Asterisk 1.8.0-RC2 Works with Broadvoice, IPKall, FWD

Just installed Asterisk 1.8.0-rc2 on my OpenSUSE 10.3 x86_64 system and thought I’d share my initial impressions after upgrading from Asterisk 1.4.33->>1.8.0-rc2. I was hoping to achieve better send FAX success over Broadvoice (haven’t had a chance to test this yet).

  1. 1.8.0-rc2 works with Broadvoice. 1.8.0-beta5 didn’t work with Broadvoice. This beta5 incompatibility prevented me from earlier adoption of 1.8.0-beta5 and caused me to back off to v1.6.2.11.

  2. Both 1.8.0 versions work with FreeWorld Dialup (FWD).

  3. Both 1.8.0 versions work with IPKall.

  4. 1.8.0-rc2 appears to duplex much better than any previous versions. I’m using Sipura 2100 ATA’s, Firmware 3.3.6, Hardware 1.0.0. I talk to one or two people who will talk over the top of a conversation, or talk non-stop until interrupted. 1.8.0-rc2 appears to handle this condition very well, pretty much like a normal PSTN service.

  5. I had to comment out all the NoOp commands which I previously used to display call information on the console. After this, my extensions.conf is working again.

My first impression is 1.8.0-rc2 is a win, working better for me than any previous version. My system has a “real” IPv4 address with NAT required to reach the Sipura ATA’s on the private LAN side. My Linux system is my router (two network cards, 1. Internet/ISP, 2. Internal 192.168.90.x Class C private LAN). Asterisk bridges both networks. Linux system is running on an AMD64 Athlon X2 5200+ processor which is running a large number of applications for my home environment.

I’m still fighting to get used to CLI> changes; “show version” -> “core show version”, “stop now”->“core stop now”, “extensions reload”->“dialplan reload”, etc.