FreePBX conference scheduling ...



  • I have 3 sites that I manage, 2 of which are using FreePBX and the other using a system from emetrotel which I believe to be a knockoff of FreePBX (many of the configuration pages are very similar to FreePBX; it is definitely asterisk based since I can get to the asterisk console).

    One aspect of the emetrotel system that is different though is how the conference bridges work. In FreePBX it doesn't appear that you can schedule conference calls by time nor assign a different meeting ID for separate meetings occurring on the same bridge. On the emetrotel system we can do this. For instance I can set up a number such that the caller is asked to enter a code to identify the meeting and then a PIN for that meeting (which can be different for the call leader). Is there similar functionality in FreePBX?

    With the FreePBX implementation the same PIN is set for every call that occurs on a particular conference bridge which would seem to be a security concern. For instance, you host a non sensitive call and give out the PIN and then later host a call that may contain sensitive discussion for which you wouldn't want callers from the previous call to be able to join even though they would have the PIN. I could use the leader wait option to try and limit the possibility that this could happen but that doesn't seem clean to me.

    Am I overthinking this threat? For those that are using FreePBX for their conference call needs how are you managing setup and scheduling of calls to prevent unauthorized participants and also to keep different conferences with overlapping time periods from trampling each other?



  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    nor assign a different meeting ID for separate meetings occurring on the same bridge

    That is not how asterisk works period, let alone conferences. You have a misunderstanding of how everything works.

    As you are using the term, a Conference Bridge is apparently a DID that people call in to.

    If you want to point the DID to an IVR to let users pick conferences, then make an IVR named Conference Bridge and set it up to route things correctly, or buy the Conference Pro module that includes this.



  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    With the FreePBX implementation the same PIN is set for every call that occurs on a particular conference bridge which would seem to be a security concern. For instance, you host a non sensitive call and give out the PIN and then later host a call that may contain sensitive discussion for which you wouldn't want callers from the previous call to be able to join even though they would have the PIN. I could use the leader wait option to try and limit the possibility that this could happen but that doesn't seem clean to me.

    Because you need to admin it. Or use FreeConferenceCall.com and trust them not to keep recordings of your calls.



  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    Am I overthinking this threat?

    It's you phone bill. Manage the system or suffer the consequences. that s your problem.



  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    For those that are using FreePBX for their conference call needs how are you managing setup and scheduling of calls to prevent unauthorized participants and also to keep different conferences with overlapping time periods from trampling each other?

    Conferences Pro lets users manage their own conferences via the UCP.

    You have choices.

    1. Admin the system
    2. Let someone else admin the Conference Module. Permissions are built in for this, have been for years and years.
    3. Don't give a fuck and let it fly
    4. Let users manage their own via conference pro.
    5. Write custom dial plan to handle conference scheduling and PIN randomization.


  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    Is there similar functionality in FreePBX?

    FreePBX itself, no. Asterisk, yes. But it's just the PBX, not the conference management platform. You'd have to write or acquire a conference management system that automated Asterisk to modify things for each meeting change so that it has the right things at the right time. Can be done, but it would be custom.



  • @BraswellJay said in FreePBX conference scheduling ...:

    With the FreePBX implementation the same PIN is set for every call that occurs on a particular conference bridge which would seem to be a security concern.

    That's the same as the others, they are just changing it automatically in between meetings. You'd have to do the same thing... either manually or through automation. It's the lack of pre-existing automation that makes it tough.


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