flowroute SIP with Cisco CUBE

Some time ago I wrote about a free SIP service from sip-ua.com (you can check out the post here).  I had been using the free service fairly regularly to test in my lab, but the inbound auto attendant took more time to use than I would like.  When you work on an IVR application and make test calls rapidly over a short period of time it becomes trying to wait 3 for a prompt just to listen to a playback timing change that may only take 1.5 seconds to verify.

Needless to say, I went in search of something that better suited what I doing; enter flowroute.  Flowroute had 2 big advantages for me, the first of which was price.  Since I am just using the service for my lab I needed something that had a very low monthly fee and no usage minimum, and flowroute checked both those boxes.  The second big factor for me was the availability of a proxy/registrar server because my internet connection unfortunately does not have a static IP address and the last thing on my mind is trying to troubleshoot routing settings every time my IP changes.

Getting the flowroute SIP service to work with a CUBE (Cisco Unified Border Element), which is Cisco’s implementation of Session Border Controller on an ISR (Integrated Services Router), is fairly straight forward; just an inbound and outbound dial-peer along with the SIP-UA credentials.  You can find my working config from my 2811 below.

voice service voip
 allow-connections sip to sip
dial-peer voice 1 voip
 incoming called-number .
 dtmf-relay rtp-nte
 no vad
dial-peer voice 2 voip
 destination-pattern <your DID from flowroute>
 session protocol sipv2
 session target ipv4:<ip of your inside device>
 dtmf-relay rtp-nte
 credentials username <username> password <password> realm sip.flowroute.com
 authentication username <username> password <password> realm sip.flowroute.com
 no remote-party-id
 retry invite 2
 retry register 5
 timers connect 100
 registrar dns:sip.flowroute.com expires 3600

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