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Carrier Management

ConnexCS allows for simplified carrier management through the Carrier tab. Here, you can add, modify, and delete carriers. It is found in the Management tab, the four horizontal lines beneath the Home icon in the dashboard:

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Carrier Overview tab

Add Carrier

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To add carriers:

  1. Navigate to Management > Carrier.
  2. Click the + button.
  3. Enter relevant carrier details.
  4. Click Save.

Carrier fields

Basic tab

  • Carrier Name: Enter a unique name for the carrier.
  • Channels: Add the number of channels (ports) in numeric digits. Set this to ZERO for unlimited channels.
  • CPS: Enter the carrier's max allotted calls-per-second.
  • Status: The carrier's status. A drop-menu contains the following options:
  • Active - carrier available to process calls.
  • Inactive - carrier will not process any calls.
  • Pending Approval - carrier is undergoing a verification process, but their credentials are in the system.
  • Currency: Choose the relevant currency for each carrier's country.

Portal tab

  • Portal URL: Enter the carrier's portal URL, ex: portal.yourcarrier.com
  • Portal Username: Add a unique name for the portal.
  • Portal Password: Enter the password used to sign into the carrier portal.
  • Portal Access: Decides if the current carrier has access to the portal.

Timeout tab

  • First Reply Timeout: Length of time for the carrier to respond after the first invite. Default = 30 seconds.
  • PDD Timeout: Length of time for the carrier to respond to the call. Default = 5 seconds.
  • Ring Timeout: Length of time the call may ring before it times out and sends a cancel message. Default = 60 seconds.

Config tab

  • PayPal Email: Enter the PayPal e-mail associated with the carrier's account.
  • Website: Add the carrier's official website.
  • P-Asserted-ID: Select display options for this CLI field
  • Consec Fail Backoff: IF Enabled, when a carrier goes down, the First Reply Timeout is skipped.

Address tab

  • Address: Add the carrier's address, including country and postcode/ZIP code.

Verification tab

  • Propagate Username: Used when the customer is sending information in addition to CLI information (ex: Company Name, Username)

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Delete Carrier

To delete existing Carriers:

  1. Select a carrier from the list using its checkbox.
  2. Click the trash bin icon and confirm.

Consecutive Failures

The Consec Fails (Consecutive Failures) increments a count of SIP failure responses. (The counter does not include SIP 200 responses for connected calls.) This simplistic measurement can measure a carrier's ability to connect calls: a connected call resets the counter, a failed call increments the counter by one.

Note

This mechanism can show false positives if the customer sends missed call traffic or calls wrong numbers. The counter is a quick way to see if a route is failing but should not be used as a comprehensive success monitor.

Sort Carrier by Status

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To view Carriers based on status:

  1. Click the Active button.
  2. Select an option from the dropdown menu to filter results.
  3. The display will change automatically according to your selection.

Searching Carrier

The search box on the Carrier Management screen is for finding specific information among your carrier listings.

Customizing The View

The Carriers view can be customized to display certain columns and filter results. Click the menu buttons on the extreme right and use the checkboxes to modify the view and filter results.

Carrier Configuration

To edit Carriers, select an entry from the list, then:

  1. Press the Edit button.
  2. Change the carrier's details and then press Save.

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Code Consistency

Code Consistency measures changes to response codes (specifically SIP 200 and 404s) returned from the carrier. It is useful for identifying routes of varying or poor quality. Effective carriers try to maintain 100% code consistency.

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Reply Management

Customers can use the Reply Management tab to customize responses based on the SIP message received from the carrier. This allows for more efficient messaging and system responses.

To edit Reply Codes:

  1. Select Edit on the right
  2. Select the action
    • Failover- allows the call to try the next carrier
    • Replace- enter the New Code and New Reason

Auth

Carrier Authentication uses IP addresses to allow or disallow attempts to access service.

To add a new authorized IP address:

  1. Click the + button on the right.
  2. Add details in the Basic and Advanced tabs to complete the IP's entry.
  3. Then click Save.

Outbound Proxy

On the Advanced tab, setting the Outbound Proxy and related Weights will route traffic through the specific IP. This reduces management overhead as a customer only needs to authorize the single IP. Additionally, multiple addresses can be load balanced using the AnyEdge system.

Failover

The Failover tab lists calls that failed with this carrier but connected with another carrier. This typically helps to troubleshoot an issue with carrier that is failing the calls. This can also be used to identify FAS (False Answer Supervision) billing fraud.

ConnexCS will halt routing on the following codes

  • 3XX (Re-write to 503)
  • 486
  • 480
  • 404

Latest Calls

The Latest Calls tab displays the most recent calls to pass through a given system. You can also simulate a call by clicking the green Simulate button.

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Payment

The Payment tab shows payments made to date. Add a new payment by clicking +, fill in the payment information, and the click Save.

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Stats

View carrier-related statistics by clicking Stats tab.

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Alerts

Use the Alerts tab to manage alerts that are tied to Balance or Consecutive Failures. These alerts can be sent to an email or phone number. See the Alerts page for details on how to manage them.

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DID

The DID tab displays a list of DIDs. New entries are added with the + on the left. After adding details, click Save.

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CDR

The CDR tab displays call drop rates. Recalculate CDRs for a specific month by entering the dates and clicking Recalc CDR.

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Special Considerations

Bandwidth.com has diverged from the SIP spec and exposed an internal IP address required for sequential requests. To ensure compatibility, set the switch manufacturer to bandwidth.com.