To create a conference node, you need to create the following items:

  1. Vendor tariff, no routing, | rate
  2. Create a Destination Entry for Conference
  3. Customer tariff, including price that a PSTN user pays to call conference access number, and a rate for CONFERENCE
  4. Vendor connection for conferencing, using Vendor tariff
  5. Product containing Rating and Service entry for Conferencing using Customer Conference tariff
  6. Account that uses product that contains conferencing service information
  7. Access number for conferencing

The following will outline any specific instructions needed to configure the above items:

Vendor Tariff

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This tariff will function in a similar vain to the tariff used for terminating ONNET calls (calls from one device to another on the same SIP server), ensure that you use the following settings:

1. Service - Conferencing
2. Applied To - Vendor
3. Routing - No

Once you have configured the tariff, you will need to add a wildcard rate for any destination, this is represented with the | symbol (see above)

Add Destination

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Before creating the customer tariff, you will need to add the destination CONFERENCE to the Destinations section of your SIP environment

Customer Tariff

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When creating the customer tariff, ensure that it has the following properties:

1. Service - Conferencing
2. Applied To - Customer

Once you have saved the tariff, add an entry for CONFERENCE to the rates

Conference Vendor Connection

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This connection will be used to connect calls from the SIP to the conference (on the UM). So it is best created assigned to the Vendor used to terminate internal calls (in the above example, this is vendor 'ONNET').

Ensure that you set the Service Type to Conferencing and assign the Vendor tariff created in the first step of this article

Product Configuration

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To allow the BE to be able to process the call, you will need to assign the newly created Customer Tariff (named "Conferencing" in this example) to the product used by the account that is going to host the conference.

To do this, navigate to the product (Incoming Numbers, in this example), then to the Services and Rating tab, then click Add. You will then need to set the Service to "Conferencing", and the Tariff to "Conferencing".

Save your changes

Enabling Conferencing for an Account

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A conference must be hosted by an account, that account must use a product that possesses a Services and Rating entry for Conferencing (as we set up in the previous step).

To enable conferencing for this account, navigate to Service Features (1), Conferencing (2), and then check the "Conferencing Enabled" radio button (3), save your changes.

Once you have saved your changes, a link will have been generated (3), click this link and proceed to the next step

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Upon clicking the link, you will be directed to the UM node. On this screen, click Add, then set a name and configure the conference settings as required.

Take note of the Access Codes, these will need to be entered by the caller to gain access to the conference.

Creating an Access Number for Conferencing

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Finally, you will need to create a Conference Access Number. To do this, navigate to the Access Numbers part of your SIP environment, and click Add. You can now create and save the desired number to be dialled (by both PSTN and local accounts).