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Support TLSv1.3

Support TLSv1.3

miniSIPServer recently is upgraded to support TLSv1.3. This modification doesn’t affect configuration, so you need to do nothing if you upgrade your miniSIPServer to the latest versions.

Two modules could use TLS transport: (1) SIP server, and (2) Embeded HTTP server. If your SIP phones can support TLSv1.3, it is better to use TLSv1.3 to protect communication. Please refer to “SIP over TLS” document for more details. Both local miniSIPServer and cloud miniSIPServer can support SIP over TLSv1.3 now.

By default, miniSIPServer starts an embeded HTTP server for web management. If you want to manage it through the pubilc network, you have to enable TLS transport to protect HTTP information. In another way, most navigators, such as Chrome, Edge, Firefox and so on, can support TLSv1.3 now. Please refer to “web management” document to enable encrypted HTTP.

181 “Call Is Being Forwarded”

181 “Call Is Being Forwarded”

“Call forwarding” is a very traditional service in VoIP or communication fields. By default, SIP clients can send 3xx messages to miniSIPServer to invoke a forwarding. In another way, miniSIPServer can also directly invoke forwarding by itself.

But when the callee side is being forwarding, the caller side knows nothing about it. In most scenarios, the caller parties don’t care the forwarding. but some customers sometimes need to know what happens when the call is being forwarded.

miniSIPServer can send 181 “Call Is Being Forwarded” messages back to the caller side to update it that callee side is being forwarding. In the 181 messages, miniSIPServer will add a Call-Info header to indicate the forwarding information. Please refer to the figure below.

Call fowarding with 181 messages

In this figure, there are two forwardings, (1) user B is being forwarded to user C; and (2) user C is being forwarded to user D.

The Call-Info header of the 181 message will indicate (1) the call is being forwarded, (2) who is being forwarded, and (3) who is being forwarded to. Please refer to the Call-Info header of the first 181 message which indicates user B is being forwarded to user C.

Call-Info: purpose=forwarding, username="userb", contact="userc"

RequestURI parameter of external lines

RequestURI parameter of external lines

When miniSIPServer sends out SIP messages, such as REGISTER or INVITE messages, to VoIP providers, it will add a parameter ‘user=phone’ after Request-URI. It is required by China Mobile network. In most scenarios, it is no problem since URI parameters are defined in RFC3261.

But unfortunately, some customers recently reported us that their miniSIPServers failed to connect to their VoIP providers because these providers’ servers cannot recognize parameters of Request-URI. Of course, the easy way is that the VoIP providers upgrade their servers to fit RFC3261, then everybody will be comfortable.

Some of them insist on their status and refuse to make any change. Then we have to make a change in external lines’ configuration. Please refer to the figure below.

Additional parameter of Request URI configuration

We add a new item “additional parameter of Request URI” in external lines’ outgoing call configuration. Then customers can control the parameter according to their real network environments.

In another way, if the GUI is in Chinese which means the customer might configure miniSIPServer for China networks, the default value of such item will be “user=phone”. Otherwise, its default value is blank. We think it will flexibly fit the network requirements around the world.

New web UI for miniSIPServer

New web UI for miniSIPServer

We upgrade web UI for miniSIPServer, including cloud miniSIPServer and local miniSIPServer. The new web UI is quite like GUI of local miniSIPServer. Please refer to the figure below.

We hope users who are familiar with local miniSIPServers can enjoy it and experience the cloud miniSIPServer system quickly.

Additional parameter of Request-URI

Additional parameter of Request-URI

By default SIP network always uses SIP URI to carry information, such as From, To, and so on. For example:

But for traditional telecommunication networks, they always use E.164 telephone numbers which are different with SIP URI. So ETSI (or 3GPP) defines a new URI, that is TEL URL. For example:


So when working with IMS networks, there could have two URI formats, SIP URI and TEL URI. miniSIPServer can support both formats, it can process TEL URI of incoming calls automatically, but all outgoing calls always use SIP URI formats.

It could be a problem. Fortunately IMS networks consider it very carefully. For example, China Mobile can accept TEL URI and SIP URI with special parameter ‘user=phone‘ which is described below.;user=phone

If we configure external lines of miniSIPServer to work with China Mobile networks, it can be no problem because miniSIPServer will automatically add ‘user=phone’ to Request-URI. But in some markets, China Mobile requires to establish SIP trunk connections, then it could be a problem. miniSIPServer will not add ‘user=phone’ in Request-URI since we think it is a ‘server to server’ scenario.

To fix that, we add a ‘additional parameter of Request-URI’ parameter in SIP trunk outgoing call configuration. Please refer to the figure below.

Additional parameter configuration
Additional parameter configuration

Reliability of Provisional Responses

Reliability of Provisional Responses

As we know, RFC3262 defines SIP reliability of provisional responses. It is an old feature and miniSIPServer ( both local versions and cloud versions) can support it for a long time. When working with traditional telcom carriers, this feature is mandatory, that means carriers will reject all incoming calls if they cannot support reliability of provisional responses.

