This section explains how to create and configure extensions in PortSIP PBX. There are multiple methods to create an extension.
- When provisioning a new phone, you could choose to create a new extension for that phone.
- Extensions can be manually created from the left menu: Call Manager > Extensions.
- Extensions can be imported from the
- Create the extension by calling the REST API.
- Create the extension by copying from an existing extension.
To configure an extension,
- 1.Sign in to the PortSIP PBX Web Portal by System Admin credentials, click the menu Tenants, select a tenant then click the Manage button to manage this tenant, or sign a user who has the
Tenant Adminpermission into the Web Portal to manage that tenant.
- 2.Click on the left menu option Call Manager > Extensions in the PortSIP PBX Web Portal. Click on Add to create a new one, or select an existing extension and click the Edit button to configure or manage the existing extension users.
Enter the Username and Password in the section User. Please keep in mind this username and password are only for access to the PBX Personal Web Portal. In case assume we create a user whose user name is jamesbond.
The user can grant permissions by selecting a role from the Role list box; the User role indicates that the user has typical extension access; the Admin role indicates that the user is a tenant administrator who can manage the tenant through the web portal.
If a user has the Admin role, we refer to him as a Tenant Admin. A tenant admin has ability to manage the tenant which it belongs.
The PortSIP PBX allows adding more than one administrator to a tenant.
The Email field is mandatory since the PBX will need to send the notification email to the user's email address.
The Display Name is the full name of the user, like James Bond.
After creating a user, that user can sign in to the Personal Web portal entering the Username, Password, and tenant's SIP domain.
Please refer to the below screenshot, which shows that the user of a tenant signs in to the web portal.
The extension number and password are mandatory fields that must be filled in under the Extension page.
If the tenant's SMTP server is configured, once an extension is successfully created, a welcome email will be sent to the user's email address with details about the newly created extension and PBX parameters such as the PBX SIP domain, the PBX IP, and the QR code. The PortSIP UC App can be used to scan the QR code and register to the PBX without having to enter any information manually.
There is a QR code for this extension; instead of entering the information manually, you can save the QR code and use the PortSIP App to scan the QR code to sign in to the PBX.
The Preferred transport for QR code list box allows you to specify the preferred transport for the QR code; when registering PBX by scanning the QR code, the PortSIP App will prioritize the preferred transport.
The Generate QR code with the below network interface option allows you to specify the "outbound proxy server" address for the client app when it scans the QR code to register to the PBX.
You can select a DID from the trunk and trunk DID pool for the extension in the Outbound Caller ID section; when the extension makes an outbound call to a trunk, the Outbound Caller I will be presented in the From header of the INVITE SIP message.
As shown in the screenshot below, if the call is made over trunk 1, the Outbound Caller ID will be 022000, and if it is made over trunk 2, the Outbound Caller ID is 88010.
- Record audio calls: If this option is selected, any audio calls with this extension audio calls will be recorded as audio files.
- Record video calls: If this option is selected, any video calls with this extension will be recorded as video files, and any video calls will be recorded as video files (MP4).
- Always make outbound anonymous calls: When this option is enabled, the user part of the "From", "P-Asserted-Identity", and "P-Preferred-Identity" headers in the INVITE message sent to the trunk will be set to "anonymous".
- Always deliver outbound caller ID: If you enable this option, the Outbound Caller ID will always be set as the user part of the From header in the INVITE delivered to the trunk.
Each extension can have a set of call forwarding rules that define what PortSIP PBX should do when the extension user is unable to answer an incoming call. This can be configured using the following criteria.
- The user’s status
- The time
Each status requires a call-forwarding rule. For example, if the user is unable to take a call whilst their status is "Available", the call can forward to voicemail or to the mobile phone number / Landline.
Forwarding the call to a certain mobile number requires the trunk and outbound rule configured.
The forwarding rules have the following optional values:
- Forward to voicemail: The call will be routed to the voicemail service so that the caller can leave a voice message. There is an option to select an extension number for the voicemail box. For example, if you select extension 108, the voicemail will be saved in the 108's mailbox; if you leave it blank, the voicemail will be saved in the extension's own mailbox.
- Forward to number: permits you to enter a number and then forward the call to that number; the number can be an extension number or system extension number(ring group, virtual receptionist, meeting number, queue number) or a PSTN phone number.
- Hangup: The call will be terminated by the PBX.
- Ring anyway: send the call to this extension anyway.
- Exceptions: you can create exception rules for an extension by entering the caller ID, selecting the time shifts in the Received During field, and choosing the desired action in the Forward To field. If a call matches one of the exceptions, it will be rerouted according to that exception rule and the extension’s normal forwarding rules will be bypassed.
The Voicemail page allows you to specify the extension's voice mail preferences (including the voicemail PIN number for authentication), enable or disable PIN Authentication, and enable PortSIP PBX to read out the message's date and time.
The Greetings for Voicemail section allows you to configure your voicemail greetings.
Click the "+" button to upload the new greeting file, and click the Lock icon to specify it as a greeting file.
The Office Hours Scheduling feature allows a user’s status to be changed on the basis of global office hours or specific office hours.
Choose whether the extension will use Global Office Hours or Specific Office Hours. Select the Use Specific Office Hours option to set specific office hours, and that allows the creation of different office hours for each day.
The time shift 00:00-23:59 indicates that the entire day is open for business, whereas 00:00-00:00 indicates that the entire day is closed.
You can configure the BLF lights on an IP phone in this tab.
Match a BLF button with an extension, so that this button will show the status of that extension. The number of available BLF buttons varies per phone. The following options are available for BLFs.
- BLF: shows the dialog status of another extension
- Speed Dial: link to a phone number for easy calling
- Custom Speed Dial
- Change Status
The balance for an extension can be recharged by the tenant administrator. When billing is enabled, the call will fail if the balance is insufficient.
We can see the extension status in the list by selecting Call Manager > Users from the menu. The extension's current status is indicated in the Status column. The alarm icon indicates that an extension has enabled push notifications successfully; the blocked icon indicates that the extension has enabled DND.
You can click on the search icon to check an online extension's device details.
As shown in the below screenshot, extension 102 is registered from a PortSIP UC client (IP is 192.168.0.22, the port is 5960 over the UDP transport), and the Yealink T53 IP Phone (IP is 192.168.0.36, the port is 5060 over the UDP transport).