PfSense + Asterisk (or other VoIP) – A Solution
AlmightyOatmeal last edited by
The following are the details of my usage of pfSense and Asterisk for my phone service. It currently works flawlessly thanks to a SIP proxy called siproxd which is available as a package for pfSense. For some reason, the FreeBSD firewall pf likes to mess with SIP packets which makes it necessary for a SIP proxy. I spent a lot of time getting things to work properly so I hope this information is useful to the masses.
- Configure your Asterisk.
1.a) Configure your SIP and RTP ports. My SIP port is the default 5060 and RTP is between 10000 and 20000 for me. You can narrow this down considerably for I actually would need less than 10 ports open for RTP.
1.b) Also be sure to specify "externip" or "externhost" in sip.conf. I personally have externhost configured to a dyndns.org account that resolves to my WAN ip address.
1.c) make sure you have "nat=yes" in sip.conf
1.d) make sure you configure "localnet=" in your sip.conf to your network. You can use the RFC1918 method or CIDR method. I chose the later of the two for my network. Change accordingly.
1.e) in your SIP provider's context in sip.conf, make sure you have "outboundproxy=192.168.1.1", replacing 192.168.1.1 with whatever your pfSense running siproxd ip address is. Here is my example context for use with BroadVoice:
[sip.broadvoice.com] type=peer user=phone host=sip.broadvoice.com outboundproxy=192.168.1.1 fromdomain=sip.broadvoice.com fromuser= <censored>secret= <censored>username= <censored>insecure=very context=ivr authname= <censored>dtmfmode=inband dtmf=inband canreinvite=no</censored></censored></censored></censored>
Please note that if you don't use asterisk and use a softphone for your voip provider, you will use your pfSense ip address for the proxy instead of your voip provider.
- Confiigure pfSense firewall/nat rules.
2.1) For this you will need the ports you setup in step 1.a above. I will be using my port configuration. Add a NAT rule for RTP. This is essential or you will have no audio or one way audio in your calls. I use TCP/UDP though RTP should only be UDP, change if you want. Also change the NAT IP to whatever your asterisk server is and change the description to something that makes sense for you.
Interface: WAN Protocol: TCP/UDP External port range: From: 10000 External port range: To: 20000 NAT IP: 192.168.1.50 Local Port: 10000 Description: Asterisk PBX - RTP Enable Auto-add a firewall rule to permit traffic through this NAT rule
2.2) For this you will need the ports you setup in step 1.a above. I will be using my port configuration. Add a NAT rule for SIP. This is essential or you won't be able to receive calls and you may have trouble registering with your SIP provider. Also change the NAT IP to whatever your asterisk server is and change the description to something that makes sense for you.
Interface: WAN Protocol: TCP/UDP External port range: From: 5060 External port range: To: 5060 NAT IP: 192.168.1.50 Local Port: 5060 Description: Asterisk PBX - SIP Enable Auto-add a firewall rule to permit traffic through this NAT rule
- Now the fun part: installing and configuring siproxd on your pfSense box.
3.a) Install siproxd by going to the pfSense web UI and going to System -> Packages. Hit the "+" button to the right of siproxd and let pfSense install the SIP proxy.
3.b) Go back to the main pfSense web UI page then go to Services -> siproxd. It may be under Services -> SIP Proxy as well. Here is how I have my siproxd configured, be sure to change your "Outbound Proxy Hostname" to the hostname or IP (IP in my case) to your sip provider. Options I don't specify here I leave blank or default.
Inbound Interface: LAN Outbound Interface: WAN Enable RTP Proxy: Enable RTP Port Range (lower): 7070 RTP Port Range (upper): 7080 Outbound Proxy Hostname: 220.127.116.11
Basically when you make a call your asterisk box will talk to the SIP proxy, the SIP proxy will then talk to your VoIP provider. When you receive a call your VoIP provider will talk directly with your asterisk box (this is important for setting "externip" or "externhost" in sip.conf).
And that's it! That is how my asterisk/siproxd is configured and has been working beautifully for me for a long time now. No registrations problems, no call issues, no audio problems. Perfect. I hope this helps someone.
I also have traffic shaping enabled to allow 4 simultaneous 64kbps calls to happen and guarantee bandwidth, but that is pretty much straight forward and you should look for help configuration the traffic shaper.
- Configure your Asterisk.
hatboy last edited by
I always wondered, what is the benefit for having a sip proxy installed? I am running an asterisk box for almost a year in my office with pfsense and without a sip proxy solution implemented and everything works great.