Asterisk vs FreeSwitch?
torriem at gmail.com
Sat Feb 23 09:36:16 MST 2013
On 02/22/2013 11:03 PM, Tod Hansmann wrote:
> FreeSWITCH gets into trouble is their community is much more "rtfm" and
> less hand-holdy than Asterisk, though several of the community are more
> than friendly, and they REALLY know their stuff for the most part.
Several years ago I had occasion to ask a few questions on the asterisk
IRC channel and I found at least one of their main "experts" to be
extremely RTFM-ish. He kept telling me I didn't know what I was talking
about, when in fact it was he who didn't understand what I was asking.
When I pushed back a bit he got all angry and basically said what I
wanted to do was stupid anyways. Really soured me to asterisk.
I've since learned that Asterisk really sucks at what I wanted to do.
Basically I wanted to have a dialplan that could take a number, say BYU
phone numbers, and turn them into url-based addresses
(number at sip.byu.edu) but pass them through a sip provider trunk instead
of talking to sip.byu.edu directly. Unfortunately Asterisk just cannot
deal with urls in their dialplans. It's a major weakness in asterisk,
though an understandable one since telephones have number pads only
typically. Anyay on IRC I was told to just use sip.byu.edu as a trunk
and places the calls directly (since sip.byu.edu knows what to do with
the numbers). The folks on IRC berated me for even wanting to do what I
needed to do. Just fix my stupid firewall he said (which was outside my
Of course if BYU actually registered their numbers with the ENUM service
(DNS for SIP), then I could have simply used, say, sipgate.com as a
trunk and they could use ENUM to figure out a no-cost dialing path. But
since BYU doesn't (or hadn't at the time) I was kind of stuck.
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