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chan_sip FreePBX

Taking advantage of SignalWire’s extremely disruptive pricing for DIDs and minutes with FreePBX on chan_sip is super easy!

Deprecation Warning

The chan_sip module in Asterisk has been deprecated since Asterisk 17 and will receive no further development effort. Further, there are limitations in chan_sip when it comes to receiving inbound calls from SignalWire, and moving to PJSIP is strongly advised - as discussed in this guide.

IF you still prefer to move forward with chan_sip, here are the instructions!

Creating a SIP Endpoint

If you don't have a SIP endpoint set up already, the first step is to create a SIP Endpoint and connect it to a phone number.

Editing the Signalwire SIP Endpoint for chan_sip FreePBX

There are a couple of settings we need to change on the SIP Endpoint we have created in SignalWire to get good interworking with FreePBX:

  1. Set Encryption to ‘Required’
  2. Disable the Encryption option for AEAD_AES_256_GCM_8 as Asterisk is not currently supported and will cause a warning on the Asterisk Command Line (though calls would still work).
A screenshot of the settings for a given SIP endpoint in the SIP tab of a SignalWire Space. Encryption has been set to 'Required'. The endpoint has been set to use default codecs and custom ciphers. All options under Supported Ciphers are checked except for AEAD_AES_256_GCM_8.

Setting Up chan_sip FreePBX

With the above in place, having this SignalWire SIP Trunk added and working on FreePBX is done in just a few easy steps.

Find Trunks under the Connectivity menu, then add a SIP (chan_sip) trunk, and on the **General ** tab enter the following:

Trunk Name: SignalWire (Can be anything you want)
Outbound CallerID: 1-111-2223333 (whatever DID you purchased)

A screenshot of the General tab of an Edit Trunk page. Hide CallerID is set to No. Outbound CallerID is set to the purchased DID, in this case 14693733729. CID options is set to Allow Any CID. Maximum Channels is blank. Asterisk Trunk Dial Options is set to System. Continue if Busy, Disable Trunk, and Monitor Trunk Failures are all set to No.

On the Sip Settings tab and the Outgoing sub-tab, enter the following:
Trunk Name: freepbx (the name you gave the SIP endpoint)

In the Peer Details box, add the following lines:
type=peer (your space URI)
defaultuser=freepbx (your SIP endpoint name)
fromuser=freepbx (your SIP endpoint name)
secret=password (your SIP endpoint password) (your space URI) (your space URI)
encryption=yes (enables media encryption)

A screenshot of the Outgoing tab of the sip Settings tab of the Edit Trunk page.The indicated text has been entered within the PEER details field.

In the SIP Settings tab and the Incoming sub-tab, there is just one thing to add, and that is the Register String, at the bottom:
Register String:
(username:password@your space URI)

In the Incoming sub-tab of the SIP Settings tab, the Register string has been entered in the field labeled Register String.

There are just three more SIP settings to change, and they are all to be found under the top-level Settings menu and then picking the Asterisk SIP settings option.
The first two are found on the General SIP settings tab, under Security Settings. They are:

Allow Anonymous Inbound SIP Calls = NO
Allow SIP guests = YES

A screenshot showing the indicated settings changes.

The last one is on the SIP Legacy Settings [chan_sip] tab in the Advanced General Settings section, where you will change the following:

Default Context: from-signalwire (this directs all ‘unrecognized’ SIP calls into)
(the ‘from-signalwire’ dialplan context,)
(where we will obtain the dialed number)
(from within the SIP header)

A screenshot of the SIP Legacy Settings tab in the Advanced General Settings sections, showing the indicated changes.

Lastly, there is a small amount of dialplan script to add (which we will place in a context called ‘from-signalwire’ - which we just set as the Default Context above), in order to extract the dialed number from the SIP Header, before passing the call to FreePBX for normal processing. We do this by entering the following lines in a file called extensions_custom.conf (which may be empty) using the inbuilt config editor in the Admin menu (Admin > Config Edit > extensions_custom.conf):

exten => s,1,Set(numb=${CUT(CUT(SIP_HEADER(To),@,1),+,2)})
same => n,Goto(from-pstn,${numb},1)
A screenshot of the Configuration File Editor, with the extensions_custom.conf file selected. The provided code has been pasted in the conf file.

Now just set up your inbound routing (the DID will be in the format 14693733729) and your outbound routing as normal. You should now be able to make outbound calls over your SignalWire SIP trunk and accept incoming calls to the number you purchased, saving you a ton of money!


If you are not receiving inbound calls, make sure that your FreePBX has successfully registered with SignalWire - this is done by clicking on Reports and choosing Asterisk Info, then clicking on Registries from the list on the right-hand side.

If it does not show ‘Registered’ (as shown below), go back to step 4 above, and double-check that your Registration credentials (your SignalWire SIP endpoint name, password, and space URI) are all correct.

A screenshot of the Asterisk Info page within the Reports section. Registries has been selected, and in the SIP section, the Refresh State value reads 105 Registered. This value is circled in red.