Section 11.1. VoIP Troubleshooting Tools


11.1. VoIP Troubleshooting Tools

Here's what you'll need to troubleshoot a VoIP network:

  • A softphone, because softphones tend to be easier to configure than hardphones. They also provide more useful logging output. Xten Network's SIP softphone with logging output is available free from their web site (http://www.xten.com). A free H.323 softphone with logging output is OhPhone

  • A packet sniffer such as Ethereal, which runs on several platforms. It's available at http://www.ethereal.com. Snort can be useful for troubleshooting security issues, too

  • If you're troubleshooting from behind a firewall, you'll need access to an unfirewalled public IP address, too. SIP can be stymied by NAT firewalls (more on this later)

  • A SIP server like SIP Express Router (http://www.iptel.org/ser) or a SIP-compatible registrar like Asterisk or VOCAL. In this book, we've used Asterisk. For H.323 setups, a free gatekeeper and gateway like those included in Open H.323 are recommended



Switching to VoIP
Switching to VoIP
ISBN: 0596008686
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 172

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