Getting Started to WeHostVoIP

WeHostVoIP or WeVoIP as we like to call ourselves, is a Multi-ISP, Multi-Tenant Cloud PBX created specially for Communication Service Providers.

Following this guide, you will be able to start a Cloud PBX operation in a few hours. There are several steps to prepare for an operation.

There are several steps to start an operation:

WeHostVoIP Concepts

There are three different consoles for WeVoIP.

ISP Console - https://uc.wehostvoip.io Tenant Console - https://uc.wehostvoip.io/tenants Phone Console - https://phone.wehostvoip.io

In the ISP console (https://uc.wehostvoip.io) you will configure the master plans for the Cloud PBX provider. You are going to attach carriers, create service plans, adjust normalization rules for numbers and many tasks you will have to do only once.

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The tenant console is really the PBX interface, you will create one or many Tenants per customer. There are no limits on the number of tenants created.

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Finally the phone interface is a WebRTC where you can make or receive calls. The system also supports almost any SIP phone or device.

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Step 1 Creating a new ISP

To create a new ISP, you have to start the signup process in the portal uc.wehostvoip.io

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Once you press signup, the system will ask you to provide an email for confirmation

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Now you have to go to your email and click on the email confirmation link. Once you have pressed the link you will see the ISP configuration link.

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Provide a Full Name and password for the username and press next

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Now, there are important parameters here. The most important parameter is the namespace. When you start using wehostvoip, to login in the system you will need your own namespace. Please choose a namespace and write down the name you will need in the future. Also important is the currency. Fill the rest of the information and press next.

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Just fill your contact data and press next

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Now you can customize your logos and colors. After doing it, press validate to check if you have filled all the required data.

Once you have finished you will be able to see the ISP interface

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Step 2 Creating a service plan

The service plan is the heart of the system. You will be able to change your customers using a prepaid or postpaid system. You can start with something as simple as charge per month and later create more sophisticated plans to charge per leg or per prefix. In the getting started we are going to create a simple plan to charge only a monthly fee.

Press, create service plan to start creating a plan.

Name your first service plan Default.

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For the next two menus below, check the box "No Service Deck", "No Rate Deck"

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Then press Create Service Plan, do not leave the page without creating the service plan.

Step 3 Creating a customer

After creating a service plan, you can now create a customer. Just press the customer menu on the right side and press create to create a new customer. Customer is one of your customers who will buy a PBX service. Before you can create a tenant, you have to create a customer.

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There are important things in this menu. The maximum number of subscribers and the maximum number of concurrent calls. You can control how many licenses each user is using from you. You have to select the service plan and all the other fields are self explanatory.

Step 4 Creating a carrier

Now it is time to specify where will you terminate your calls. For this getting started we are going to terminate calls using a test gateway called sipa.flagonc.com. You may test incoming calls registering a phone in the same server. I will provide instructions at the right point. For now let's create a gateway and a carrier. A carrier can have more than one gateway for redundancy, but the system does no route per prefix. This is the function of the ISP softswitch or gateway terminating the calls. We didn't want to have redundancy on these functions.

When creating a carrier, the first step is to create the gateway

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It really depends on the carrier terminating your calls. You may have to strip some numbers or prefix numbers before you deliver to your carrier. The gateway configuration allows you to do it. The authentication has to be per IP, we do not send digest credentials based on username and password.

After creating the gateway, associate it to the carrier and save.

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See, very quick, carrier is created

Step 5 Creating a Dialplan

Internally, WeHostVoIP handles all numbers in the E.164 format with "+" in front of the number. There are different ways to dial in each country. Sometimes you need to prefix the number you want to dial with 9 or 0. However everything has to be normalized to E164. We have created some presets for Brazil and the US. The dialplan has three very important fields. If you want to create a dial plan you need to understand regular expressions. There is the match expression to match the number, the subs expression to separate the number in chunks using parenthesis and the replacement expression to rebuild the number. You may use two variables CC (Country Code of the User) and _AC (Area Code of the User). If you are in a different country, please let me know and I can create a preset for your country to simplify. For getting started I'm going to use a preset for US without 9 as a prefix.

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Step 6 Add Numbers to the Inventory

This step is optional

If you have DID numbers or ranges to sell you have to specify them in your ISP. Your users will be able to allocate DIDs for their own users.

