Here at Liquidstate HQ, we seem to get more than our fair share of silent and nuisance calls. We've already signed up for the Telephone Preference Service, but that's only applicable for calls originating from within the UK. So, after a bout of insomnia, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Update: I've fixed a cut and paste error with the OBI110 configuration after feedback from Steve in the comments. If you've been struggling to get this working, then hopefully this helps!
Enter the OBi110, a Voice Server Bridge and Telephone Adapter that can effectively join your existing analogue Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) with a modern Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) solution. From there, with the help of FreePBX/Asterisk, you can gain complete control of both incoming and outgoing calls.
This post will document my initial configuration to use the OBi110 with FreePBX running on a Raspberry Pi to filter incoming calls based on Caller ID (as well as the time of day). The OBi110 and FreePBX are both capable of soooo much more, but we'll leave that for a future post!
NOTE! This is my initial configuration - it's not perfect yet and will no doubt change over time as I learn more about the OBi110 and FreePBX.
When someone calls us and we are able to determine their number via Caller ID, we direct the call through to the analogue telephone attached to the OBi110. If we cannot determine a number, the caller is asked to enter their phone number. Assuming they do, this will then be forwarded through to the analogue phone (with the caller ID set to the number the caller has provided).
Additionally, if someone calls us out of hours (23:00 - 07:30), then we ask them if they wish to continue the call then to press 1. If they do so, then the above call flow based on Caller ID will apply.
You’ll need an OBi110, a Raspberry Pi with case, power supply and a 4GB SD Card. You'll also need two Ethernet cables and a 4-core telephone cable to connect both devices to your home network (router) and the OBi110 to your phone line. I sourced my components from Amazon and eBay.
Configure your Raspberry Pi
Now, fit the SD Card to the Pi and connect it to your network with an Ethernet cable and power it up. After a couple of minutes, “ssh in-to” the Pi (
ssh [email protected]). The root password is
raspberry. At this point, if you have familiarity with Ubuntu or Debian Linux distributions, you should feel pretty comfortable. Next, configure a static IP address for your Pi; you will do the same for the OBi110 later so they can talk to each other, and you can talk to them. In this blog post, my Raspberry Pi is configured on
192.168.1.98 and my OBi110 is on
Update to the latest version of Asterisk (and apply OS upgrades) by running:
This could take an hour or so (don’t forget to type “y” when you are asked to continue).
Reboot your Pi to verify it’s IP and connectivity.
Set the correct time on the Raspberry Pi
SSH back into your Raspberry Pi and run the following command to configure the correct timezone for your area and confirm the time and date is correct.
[email protected]:~# dpkg-reconfigure tzdata Current default time zone: 'Europe/London' Local time is now: Sat Nov 8 21:38:28 GMT 2014. Universal Time is now: Sat Nov 8 21:38:28 UTC 2014.
Connect the OBi110
Plug in your OBi110 to power and your network/router using an ethernet cable. Plug your standard analogue phone into the
PHONE port on the OBi110 and your POTS line into the
LINE port on the OBi1110. You should be able to make and receive calls as-if the OBi110 wasn’t present. If this is not true, then do-not proceed. Check the OBi110 FAQ or the Administration Guide.
Update the OBi110 firmware
To check and apply the latest firmware, dial
***6 on the phone handset connected to the
PHONE port and follow the voice prompts. The OBi110 will connect to the Internet, check for the latest firmware and give you the option (1) to install it. It should only take a minute or two.
Configure the OBi110
Like the Pi, the OBi110 obtains its IP address via DHCP by default. To find out its current IP address, pick up the phone and dial
***1. You will hear a pre-recorded message that reads out the current IP address. Enter the address into your browser:
http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, where the X’s are the OBi110′s IP address. The default username is "admin" and the password is also “admin”.
NOTE: As changes are made on each page to the OBi110, they must be saved by pressing the “submit” button on the bottom of each page BEFORE navigating to another page. Once all the pages have been configured, press the “Reboot” button in the upper right corner to activate the changes.
Static IP Address
Change the following settings to configure a static IP address for your OBi110 device. Below are the settings that I used, but you should set these appropriately for your home network. I use Google's public DNS servers for name resolution (
System Management: Network Settings: Internet Settings: <strong>Addressing Type: Static IPAddress: 192.168.1.253 SubnetMask: 255.255.255.0 DefaultGateway: 192.168.1.254 DNSServer1: 184.108.40.206 DNSServer2: 220.127.116.11
By default, the OBi110 is configured to automatically update its time from the Internet, but I had to change the timezone to suit my locale.
System Management: Network Settings: Time Service Settings: LocalTimeZone: GMT +00:00 (London,Lisbon)
Configure the OBi110 as an FXO Port
We want configure the OBi110 so that any incoming calls are routed to the RasPBX software running on our Raspberry Pi (connected via Voice Service SP2).
