Using Asterisk as a standalone conferencing bridge

If I am in the wrong place please let me know:
I am new to Asterisk, but I would like to create a standalone system to provide a video conference facility for up to 6 people. Before I take the wrong path please can I ask what the best way forward is? I would prefer to base the system on RedHat Linux and I do not need to link the system to a to a telephone system it would be all workstation access via the internet, any additional advise would be greatly appreciated.

Have anybody got reply for this?


Not sure if meetme does video, app_conference does, but a better alternative would be something such as The Big Blue Button.
this have video voice, chat and desktop sharing.


I need to set up video conferencing using asterisk.Which version of asterisk supports this and what is the softphone go well with this and also whether we need any video conferening software like vmukti?

why must it be Asterisk?


The requirement is that…we have an assignment to do in asterisk…

Well not really the best product to do it with, So I guess you took on a job and now have come to a forum to ask how to do it, correct ? Best thing to do is to go back to the client explain the situation and work with them.


Thanx for your reply…

actually it is not a job assigned…since we have worked on asterisk we are trying to set up video conferencing through is of our own interest.

I have gone through some sites and my idea is using asterisk and ekiga as client can we try for video conferencing?please give you opinion…

Asterisk 10 beta or the current SVN trunk code will support “simple” video conferencing with app_confbridge. You need to enable it in the confbridge.conf file. I have it working in my enterprise environment; seems stable to me.

There is a wiki article on this site ( … fBridge+10) that has the requirements, but in short the endpoints must all be the same because Asterisk does not currently do transcoding/transrating/scaling. All it will do is switch the video from the talker or a marked user to all other participants. (But that’s a lot in and of itself.)

If you want open source (well, not quite) video conferencing with all those other features you should take a look at Dialogic’s DiaStar project. It uses Asterisk plus some Dialogic open source, plus closed source to do everything I mentioned above. There is a relatively small licensing fee for the closed source part, but they will give you a small free testing license for 45 days. It took me a while to get working; it was definitely complex to set up, but the folks from Dialogic were helpful.

I’m sure there are other products out there, so I’m sure you’ll get other opinions.

Good luck.