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Step 7 Creating Domains

This step is optional

You may create a domain directly below your namespace such as customer1.gettingstarted.com. For this you don't need to create a domain. However if your customer already uses Google Apps or Azure AD with a specific domain you can add their domains here. You have to verify the ownership of the domain by adding a TXT in a domain server.

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Step 8 Creating your first tenant

Most of the configuration you have done until now are made only once, except for customers. After this configuration you are now able to create a tenant to serve your customers.

To create a tenant is very simple, you start by adding a domain. It may be a subdomain of your namespace or the customer domain previously created and verified. Let's use customer1 here as the domain.

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After specifying the domain, you have to specify the Customer, Carrier, Admins, Dialplan and session border controllers. It is a very quick form. Each ISP should negotiate its own SBC for operations depending on the expected traffic. For demo purposes you can use demo.wehostvoip.io in the port 61110. This SBC limits the duration of the calls in 30 seconds and calls per second to 1 call each 30s. It is enough to test and see if WeHostVoIP fits your business model.

Step 9 Accessing your tenant

Click on the view button at the end of the row (close to the delete and edit buttons). You will get to the Tenant Interface like below.

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Once the login is completed, you will access the interface below.

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Step 10 Creating subscribers

Now, in the subscriber table, let's create two users, Alice and Bob. There are many fields to add in a subscriber. Let's go through them

  • Username - "Authentication Username"
  • Email - "Email for communication purposes. It is not used in the authentication"
  • Password - "SIP Password for phones"
  • Alias - "Alias of the SIP user, we often use the alias as the extension"
  • VoiceMail to Email - "After failing a call, the caller will be able to left a voice message in the subscriber's email"
  • Area Code - "Area code of the user"
  • Caller ID - "Overwrite user's caller ID with this caller ID"
  • Date Range - "Group of time rules defining the business hours"
  • Visual Plan - "Used only to receive calls"
  • Security Group - "Security group authorizing country prefixes"
  • Language - "Used for Text to Speech generation"
  • Call Group - "Numeric group for Source of Pickup Call"
  • Pickup Group - "Numeric Group for Pickup a Call"
  • Softphone password - "Password for the softphone and webphone"
  • Forward, Forward Busy and Forward no Answer -"Call forward configurations"
  • Maximum Concurrent Calls - "Maximum amount of concurrent calls"
  • Dial timeout - "How much to wait for the user to pickup a call"

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Don't forget to add a password for SIP and for the Softphone, write down the password you will need the password ahead

Step 11 Registering Alice in the WebPhone

To register Alice in the webphone, just go to the url https://phone.wehostvoip.io and add the name and password. At this point we still cannot log with Google or Azure. To do it it is required to register and verify a domain. You will only be able to log with Google or AzureAd if you have a synchronized domain. We have a special chapter for this.

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Once you login you should see a green circle in the upper right hand corner.

Step 12 Registering Bob in the Softphone

This is the free client for WeHostVoIP. If you prefer to use a full Unified Communication phone, contact us for an upgrade plan, as the UC phone is charged separately. Branding a new UC phone takes a lot of steps including the registration for a DUNS number and publishing on Apple and Google Store. These features are not covered in the Getting Started.

You can only use the softphone if you are using Windows 7 or later. Download the softphone from https://uc.wehostvoip.io/downloads/wevoip-3.20.7002.exe, extract and run the file

After the installation, log in using the username and softphone password.

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Step 13 Make a call between phones

Just call Alice and Bob by their names. You may use also their aliases alice (1000) and bob (1001). Dial 1000 from bob and 1001 from alice to test the dialing.

Step 14 Add a country in the security group

To avoid fraud, subscribers are not allowed by default to make PSTN calls. You will have to authorize the countries or prefixes to enable outbound calls. We've made this process very easy. In our cas we are adding USA. When you select USA it selects all area codes from the NANPA belonging to the USA and does not load Caribbean destinations frequently used for fraud.

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Step 15 Make a call to an external destination

Dial 2092488700, you should receive a funny message. As we are using the test gateway your call is not going to the PSTN. If you want your call to go to the PSTN you have to add your own carrier.

Step 16 Testing incoming calls

To test an incoming call is a little harder. If you have added a real carrier and you have real dids, the process is very easy. However for the purposes of this Getting Started Guide we are going to use a softphone connected to the test gateway to connect to our SBC demo.wehostvoip.io.

For more details, check our document Handling Incoming Calls