and ConfBridge came into existence. Have you ever wondered how it actually

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Building a Channel Driver – Part 3

Review If you’ve been following this blog post series, then you should have a channel driver that’s ready to be integrated with ARI. If not, then check out Part 1 and Part 2 first. The purpose of this final chapter in the series will be to get your channel driver working with ARI, which is

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Issue Walkthrough: DTLS, and the Case of Bad Audio

A past post discusses some tips and tricks to employ when encountering a problem. Here we’ll walk through an issue applying some of those techniques. Recently an Asterisk issue came up involving occasional static and/or silence for audio. Broadly speaking the problem can be described as Alice calls Bob (using SIP), Bob answers, the call

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Adding and Removing Media Streams

When stream support was added to Asterisk it was initially done with the focus being for SFU with a single video stream from each participant with the call starting out with video. This is a use case which is useful for a lot of people and has worked well. Coming soon, however, is the ability

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PJSIP Body Generator Persistence

When PJSIP publish and subscribe functionality was created we knew we wanted to provide a pluggable mechanism to allow modules to easily extend and add new bodies. The result of this is what is known as body generators. Given a set of data they convert it into a format expected by a device, such as

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Building a Channel Driver – Part 2

Review This blog post is the follow up to part 1, which can be found here. If you haven’t read it yet, that would be a good place to start, especially if you want to build your own channel driver. Here’s a recap of what we’ve done so far. We created chan_groovy.c, res_groovy.c, and res_groovy.h,

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