Physical Interfaces Line Port Line Port InboundCallRoute: SP2 RingDelay: 3500 (delay in ms the Obi 110 will allow the phone to ring before giving up on waiting for Caller ID) DialDigitOnTime: 100 (speed up your dialling by reducing the time in ms each digit tone is played for during dialling) DialDigitOffTime: 100 (speed up your dialling by reducing the delay in ms between each digit when dialling) Physical Interfaces Line Port PSTN Disconnection Detection SilienceTimeThreshold: 600 (increase the number of seconds of silence permitted before disconnecting a call)
Now lets configure Voice Service SP2:
Voice Services SP2 Service SP2 Service X-ServProvProfile: B X_InboundCallRoute: LI X_KeepAliveEnable: checked SIP Credentials: AuthUserName: OBITRUNK1 AuthPassword: TRUNKPW (change this!) URI: [email protected] (replace with the IP address of your Raspberry Pi)
Now configure the ITSP Profile that SP2 uses (Profile B):
Service Providers ITSP Profile B SIP SIP Proxy Server: 192.168.1.98 (change to the IP of your Raspberry Pi)</pre> X_SpoofCallerID: checked</pre> X_AccessList: 192.168.1.98 (change to the IP of your Raspberry Pi)
Configure the OBi110 to allow RasPBX to "call out" to the telephone
Service Providers ITSP Profile A SIP SIP Proxy Server: 192.168.1.98 (change to the IP of your Raspberry Pi) X_UseRefer: checked X_AccessList: 192.168.1.98 (change to the IP of your Raspberry Pi) Voice Services SP1 Service SP1 Service X_InboundCallRoute: PH SIP Credentials: AuthUserName: 01310000000 (your home phone number) AuthPassword: EXTENSIONPW (change this!) URI: [email protected] (replace the first part with your home phone number) Calling Features MaxSessions: 5 MWIEnable: checked X_VMWIEnable: checked MessageWaiting: unchecked
Now, go back through each of the pages and ensure that your remembered to submit your changes on each page!
Once you're happy, press the
reboot button in the upper right corner to activate the changes.
Configure FreePBX on your Raspberry Pi
Enter the address into your browser: “http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx”, where the X’s are the Raspberry Pi′s IP address and select FreePBX Administration on the resulting web page. The default username is
admin with password
Connectivity: Trunks: Add SIP Trunk General Settings: Trunk Name: OBITRUNK1 Outbound CallerID: 01310000000 (replace with your home phone number CID Options: Allow Any CID Outgoing Settings: Trunk Name: OBITRUNK1 PEER Details: username=OBITRUNK1 secret=TRUNKPW (must match what you entered on OBi110 SP2 SIP Credentials) host=dynamic type=friend context=from-trunk qualify=yes dtmfmode=rfc2833 canreinvite=no disallow=all allow=ulaw
Configure Outbound Route
Connectivity: Outbound Routes Add Route General Settings: Route Name: Outbound Route CID: <blank>; Route Password: <blank>; Route Type: <unchecked> Trunk Sequence For Matched Routes: 0: OBITRUNK1
Add an extension
Applications: Extensions: Add Extension Device: Generic SIP Device User Extension: 01310000000 (change to your home phone number - must match OBi110 SP1 URL) Display Name: Analogue Phone CID Num Alias: <blank> SIP Alias: <blank> Device Options secret: EXTENSIONPW (this must match OBi110 SP1 SIP Credentials)
Configure Night Time IVR
This auto attendant shall play a recorded message if someone calls after hours and asks them to press '1' to continue. In Asterisk you need to install
Time Conditions module. In the FreePBX Administration control panel, select Admin -> Module Admin. Click the
Check Online button, then click on the
Time Conditions module and select
Install. Next, click the
Process button at the top right to do the actual install. (This also might be a good time to update any out-of-date modules you might have).
Now, lets configure the actual IVR in FreePBX:
Applications: IVR: IVR General Settings: IVR Name</strong>: prompt IVR Description</strong>: <blank> IVR Options (DTMF): Announcement: PressOneToCallThisNumber Direct Dial: Extensions Timeout: 10 Invalid Retries: 0 Invalid Recording: None Invalid Destination: Terminate Call - Hangup Timeout Retries: 0 Timeout Retry Recording: Default Append Announcement on Retry: unchecked Timeout Recording: None Timeout Destination: Terminate Call - Play SIT Tone (Zapateller) Return to IVR after VM: unchecked IVR Entries: Ext: 1 Destination: Extensions - <01310000000> Return: unchecked
System Recordings: Built-In Recordings: Select System Recording: en/vm-tocallnum Name this recording: PressOneToCallThisNumber Files: en/vm-tocallnum
Announcements Add Announcement General Settings: Description: nightwarning Recording: PressOneToCallThisNumber Repeat: disable Allow Skip: no Return to IVR: yes Don't Answer Channel: yes Destination after playback: IVR: prompt
Time Groups Add Time Group <>Description: daytime <>Time to start: 07:30 <>Time to finish: 22:00 <>Week day start: Monday <>Week day finish: Sunday <>Month day start: 1 <>Month day finish: 31 <>Month start: January <>Month finish: December
Applications: Time Conditions Add Time Condition Time condition name: daytime Time group: daytime Destination if time matches: Extensions: <0131000000> Destination if time does not match: Announcements: <nightwarning>
Configure Inbound Route
Connectivity: Inbound Routes Add Route General Settings: Description: Inbound DID Number: <blank> CallerID Number: <blank> Route CID: <blank> Privacy: Privacy Manager: Yes Max attempts: 1 Min Length: 7 Set Destination: Time Conditions: daytime