Endpoint Groups

Overview

The endpoint group section is the heart and soul of the Skyetel platform. This is where you enable your systems to be able to place and receive calls through our network. There are two types of items to be aware of:

  1. Endpoints - the term we use to describe any system that can place and receive calls on our network. This is usually a PBX or a SIP router. 
  2. Endpoint Group - the term we use to describe a group of endpoints (duh (smile)). Endpoint groups allow you to have multiple priorities or routing methods (Round Robin, Priority, Etc) for a particular number

You can use these items to create an impressive amount of options for your routing and resiliency needs.

Create an Endpoint Group

An individual endpoint cannot exist without a corresponding endpoint group (this is because you route phone numbers to endpoint groups instead of individual endpoints). Therefore, when you create a new endpoint group, you will need to provide information about both the Endpoint Group and the individual Endpoint:

First, you'll need to give it a Name (as shown above). This is the name of the Endpoint Group, and not the name for the individual Endpoint. 
Second, you'll need to specify the Priority for the first Endpoint. (Please note - the higher the number, the higher the priority. We recommend 100 as your first Endpoint's Priority)
Third, you'll need to specify the IP Address of the first Endpoint. This is the actual public IP of your system.
Fourth, specify the Port that your system is listening on. Typically this is 5060, but some systems (like Freeswitch) prefer other ports (like 5080)
Fifth, specify the Protocol. UDP is the default that all SIP endpoints speak, but TCP is recommended if your endpoint supports it.
Last, give your Endpoint a Description. This can be anything that will help you identify how this Endpoint is being configured

Once you have added these items, click add. You will then see your new Endpoint Group in the list

Modify an Endpoint Group

Once you have an Endpoint Group created, you can edit it anytime by clicking on the small blue gear icon:

This will open a new dialogue where that gives you more details about your individual Endpoints:

You can modify any of the settings of the Endpoint by clicking its corresponding blue gear (just like the one for the Endpoint Group section). Additionally, you can click Add to add additional Endpoint to your Endpoint Group:

From here, click the little green check-mark to save your new Endpoint.

Important Things to Know

Skyetel does not use SIP Registration

This means that once you add your IP to the Endpoint Group, that system can begin immediately sending calls through our network. There are no Usernames or Passwords for Endpoints. 

There are no Channel Limits

Once your system is added to our systems, you can route a near-unlimited number of calls. You are only billed for your usage.

Changes are instant

Once you Add/Remove an Endpoint or Endpoint Group to our network, the changes will complete network-wide within 60 seconds. 

Descriptions and Names are searchable

You can search through all of your Endpoints and Endpoint Groups using information you entered into those fields. 

Specifying a custom port only works with inbound calls; outbound calls need to be sent to us on port 5060

When you specify a custom port on our network, that is the port we will use to deliver SIP to your endpoint. When you are delivering SIP to our routers, we accept only 5060.

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