More Asterisk hints

Wow – a day of fixing loads of niggling little Asterisk problems!

  • Max duration

My calling plan gives me unlimited free calls as long as those calls are under an hour in duration. Pretty standard BT stuff. If you do make a call over an hour you don’t just get charged for that bit of the call over the hour, oh no, you get charged for the whole call.
Anyway – we have the technology to defeat them!

In FreePBX under General Settings change your Asterisk Outbound Dial command options to include:

L(3360000,3240000,10000)

which will drop the call after 3360000ms (56 minutes) and should alert you at 3240000ms.

  • Courtesy Tone

The above works very well and drops the calls, but without a bit of extra magic you don’t get the warning in your ear – it just drops the call. To enable the warning tones etc edit this:

/etc/asterisk/features_general_custom.conf

and add

courtesytone=beep

substituting “beep” for what ever noise you want to hear.

  • Call Recording

By also adding:

Ww

to the Dial command options in #1 you can press *1 when you’re in a call to start recording.  It plays the courtesy tone to both parties though.

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