RFC3262 defines a “100rel” parameter to indicate reliability of provisional responses, so we call it “100rel” capability. In normal, when invoking a call, the caller should make itself clearly that it can support “100rel” capability, and of course, the callee side should also make itself clearly that it requires to use “100rel” capability.

Basic call flow with 100rel
Basic call flow with 100rel

In the RFC3262, we can get following details:

…… the initial request contained a Supported or Require header field listing 100rel, and that there is a provisional response to be sent reliably. ……

UAS core … MUST contain a Require header field containing the option tag 100rel, and MUST include an RSeq header field.

Then both sides can establish reliability of provisional responses. Above figure describes the basic call flow. When UAC receives a 18x message which is a provisional response, UAC should send a PRACK message back to tell UAS that UAC has received its 18x message.

This is not a complex call procedure. We thought it wasn’t until several days ago. One of our cloud miniSIPServer customers reported he cannot make calls out. Then we traced his calls and get following call flow described below.

405 error in a 100rel procedure
405 error in a 100rel procedure

Unbelievable …… this voip provider requires “100rel” in its 183 messages, but once miniSIPServer sends PRACK messages to confirm that, it returns “405 method not allowed” to reject them, and it causes every call failed.

Why?! If it cannot accept or support PRACK messages, why does it require “100rel” in its provisional responses?

It is quite easy to fix that. Just remove its “require 100rel” from 18x messages, miniSIPServer will not send PRACK messages back. But unfortunately, the team of this voip provider doesn’t know how to do that.

Our customer is blocked and his service has to be stopped. In another way, I personally think some VoIP providers use public open source servers, such as Asterisk, FreeSwitch, and so on, to build their solutions, maybe they don’t have enough experts to understand what they built.

So we update miniSIPServer to add an option in external lines configuration to disable reliability of provisional responses. Please refer to the figure below.

Disable 100rel capability
disable reliability of provisional responses

If you check this item, the INVITE messages sent from miniSIPServer will not have “support 100rel” parameter. Once you meet such a ridiculous VoIP provider, you can try this.

Refuse some free email systems

Refuse some free email systems

Recently lots of customers reported that they didn’t receive activation emails when they signed up miniSIPServer cloud accounts. All of them are using free email systems, such as gmail, and so on.

At first we think such systems move our emails to spam boxes, but customers still cannot find them there, so we think our emails are blocked.

We completely understand that. Since lots of email are sent from our cloud system to free email systems, including activation emails, balance notification emails, and so on, some email systems detect us to be a spammer.

It confuses us and we don’t want that, so we decide that our cloud system cannot accept customers use free email addresses to sign up miniSIPServer cloud accounts. We hope our cloud system to be treated as a serious virtual VoIP system, and we hope our custmers can understand that.

Optimization: load IVR-XML files into memory

Optimization: load IVR-XML files into memory

In most scenarios, the size of IVR-XML files are very small, only several KB, so it is no problem to read these files from hard disk when processing an incoming call to trigger IVR service. But if there are heavy workloads, for example, huge concurrent calls to trigger IVR services, miniSIPServer has to read these files from hard disk frequently. Obviously, it will affect server’s performance.

So we try to optimize this and load all IVR-XML files into memory. If the file is not modified, IVR service will read it from memory directly. If the file is modified, miniSIPServer will reload it into memory automatically.

That means all IVR operations will be processed in memory and will never visit hard disk if the files are not modified. With this optimization, miniSIPServer will be faster than before.

Relay video streams

Relay video streams

With previous versions, if you want to configure miniSIPServer to relay media streams, miniSIPServer will only relay audio streams and discard video streams.

It is because video streams require much more bandwidth and calculation capability. Some devices cannot support that. But more and more customers require us to refine it to relay video streams at the same time since most devices are more powerful and they have enough bandwidth.

It seems reasonable and we think we need upgrade miniSIPServer to fit such requirements.

So the latest versions (build 20210604) are released. If miniSIPServer is trying to relay media streams, it will relay audio streams and video streams together.

You don’t need change your configuration. And please pay attention to your device capability and bandwidth.

Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled Maintenance

Our data center updates us that maintenance is required for one or more of our servers’ physical hosts. The hosts will be rebooted, and a number of critical updates will be installed.

The maintenance schedule in UTC is as follows:

2020-08-07 03:00:00 AM UTC

Important to know:
(1) A 2-hour window is allocated, however, the actual downtime should be around 45 – 60 minutes.
(2) Your virtual server(s) will be cleanly shut down and will remain inaccessible during the maintenance window.
(3) You might reboot your SIP phones/devices to register to virtual server(s) again once the virtual server(s) is(are) back to work.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!